All throughout her childhood, Dana Anhalt grew sicker and sicker, and at 37, she almost lost the ability to walk or use her hands. Sometimes the artist from Huntington, New York, weighed as little as 70 pounds, according to her GoFundMe page.

“I became ravaged by excruciating joint pain,” Anhalt wrote. “My symptom list stretched to four single-spaced pages. I started fading fast as every system of my body broke down.”

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