Dana's community have come together to do what the US healthcare system could and would not...help give her access to the best available treatment.
Sometimes people say "you never know who your reals friends are"...but this could be more FALSE in the case of Yolanda Whitted and Tina Oxendine. Tina and Yolanda are so close they consider each other 'sisters'. The two have been friends since elementary school and Tina has been a huge supporter for Yolanda ever since her MS (Multiple Sclerosis) diagnosis in 2013. Tina reached out to us recently to see if we could help her dear friend and 'sister' with something so important to her ability to cope with her MS.
Dana George is a hero...Now, while this article is about a 42 year old woman with MS seeking a new treatment, we saw a story much deeper. The story we saw was about a strong, fun loving, adventure seeking, mother/wife who isn't willing to stop living her life and doing things she loves. One things Dana loves is Snowboarding so we got together as a team and came up with an idea.
We became very close to Tina and Alj. So, a couple weeks after his surgery we went to Tina with the idea of throwing him a welcome home party. Well this 'welcome home party' turned into a community wide event. It felt amazing to give Alj and Tina a day they will never forget!
The rest of the story is yet to be know but this was a day I know we will never forget either.
The keynote speaker for the event was Jason Dragos, an NC State alumnus of the class of 2008 and founder and CEO of HealthBeMe, a healthcare platform built to humanize healthcare. Dragos told the story of starting his company and how, early on, he was basing his thinking on goals and objectives before he found the true purpose behind what he was trying to accomplish with HealthBeMe.