Northern suburbs’ residents and the wider community are attempting to raise enough money to send mother-of-two Jodi Russell overseas for stem cell treatment, which could halt her multiple sclerosis.
After watching her friend exhaust all Australian treatments for the auto-immune disease, Renee Solomon helped put together a fundraising committee to ‘save Jodi’s life’.
‘Fix Jo In Moscow was formed for the purpose of not only raising the necessary funds to get Jodi to Russia for her treatment, but also to help raise much-needed awareness about the limited access to this treatment in Australia,’ Mrs Solomon said.
The Ellenbrook Christian College learning support teacher has experienced severe pain, fatigue, loss of balance, eye discomfort, hearing and vision loss, muscle spasms, depression and memory loss since her diagnosis in 1999.
‘We are well on our way to reaching our goal through successful raffles, auctions, a high tea, family fete and generous gofundme donations, but we have a very long way to go,’ Mrs Solomon said.
Group member Dwayne ‘BigFella’ Te Aho recently walked from Wanneroo to Perth and back to contribute $3000 to the collection.
The group will host a Bogan Bingo and Comedy Show night this Saturday to help raise the bar to $100,000. Jodi is due to travel to Moscow for treatment in January.
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