GIBRALTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - 12-year-old Anna Gould fights back tears as she talks about the most trying months of her young life.
Since being diagnosed with a rare lung disease back in March, the child from Gibraltar has been through an unthinkable ordeal, a fight for her life.
"It's called Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis. You bleed from your lungs. I can't be around kids who are sick because of what they have I can get worse," says Anna.
Anna has a serious case of "IPH", and battles frequent episodes. She needs aggressive treatment that can cost $6,000 each plus steroid shots. Insurance won't cover all the bills, which only makes things harder. Anna's mother, Anna Gould tells us "That doesn't include the nurse, doctor, equipment and other things that go into that."
Anna's three older brothers and younger sister have really helped keep her spirits high.
They've rallied around her as she's struggled with limited mobility caused by joint pain. Since she's taken time away from 7th grade, there has been so much support from the community and it's badly needed since the illness is so rare, few support groups exist.
"There have only been 3 cases at Children's Hospital and I was hoping for anything else besides this diagnosis," says Dawn.
Fortunately, co-workers of Dawn's at Henry Ford Hospital in Wyandotte where she works in the ER have led the effort to raise funds.
Doctors at Children's Hospital have also been extremely helpful. A fundraiser is schedule to take place at 10 Pins of Trenton located at 2591 Fort Street.
It begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2nd. Joyce Miller (734) 363-1363 and Mike Miller (734) 558-8656 are contacts for donations or tickets--$20 covers pizza, shoe rental and 3 games of bowling.
You can also donate online to help Anna, HERE.