Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) October 25, 2007
Entrepreneur Alecia Gratton (http://www.heartfilledbaskets.com) is on a mission to raise money for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Five percent of all Christmas sales will go directly to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association, which funds research, the creation of educational materials for people with CRPS/RSD and the healthcare community, and maintaining the website http://www.rsds.org.
Unfortunately, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) is inadequately understood by patients and healthcare professionals. It is a chronic neurological syndrome characterized by severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling, extreme sensitivity to touch.
Alecia, who has RSD, says, "Since RSD is still an unknown disease it is difficult to get funding for research. My husband and I would like to try to help as much as we can, but because RSD has destroyed our finances, we are unable to help more. I feel bad about that, but want to try to help others who are suffering with this painful disease. I want more people to know about and how it affects people's lives."
Sadly, this disease effects more people than one would realize. According to the RSDSA website (http://www.rsds.org), "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by severe and relentless pain that affects between 200,000 and 1.2 million Americans." This number does not include the people who have not been diagnosed, or are being misdiagnosed.
The RSDSA organization was founded in 1984 as a way to promote public and professional awareness of RSD/CRPS and to educate those afflicted with the syndrome, their families, friends, insurance and healthcare providers on the disabling pain it causes.
Alecia says the following things are needed:
· Volunteers are needed to hold events that will help finance research about this disease
· You can donate through the association's website http://www.rsds.org
· You can give to the United Way for RSD
· You can donate a car, truck, etc., as a tax deductible donation
· You can visit http://www.igive.com and designate RSDSA as your charity of choice
Alecia is a wife and mother to her adult son. Before a tragic car accident that left her disabled in 1997, she was a Registered Nurse for many years. Alecia suffers from RSD that has her dealing with severe pain daily. In 2004, her husband started the online store (http://www.heartfilledbaskets.com) as a way to teach her how to use the computer. unfortunately it didn't work out as well as they would have liked. Her illness has left her unable to resume a work schedule. But her husband Frank admits that the business has grown into much more than a hobby, because it is now a way for them to try and supplement her lose of income for the last 10 years and into the future.
Today, Alecia provides emotional support to Frank as much as she can as he works to sell gift baskets and a variety of gifts through the online store. The website offers corporate and personal gift baskets.
More than anything she wants to do something about the lack of funds for research in finding a cure for RSD. Just doing something means a lot to both her and her husband. She wants others with this disease not to give up, to do things to keep their minds stimulated, and most of all, to eventually be free from the daily pain.
For more information on how to purchase their products to support RSD, contact Alecia or Frank at 610-993-5810 or visit the website HeartFilledBaskets.com .
Contact: Alecia A. Gratton, Frank Gratton, Owner
Address: 524 Ringold Street Phoenixville, PA 19460
Toll Free: 1-888-558-3837
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