CVMA® member and Temple Police officer, Ryan “Crew Dog” Cabral and his wife, Erica, have a beautiful and determined little girl, McKinley with a debilitating disease.
McKinley was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) in February 2020, after almost a year of experiencing muscle pain, rash and ulcers developing on her body and seeing several specialists for each symptom. Juvenile Dermatomyositis is a rare, but complex and potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease typically found in children between the ages of 5-10 years old. This disease is known to primarily affect proximal muscles (specifically, the shoulders, upper arms, pelvic area, and thighs). In McKinley’s case, she has an MJ antibody which is a marker for chronic disease that is difficult to treat.
With JDM as rare as it is, a lot of the treatments and medications are not yet recognized, and only some are covered by insurance companies. JDM affects McKinley on a day to day basis. The disease causes her body to attack itself, and the treatments reduce her immune system, resulting in McKinley being more susceptible to other other illnesses. On top of the long IVIG treatments once a month that require McKinley to be in the hospital for up to 7 hours, she has to be home schooled and receive multiple physical and occupational therapy sessions each week. Insurance will only cover 1/4 of the cost.
CVMA® 23-10 would like to help ease the financial burden of our brother in arms with this Donation campaign. 100% of all the donations received through the McKinley Campaign will be given to the Cabral Family for McKinley’s medical bills.