West Seattle benefit for Jayme Miller, battling back from paralysis

That video clip is tonight’s KING5 story about Jayme Miller, a White Center woman, and 1994 West Seattle High School graduate, whose friends are working to get the word out about a fundraiser coming up in a little over two weeks. As you’ll hear in the story (here’s the full online version with text), she is fighting her way back from a rare neurological problem, transverse myelitis, that struck out of the blue three months ago and left her suddenly, terrifyingly paralyzed. Jayme’s friend Sydni Smith also sent WSB word of the fundraiser (and a photo), explaining:

… While in therapy Jayme surprised the doctors again and again. She pushed her herself harder and added new challenges each day. Walking 10 feet down the hallway last month, using a walker and with an aide behind her in case she fell, was a monumental victory. Every time she was told she might not be able to regain a function, she willed herself right through that obstacle.

Jayme went home on Tuesday the 20th of July. She still has many mountains to climb, but hopefully she will keep progressing and regain full function. At this point she’s able to walk short distances with the aid of a walker and a “spotter” behind her in case her legs suddenly give out.

She has medical insurance, thankfully, but with three months of hospitalization and being away from work, her medical bills are another mountain she’ll need to climb. The ten-day stay in the hospital cost $200,000. The Doctor visits while in the hospital were between $80 – $140 each. The ambulance ride cost nearly $900 and each day in Mount St Vincent she was charged $575 a day for the room alone.

We’re holding a fundraiser/birthday bash we’re calling Walk On, Jayme! which will be held at RockSport Bar and Grill August 21st. There will be a silent auction from 7:30 to 9:30. Bring cash or your checkbook and bid on items from local artists and businesses and follow it up with Karaoke and dance hits hosted by DJ Tony B.

You can also donate to help her right now – via PayPal (which works if you have a credit card – you don’t have to be a PayPal accountholder), click “Send Money” and send it to WalkOnJayme@gmail.com. Or if you can give something for the silent auction at the August 21st event, e-mail Sydni at heysyd@gmail.com. There’s a sharable Facebook event page for this too – find it here.

7 Replies to "West Seattle benefit for Jayme Miller, battling back from paralysis"

  • Syd August 5, 2010 (8:37 pm)

    Thanks so much, West Seattle Blog!

    This gal is a champ and a fighter against all the odds, so it’s only applicable to call her Rocky from now on! ;0)

    We look forward to seeing you all at Walk On, Jayme.


  • Catherine August 5, 2010 (9:07 pm)

    Wow, Jayme rocks! Go, Jayme!

  • ad August 5, 2010 (9:45 pm)

    Go Jayme!

  • Val M August 6, 2010 (11:50 am)

    So grateful to the WS Blog and King News for featuring inspiring stories such as yours. You go, girl! I can see the fighting spirit and confidence in your eyes. I am still paying off the medical bills from a recent severe illness of mine, but I’ll find a way to donate to you. Count on it!

  • lorraine schrecongost August 6, 2010 (2:08 pm)

    I too have Transverse Myelitis and my story is similar to Jaymes. I wish her all the best for the future!

  • Mark Jones August 8, 2010 (9:22 pm)

    I too have Transverse Myelitis and my story is similar to Jayme. I wish her all the best for the future.

    Mark Jones
    Portland, OR

  • Melanie August 9, 2010 (1:27 pm)

    You rock, my friend!! Keep up the amazing work!!

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