Lee Steffan ND Cowboy fights Wilson's

 
Raised: $6,160.00
Goal: $25,000.00
 
 
 

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LaDonna Shelley Wenner

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Hi! Thanks for taking the time to visit. I created this donation site for my cousin, Lee Steffan. I am hoping to raise funds to cover medical expenses for Lee, as well as raise awarenes... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by LaDonna Shelley Wenner 5 months ago

Thank you Bob Harris and KFGO 790 for showing your support for Lee and airing his story on the radio.

 
 
 

Updated posted by LaDonna Shelley Wenner 5 months ago

The generosity of friends and family in just one day has been amazing. Please keep sharing this post so we can reach as many donors as possible. I know everyone may not be able to donate, but
all your thoughts and prayers for Lee are appreciated.
Thank you, LaDonna (Lee's cousin)

 
 
 

Created by LaDonna Shelley Wenner on October 28, 2013

Hi! Thanks for taking the time to visit. I created this donation site for my cousin, Lee Steffan. I am hoping to raise funds to cover medical expenses for Lee, as well as raise awareness of his diagnosis,Wilson's Disease. Any size donation, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Lee Steffan grew up in Western North Dakota and had a love for horses and rodeo. Lee was a great saddle bronc rider and horse trainer until his disease got the best of him. Now he struggles to walk and uses a walker most of the time. On his good days he is able to enjoy a short horse ride with some assistance from his Aunt Vicki. Vicki, a nurse, has been helping to take care of Lee and knows that he would be able to enjoy his life more if he could get the medical attention he needs. Lee spent several years with strange symptoms that went untreated and undiagnosed due to the lack of knowledge of this disease in the medical community where he lived. Lee was diagnosed with this disease after the age of 18, so he is unable to get all the medical benefits he would have received had the doctors diagnosed him earlier. Lee is now 30 years old and when he is not in the hospital he is totally dependent on his mother or father for assistance each day. Lee's neurologic symptoms not only make it hard for him to walk, but even the simplest thing as eating can be a challenge and he often relies on a feeding tube for nutrition. With the money that is raised he will be able to afford the physical therapy treatments he needs to help regain muscle strength and coordination which will greatly contribute to improved quality of life. Lee also has past medical expenses that need to be taken care of, so donations will be used to ease the burden of those expenses also.

Here is some basic information on the disease for those of you who are unfamiliar with this disease....
Wilson's disease is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues; this manifests as neurological or psychiatric symptoms and liver disease. It is treated with medication that reduces copper absorption or removes the excess copper from the body, but occasionally a liver is required. The condition is due to mutations in the Wilson's disease protein (ATP7B) gene. A single abnormal copy of the gene is present in 1 in 100 people, who do not develop any symptoms (they are carriers). If a child inherits the gene from both parents, the child may develop Wilson's disease. The main sites of copper accumulation are the liver and the brain, and consequently liver disease and neuropsychiatric symptoms are the main features that lead to diagnosis. About half the people with Wilson's disease have neurological or psychiatric symptoms. Most initially have mild cognitive deterioration and clumsiness, as well as changes in behavior. Specific neurological symptoms usually then follow, often in the form of parkinsonism (slowed movements and a lack of balance are the most common parkinsonian features) with or without a typical hand tremors, masked facial expressions, slurred speech, ataxia (lack of coordination) or dystonia (twisting and repetitive movements of part of the body).


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Recent Donations (60)

$6,160 raised by 60 people in 5 months.

$50.00

Tana Staal

4 months ago

 
 

Your Mom And Aunt Vicki are salt of the earth good people. Keep following your dreams Lee.

 

$1,000

mjs good Samaritan

4 months ago

 
 

$50.00

Alyson Lippert

5 months ago

 
 

Prayers to you and never give up!

 

$100.00

Anonymous

5 months ago

 

$100.00

Marylu Weber

5 months ago

 
 

I pray that Lee can regain his independence.

 

$25.00

Anonymous

5 months ago

 

$25.00

Wendy Wollmuth

5 months ago

 
 

Lee is a terrific person. He broke 2 horses for me when he worked for Zac Crane and both are confident ranch horses. I will pray for Lee and wish him the best. WW

 

$10.00

dusty schirado

5 months ago

 
 

$25.00

Rachel Greff

5 months ago

 
 

$10.00

Anonymous

5 months ago

 

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