TOLEDO (WTOL) - If you’re a college basketball fan, you may remember Jasmine Matthews, a former BGSU guard.

But “former” is the key word there. She's no longer a student, but even if she were, she'd be restricted to a wheelchair because of an autoimmune disease.

Community donates thousands to former BGSU basketball player with MS

Matthews is best known as a talented role player for the Falcons women's basketball team from 2011 to 2015.

Fast forward to present day. Jasmine Matthews no longer plays basketball. That life is a thing of the past.

Community donates thousands to former BGSU basketball player with MS

"I was diagnosed with MS in December of 2017,” she said in an interview with WTOL at her home in Matteson, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago.

MS, or multiple sclerosis, is an autoimmune disease that affects a person's brain and spinal cord.

The progression varies based on the person. For Jasmine, it was fast.

"Maybe three weeks later I lost everything,” she said. “Like I completely was disabled and I was scared because I was like, 'OK, I got diagnosed with MS and I know it varies person to person, but I know there are levels to MS.'"

Since then, Matthews has been working to once again learn to walk and use her legs through physical therapy, a slow and painstaking process. But she's holding out hope because there's a stem cell treatment she's eligible for that has previously yielded positive results.

However, the cost of the procedure is an issue for Matthews and her family.

“So if I was an ideal candidate, insurance would automatically clear it and they would pay for the transplant itself,” she said. “But because I’m not an ideal candidate, and I could, this is gonna benefit me, obviously because I am so young and so active, they can’t pay for it. So now I have to ask for help."

That help is in the form of a GoFundMe. It’s been active less than a week, but it’s already raised about $45,000. That’s more than a third of the way to her goal of $125,000.

But a treatment isn't the end for Jasmine. It's simply a new beginning.

“Once I get my life back I plan on being a Division I official, referee,” she said. “I wanted to be a coach but I think I’m gonna go the official route.”