Marlie Casseus, a 14-year old Haitian girl, suffers from a rare form of Polyostotic Fibrous Displasia. This condition is a genetic disease that causes bone to become "like a big bowl of jelly with some bone inside". In Marlie's case, it's a 16 pound tumor on the face.
From the website:
[Doctor Gomez] said Marlie is in constant pain and must be medicated but should have a normal life span with the operation.
Back home in her native Port-au-Prince, Marlie faced not only physical suffering but rejection by her neighbors as well.
"She was treated like an animal. If she was walking on a sidewalk, people would cross the street," Gomez said. "If they tried to stop a taxi, it would keep going."
Doctors at the Holtz Children's Hospital has performed the initial surgery to remove the tumor, but is seeking to raise funds for the reconstructive surgeries.
Please help: International Kids Fund | Marlie's Story.