Ilonka Montgomery
Ilonka Montgomery's Fundraiser

Dupuytren! Dup... what?! Let's bring awareness and find a cure!

It's a disease I have!

$50 towards $500

Help us find the cure for Dupuytren disease

To my male friends, you might want to read this till the end!

Not many of you know that I have Dupuytren disease in my hands, as well as another form of Dupuytren disease, called Ledderhose - a connective tissue disease that affects the feet.

It's known to be a northern European desease and it's hereditary! It's predominantly found in men (Men, keep reading till the end!!) However, my grandmother had it, my father and my uncle had it and now my sister and I have it. As far as I know, I'm the only one in my family, who also has it in the feet.

My father's was so bad that after countless surgeries, they first amputated one pinky and after a few year the other one. They were pulling the other fingers in, so back then that was the only option.

I've had the desease in my hands for over 10 years and I am lucky enough that it is progressing very slowly. If it wasn't, all my fingers would have curled in by now! About a year ago, I discovered it in my feet (hopefully it's also a slow progressing!!. When I made an appointment with the doctor to see me, they all were very hesitant to believe my diagnosis. Three doctors in the office wanted to see it, since they had only seen this in their medical books! Because it's a rare disease, no doctors really know anything about it and there is little, if any, focus on treatment or a cure.

Let's change that! Lets bring awareness to this disease!!

Just a small donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for helping to find the cure.

Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Oh and to all the men!

This disease can also get in your TESTICLES !!