On November 22nd W Realty hopes you will join our staff in supporting a fellow South Carolinan. Donna Linares is a family friend of W Realty and we are extremely thankful for this opportunity to help out a friend.  From 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. We are sponsoring a 10% night at Texas Roadhouse located at 400 Columbiana Drive Columbia, South Carolina.  Texas Roadhouse is donating 10% of every check to Donna.  Just by eating dinner you are helping us help her!

About her :

Donna woke up one morning experincing double vision.  At first, she ignored this, figuring it would go away.  Eventually, she went to the eye doctor, who upon consultation referred her to a neurologist.  The neurologist proceeded by running several tests and came back with news that Donna would most likely be in a wheelchair within the next ten years.  Her first thought was only for the wellbeing of her son and how would she care for him.  Multiple Sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.  It's symptoms vary from numbness and tingiling to paralysis and blindness. Diagnosed at 29, Donna's MS was managble for ten years before her symptoms began to grow.  The injections used to combat her symptoms had horrible side effects that were more debiltating then the symptoms themselves.  Today, she cannot walk unaided, has cognitve function problems, and bladder problems, just to name a few.

 Why she needs our help:

Donna is traveling out of the country to get Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantion or HSCT, a chemotherapy proceduere that utilzies the patient's own stem cells to reboot the immune system.  The patient's stem cells are removed, the patient is then given chemotherapy, and then the patient's stem cells are placed back in their body.  Even though this procedure has proven a 90% success rate and used in trials on MS for the past twenty years, it is not approved by the FDA in the United States for MS.  In today's hospitals this procedure is done everyday for Lukemia and Lymphoma.  While there is a trial for  MS patients in Chicago, Illinois, Donna does not qualify.  She along with so many others has to travel out of the country to get her second chance at life.  With this procedure, she could walk again and live without pain, her cognitive functions will improve and she can have a normal life.

As a small business in a big pond, we want to make a difference, not only to our clients and staff but to those who share our community.  The greater columbia area is our home and we know it's yours too, so help us help her.  Grab a steak and a sweet tea and donate to Donna.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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