Long-time Marvel artist Nicole "Nik" Virella has been diagnosed with Endometriorsis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and her sister Angelique is asking for help paying for the surgical procedures to remedy the situation. A GoFundMe page has been started, with a goal to raise $40,000 to have the procedure done in late May/early June.
"Nicole started drawing at a young age. She has been interested in comics and animation since she was a child. I remember as a kid, I'd constantly watch my big sister draw and be amazed at how talented she was and still is. I've looked up to her my whole life and am heartbroken to see her helpless and constantly turned down by our healthcare system," wrote Angelique Virella.
After years of suffering and several false diagnoses, Virella is aiming to receive excision surgery but has been denied by her insurance carrier..
"She needs this surgery as soon as possible to relieve her terrible symptoms and regain some normalcy to her life," said Virella. "Whoever knows Nicole, knows she would never ask for a dime from anyone, however because of our oppressive cost of healthcare, we need all the help possible. Please donate and share this message with friends and family to support this incredible human, my big sister."
Virella debuted in the comic industry with 2010's The Stuff of Legend Volume 1: The Dark. Since 2015 she has worked almost-exclusively with Marvel Comics on a string of titles including Return of the Living Deadpool, 1872, Hyperion, All-New Wolverine, and Star Wars: Poe Dameron.