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Family Seeking Stem Cell Treatment for Girl

8-year-old Sierra Journey Factor is getting national media attention as her family attempts to raise funds to send her to China for a life-extending stem cell treatment in August. Sierra has Type II spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Also, she has restrictive lung disease, a biproduct of SMA, and polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder characterized by multiple cysts in both kidneys. Since Sierra's initial acceptance into the stem cell program at the treatment center in China, the family has been trying to raise the estimated $50,000 they will need to cover the stem cell injections, travel costs and associated expenses for the 30-day stay. The stem-cell injections Sierra will receive are from umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded as medical waste. Sierra’s mother said they have about half of the needed funds necessary for the procedure and related expenses.

8-year-old Sierra Journey Factor is getting national media attention as her family attempts to raise funds to send her to China for a life-extending stem cell treatment in August. Sierra has Type II spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Also, she has restrictive lung disease, a biproduct of SMA, and polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder characterized by multiple cysts in both kidneys. Since Sierra's initial acceptance into the stem cell program at the treatment center in China, the family has been trying to raise the estimated $50,000 they will need to cover the stem cell injections, travel costs and associated expenses for the 30-day stay. The stem-cell injections Sierra will receive are from umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded as medical waste. Sierra’s mother said they have about half of the needed funds necessary for the procedure and related expenses.

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