Allison Larson’s family seeks support for upcoming surgery

Posted December 20, 2022 at 4:30 pm by

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San Juan Island teenag­er Alli­son Lar­son — who has been bat­tling severe health issues for near­ly two years — is prepar­ing for the next stage of a jour­ney toward recov­ery that her fam­i­ly hopes will allow her to live a full, active life. To get there, the fam­i­ly is ask­ing for help from the community.

“Alli­son and her mom will be fly­ing to Con­necti­cut for [major gas­troin­testi­nal] surgery and they will need to stay there for four to five weeks,” explains Ele­na Porten, who is orga­niz­ing the fundrais­er for Alli­son and her fam­i­ly. “Help is need­ed to cov­er every­day costs, flights, accom­mo­da­tions, a rental car, and uncov­ered med­ical costs as they nav­i­gate this new advance­ment in her med­ical journey.”

“With­out this surgery, Allison’s body will con­tin­ue to strug­gle and she will have a dra­mat­ic decline in her health,” Ele­na says.

When Alli­son became severe­ly ill in 2021, San Juan Islanders came togeth­er to raise $30,000 to cov­er the expens­es that her moth­er, Jea­nine, was unable to pay because she could not work while tak­ing care of Alli­son. They’re hop­ing to raise at least that much in the next few months through their GoFundMe cam­paign.

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