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For now, Isabel Jurado walks and runs, plays and laughs like most 3-year-old girls.

But only for now — because if she doesn’t get medical help, her world likely will go silent, speechless and immobile in a matter of years.

A day after her third birthday on May 22, doctors first diagnosed Isabel with a rare, 1-in-70,000 disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome, or MPS III.

She needs a stem-cell transplant to block the advancing disease. Duke Medical Center’s pediatric bone marrow division has performed more transplants for MPS children than any other hospital in the country.

The problem is the Duke division is not a network provider for the Jurados’ insurance company, and the operation and treatment could cost more than $1 million.

So as Isabel’s parents, Jimmy and Leslie, negotiate with their insurer, their friends and relatives — and strangers — are coming to the rescue, unwilling to wait for bureaucratic decisions.

Tipped by: Jeff Quinton of Backcountry Conservative who tells us how we can help out.

A website (including a blog authored by Isabel's mom) has been set up at HelpIsabel.com. There is donation information here including Paypal (click on the handprint graphic near the bottom of that page.)

There are some events in the Rock Hill, S.C. area for those of you up that way and there may be some other fundraising events later this year elsewhere in S.C.

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