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Couple seeks funds to help man struggling with genetic disorder

The Whisenhunt family is battling Marfan Syndrome. (Photo Source: Ashley Whisenhunt) The Whisenhunt family is battling Marfan Syndrome. (Photo Source: Ashley Whisenhunt)
Mitchell and his daughter. (Source: GoFundMe.com page) Mitchell and his daughter. (Source: GoFundMe.com page)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas couple is hoping a fundraising effort will bring much needed cash after a man relapsed since being diagnosed with a genetic disorder.

Mitchell and Ashley Whisenhunt were married four years ago this July, but hours after they said "I do," Mitchell got extremely ill. The couple spent months in and out of hospitals and eventually they learned he had Marfan Syndrome. Marfan is a genetic tissue disorder that causes heart problems, but it can also impact your lungs, joints, vision and muscle tone.

Now, the couple, who has a toddler named Brynleigh, has launched an effort, "Tabs for a Tubie" - a fundraiser to pay for Mitchell's tube feedings by collecting aluminum can tabs.

The money will help pay for bills and medical expenses.

"Each time that he gets sick, we have to start over again and we have to get rid of everything and money's not coming," Ashley Whisenhunt  said in June. "We lose our car. We lose our house ... pretty much everything. We have to sell stuff that we didn't want to sell," she said.

The family maintains a Facebook page, Nutrition for Mitchell, where updates on Mitchell's condition are regularly posted. To contribute to Tabs for a Tubie, email sunshine19921987@aol.com. To contribute directly to the family, visit their Go Fund Me page.

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