[meteorite-list] Marissa's Meteorite

From: Michael Mulgrew <mikestang_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 01:09:41 -0700
Message-ID: <CAMseTy3AhOJJzfA2YaUFvFJNsBM0KdaaW=+PaFf82y5suXFsPA_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hello, List.

I am very pleased to share with you all the story of a young woman's
quest to realize a long-time dream: finding her first meteorite. What
makes her story any different than that of countless other meteorite
hunters to-be? Rather than try to explain it myself I will let
Marissa speak for herself.

"I have a genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2. The
signal that travels down the spine and to the muscles telling them to
move is gone and doesn't work. The only reason I have some function is
due to a short back-up signal but it is short-lived and fades away. I
have never walked on my own and when I was 4, I was in a wheelchair,
permanently... ...I do not tell you this to make you feel bad or sorry
for me. I'm not sorry. I'm very lucky. I love life and just want to
enjoy it as much as possible. This disease made me who I am and helped
me see how precious life is and I'm very thankful for that... ...I
would love for this to be my first meteorite hunt but it may be my
only hunt and I'd cherish every minute of the hunt."

Several very generous members of our meteorite community have banded
together help Marissa complete this quest, but they cannot do it
alone. Achieving this goal will require the broad support of our
global group of like-minded souls, all infatuated with rocks from

To read Marissa's full story and see what you can do to help, please visit:

Thank very much for your help, together we can make this dream come true!
Michael in so. Cal.
IMCA #3963
Received on Fri 01 Aug 2014 04:09:41 AM PDT

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