MissMarissa101.org - Please donate.
Marissa Book of Hope Donate    Updates    Headlines

Move Over Ice Bucket Challenge. Here Comes Fight Ataxia's
Pie In The Face Challenge. Watch Video

Teen's Brain Cancer Post-Surgery Goes Very Wrong

Video of Marissa. Click Here. Riverside, CA - Marissa was like any vibrant 17 year old - full of life with dreams, ambitions and hanging with friends. Then she hit a large speed bump in the road of life. She was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Thankfully, everything was removed and hasn't returned -- no cancer and no tumor.

However, a couple days after the surgery in February 2008, Ataxia set in. Now she has motor skill challenges and is in a wheel chair. Her loved ones have created this website and ask that you please donate so Marissa can get the treatments to help her fully recover. These treatments are not covered by insurance. Please watch the video with this article and follow the updates below.


A Step In The Right Direction

Riverside, CA - Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, Marissa was able to pay the first injection on the road to recovery in November 2012. Although she did have improvements, her doctor says she still needs one or more injections. Please donate so Marissa can get the next round of treatments to help her fully recover. And also follow the updates below. Here's Marissa's video update June 2013...

Video Update. Click Here.



It Feels Great to Donate

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
- Booker T. Washington

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
- Maya Angelou

Please help Marissa get her next medical treatment. Donate what feels right, if you were in her shoes.
Donate in right column


Please Give Cheerfully...

Miss Marissa Donations

Your name:

Amount (USD):

Most recent donors
Samantha $20.00
Joe Quinteros $100.00
Marty $25.00
Mom $100.00
Mom $60.00
Total Amount $390.00
Target to reach $3000.00



UPDATE September 15, 2014 - The organizers at FightAtaxia.org intend to pass the ice bucket challenge donations and get Ellen DeGeneres to do the pie in the face challenge on her show. (This video is really shaky because Marissa filmed it.)

UPDATE June 10, 2013 - Posted video update above: "A Step In The Right Direction."

UPDATE January 25, 2013 - Marissa's mom wrote a children's book with Marissa helping on illustrations with the intention to raise money for a 2nd procedure at UCLA for Marissa and to help many others. 40% of profits will be evenly allocated to Children's Cancer Research and Stem Cell Therapy. To purchase books please go to Lulu.com

Besides these goals Marissa and her mom have begun passing out their books for free to seriously ill children at their local hospitals. They hope others will act in kind. Purchase 10-20 books and give to the pediatric ward at their local hospitals all across the USA! Marissa and her Mom's next stop is Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

UPDATE: October 15, 2012 - Through this website and a local car wash sponsored by Carl's Jr. (@ Diamond Dr.) and the city of Lake Elsinore, Marissa received the procedure at UCLA. There were some improvements but not as much as expected. UCLA doctors informed us beforehand that some patients require 2 or 3 treatments for optimum results. This is the case for Marissa too. She needs more treatments. Please help.

UPDATE: February 5, 2012 - Fantastic News!! The fundraising car wash and website donations were a success. UCLA will be contacted Monday to schedule an appointment for Marissa's procedure. Thank you to everyone involved in the car wash and to all donors.

UPDATE: January 12, 2012 - Good news! UCLA's Institute for Neurological Research has discovered a simple procedure that repairs swelling and inflammation in virtually any brain trauma - including Ataxia. Doctors have witnessed incredible results in Ataxia patients including normal smooth movements in the arms and legs, better or normal speaking voice and even walking un-assisted using only a 4-prong cane.

After nearly four years of diligent, challenging and excruciating therapy, Marissa is excited to be one of the next patients. But she needs $3,900 to participate. If this procedure goes well, stem cell therapy may not be needed.


Brain Ataxia Headlines

Game, fundraiser support Leominster's Mullaney siblings
It usually begins in childhood and leads to impaired muscle coordination (ataxia) that worsens over time. Kaela, now 24, and Joey, 20, are able to live independent lives. They both use motorized scooters and wheelchairs to get around. They are able to ...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:54:00 GMT

Global Ataxia Central Nervous System Market: New market research published
28.10.2014 02:01:01 - Ataxia Global Clinical Trials Review, H1, 2014 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com (live-PR.com) - The clinical trial report, Ataxia Global Clinical Trials Review, H1, 2014 provides data on the Ataxia clinical ...
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:05:00 GMT

Local businessmen raise £1,000 for Ataxia charity
A leading national charity in the region has received a cash boost thanks to two Harrogate businessmen. Keith Hemmings and Charles Paines of event services company Joe Manby Limited have completed this year’s gruelling Big Bad Bike Ride – raising more ...
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:10:00 GMT

Mother-of-two to take on Chalfont St Peter run for brother
Mr Allen, of Wheelers Orchard, Chalfont St Peter, who works as a nursery assistant in Chesham Bois, suffers from cerebella ataxia, which affects balance, co-ordination and speech. Despite doctors telling their parents Mr Allen would never be able to walk ...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:16:00 GMT

Friedreich’s Ataxia
“He has provided hope and passion to others battling FA, along with their families; giving them the ride of their lives.” When people are around Kyle Bryant for even a few minutes, they seem to immediately get a sense of
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Sutton schoolgirl Kira becomes a calendar girl to raise money to help beat her rare genetic condition
Kira Carrington was thrilled to be pictured on the January page of the 2015 A-T Society calendar. Kira was diagnosed with the condition Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), a condition which causes disability and a weakened immune system. when she was 4.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:46:00 GMT

What is ataxia - and could you have it?
You may not have heard of ataxia, but with September 25 marking International Ataxia Awareness Day, now could be the time to find out about it - and maybe even make sure you're not one of the 10,000 UK adults suffering from it. The word ataxia comes from ...
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:59:00 GMT

My battle with Ataxia: rare condition won’t rob me of my independence
HE’S been barred from pubs because security staff wrongly assumed he was drunk. Now Sam Carson always carries a card which explains that he suffers with a rare neurological condition called ataxia which affects his balance and speech. Sam, who is 35 and ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:51:00 GMT

Seriously ill couple decorate house for Halloween
Anastasia-Camille has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (type 2), a chronic systemic disease characterized by severe pain and swelling, while her husband has Friedreich's Ataxia, a rare genetic illness which affects the nervous system. She said: "Halloween ...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:32:00 GMT

Sunday polo event to support Ataxia UK
An afternoon polo event in support of a new Oxford branch of Ataxia UK is being held on Monday at Kirtlington Park. Ataxia is a distressing medical condition few will have heard of. No more would I have done, were it not for the fact that I have a close ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:00 GMT


Marissa   |   Book of Hope   |   Donate   |   Updates   |   Headlines

© 2013 MissMarissa101.org. All Rights Reserved.
By using this website, you agree to all policies herein.