Another chance at life

$3,594 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 32 months
Sean McMullen
on behalf of Karen McMullen
 RIVERTON, NJ
My name is Sean McMullen, I am 18 years old and my goal is to raise enough money to allow my mom to receive a stem cell treatment for her Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. For those of you who do not know, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Essentially something is messed up in the neurological transmitions from her brain to other parts of her body and vise versa. MS has the tendency to inflict severe fatigue and impaired vision/ muscle coordination eventually resulting in the inability to function on your own and as the disease continues to progress, inability to move period. A Stem Cell Transplant is a combination of chemotherapy and the body's healthy stem cells. When a patient undergoes this treatment they are given Chemotherapy in order to weaken the immune system.  The chemo kills off cells, including those which are impaired, and the impaired cells are the ones which inflict the most damage of Multiple Sclerosis.

Prior to this treatment, a sample of healthy stem cells drawn from the bone marrow are collected and cultured. Once the Chemo has done its job, the healthy stem cells are injected back into the body and over time, build the immune system back up, and returning function back to the body. Studies have shown a 64% reduction in disability on average. 80% percent of the people treated who were followed for 4 years had no more relapses, and 87% had no worsening of their level of disability. 

The goal of $150,000 would cover the treatment and any expenses as well as airline tickets for my family to fly her out to Chicago or Seattle (the two places offering this treatment here in the Unites States). I often say my mom doesn't deserve the cards she's been dealt, and she doesn't. She's been there for me through everything and radiates nothing but kindness and affection for everyone. My mom means everything to me and if I have the opportunity to help her, I'll do that however I can, whether or not this ends up with the desired outcome, I can atleast say I tried. 

I just got a job and I plan on putting money away with each paycheck but I am unable to raise the money on my own within the next six months, ANYTHING is appreciated. This is a surprise for my mom and I'll be sure to update all of you with results, progress, etc.   I really do not have anyone to turn to and am doing this in an attempt to change my mom's health and allow us to have as much time as possible together.  Please help if you can.  Thank You!
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Great News!

Karen McMullen (my mom) and her family, have just received incredible news. As of yesterday she was accepted by a specialty stem cell transplant facility in San Diego and the costs will be much less than some of the other hospitals which were being considered. Cost will be approximately $20,000 for the treatment, the stay, and all other expenses. The sooner she has funds the sooner she will be able to receive treatment so if you are able to donate please do so as time is critical! Thank you to all who have donated and prayed for my mom, we really appreciate EVERYTHING!
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$3,594 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 32 months
Created October 11, 2016
Sean McMullen
on behalf of Karen McMullen
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$100
Coleen Stahl
28 months ago

Hoping & praying for the best of health for Karen and Mike as well. Looking forward to being able to get together with you all in the near future. <3

BD
$25
Brandon Dougherty
28 months ago
RM
$10
Ryan Mahaffy
28 months ago

Stay Strong

$20
Sheila Dochnal
28 months ago

In honor of our CST secretary Linda Cajio. Keep up the fight. How proud your mom must be of you. Wishing her relief.

AN
$25
Aiden Nesemeier
28 months ago
LP
$30
Lisa Paoline
28 months ago
BG
$25
Beth Green
28 months ago
JS
$50
Janene Simcoe
28 months ago

Wishing you all the best for a successful procedure! That's one special son you have raised!

JM
$50
Jennifer Mcgonigle
28 months ago
AJ
$10
Anne Marie Jones
28 months ago

Sean, I am so sorry that you and your family are experiencing such difficulty. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You are such a great son to do this for your mom!! You were always so kind and I knew from the time you were in 6th grade that you would be an exceptional young man!

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