Laura Mannas was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis in late 2007. The TM has left her in much pain and very week, so she is unable to work, and is without insurance. On top of that, Laura has a 7 year old son, Andrew, who she is supporting with intermittent help from her ex-husband.
Laura became a mother at a very young age, 19, and had a short-lived marriage, and has since spent most of her time focusing on caring for, and supporting, Andrew.
Funds raised to support Laura covered her rent and a car payment so that she could focus on getting better.