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  • Spectator - Alumna Battles for Coverage, Treatment

    By Joshua Lynch | The Spectator

    October 19, 2009

    Alyssa Olsen’s body was killing itself, and her insurance company wasn’t willing to stop it.

    Olsen, a 24-year-old Seattle University graduate, has common variable immune deficiency, or CVID, a genetic disorder that causes her antibodies to attack the tissue of her organs and leaves her vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Without treatment, she was given two to three years to live. And treatment—a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant—costs $400,000.

    “I am a 24-year-old in a 90-year-old body,” Olsen wrote on a Web site that publicizes her quest for insurance coverage.

    Photo credit: Braden VanDragt | The Spectator

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