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  • Beta Sigma Phi Fundraiser Helps Team Mason

  • A fundraiser was held by the Beta Mu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Nebraska City on Sunday, June 1, to help raise money for Team Mason.
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  • A fundraiser was held by the Beta Mu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Nebraska City on Sunday, June 1, to help raise money for Team Mason.
    People were able to buy Thirty-One catalog products.
    Team Mason is an chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) awareness group which was started by Brenda Wieckhorst after her son, Mason, was diagnosed with the disease.
    Mason’s medical problems began in 2011 when his hands became too weak to open a soda bottle or even use a zipper on a coat.
    “I thought it was just attention,” said Brenda, who had recently given birth to triplets. “Everything is just pure chaos with triplet babies. Here we had just wrecked his world.” 
    It soon became apparent, however, that there was more to Mason’s problem.
    “It got to be that he couldn’t walk,” said Brenda. “He’d walk so far and just fall.”
     In December of 2011, Mason’s docter referred him to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha who were unable to fit Mason in until February of 2012.
    The next day at school, Mason’s class took a walk to downtown Syracuse to decorate a Christmas tree, about four blocks from the school.
    Mason was unable to walk back to the school. He was so weak, the principal went to pick him up.
    “We didn’t know what to do, so we took him to the emergency room up at Children’s,” said Brenda. “By midnight they’d diagnosed him with Guillain-Barré syndrome.”
    Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system, the part of the nervous system responsible for relaying messages from the brain to the limbs and organs.
    The disorder causes the body’s immune system to mistake a protein on the nerves as an infection.
    Essentially, a patient with GBS is suffering from their immune system attacking their own nerves.
    The cause of Mason’s GBS was a flu shot that he received in October.
    “It’s all because his immune system was confused by the flu shot,” said Brenda. “It jacked it up for no reason and it just doesn’t know how to settle back down.”
    Mason’s diagnosis was changed to chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).
    “It’s basically Guillain-Barré that won’t go away,” said Brenda.
    Mason is now undergoing 12 hour-long intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, which infuse his blood with antibodies harvested from the plasma of multiple blood donors.
    Page 2 of 2 - The fundraiser that was held on Sunday is still ongoing and anyone who wishes to buy products can go to www.mythirtyone.com/jesjones.
    Order under the Beta Mu event.
    A portion of the earnings will also go to Beta Sigma Phi, Beta Mu.
    Pick-up a Tuesday edition of the News-Press for a follow up.

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