Fighting For Keith

$38,268 of $35k goal

Raised by 603 people in 29 months
Casey Carlson   ANKENY, IA
Keith Miner is a 31 year old Husband and Father of two little boys.  In 2011 his friends and family were shocked when he was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease.  If you are not familar with this terrible disease, the prognosis for patients is not good, as the treatment is limited to nothing and the lifespan from diagnosis is a grim 5 years.  

Early in His diagnois Keith used his love and passion for racing to start his own foundation, Racer's Against ALS ( http://www.racersagainstals.com)  Through this foundation Keith has raised over $100,000 with 100% of it's proceeds going to other families afflicted with ALS.  Faced with this terrible disease Keith made a decision to pay it forward and to give back, an act of genorsity against his own terrible odds that is beyond commendable.  

Keith's ALS is progressing rapidly, reducing motor skills including hand and arm functions, and more, that this monster of a disease is known for.  After years of fighting for others, Keith is asking for help for his own fight, something that is extremely hard for him to do.  But now he has a great chance to help himself and get treatment to slow the disease down, gain strength back and prolong his life.

Keith and his family have researched the treatment options at WU Medical Center in Beijing China and the great success they have had with patients afflicted with ALS.  You can learn more and read how the treatment helps patients at www.unistemcells.com 

The cost for the treatment, flights and stay is approximately $35,000, and I can say with confidence that Keith hates this part more the anything, the helpless feeling and seeing the opportunity for help, but the impossibility that the costs present.  I'll let him tell you in his own words: 

"I absolutely hate to ask for help funding this trip but I have no choice my life is on the line and this could very well be my saving grace so I have to swallow pride. I am asking family, friends and anyone willing to donate. ANY AMOUNT will help even if its just 5 bucks. I greatly appreciate your help and wish I wasn't in this position where I am bugging people. Again if you have a moment go check out the website and click on patients stories and als, it will tell you how people are gaining strength back. Again THANK YOU for your help."

Thanks for checking out Keith's story, we ask for your support financially, your prayers, and that you share Keith story and his Go Fund Me page via facebook or any other way possible! 

Blessings

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Update 4
27 months ago

Hello All, Jodi Hinrichs Carlson and I are running in the Dam to Dam in a few weeks.

We are dedicating our run to Keith and Lindsay Miner and their battle with ALS. I continue to be inspired by Keith and how he has handled this disease, and the positive impact he has made since Diagnosis.

I have set up a new Go Fund Me page to raise funds specified for a special project for Racer's Against ALS.


Also I hope this campaign provides Keith some encouragement while he is getting his treatment in China!!

If you gave before, God bless you and thank you, hopefully you are inspired to give again and we can raise the roof on the initial goal.

Love Wins God Wins

‪#‎FightingForKeith‬

‪#‎PrayingForKeith‬

‪#‎RacingForKeith‬

http://www.gofundme.com/Racing4Keith
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Update 3
28 months ago
***Trip Update***

Hello All, I wanted to provide an update to everybody who supported this trip. Keith will be traveling out to China on May 14th to begin his treatment. This was made possible not by one person, but by a collective of 594 people (594!!!!!!) many of which know Keith and his story. There were also several people that gave money, that had never met Keith, and that is so cool!!!

To you all, whether you gave $5 or $1,000, grew up with Keith, or didn't know him from Adam, God Bless you, and all glory and thanks to God for how this all transpired!!

Please join me in continuing to lift up our prayers for Keith, Lindsay, Cole, and Lake, especially has this trip approaches and for the trip itself!

Dear Lord, we thank you for the support that has been provided, we pray for safe travels, we pray for Lindsay, Cole, and Lake who will be without their Husband and Father for a brief period of time. Lord we pray that it's all worth it, we pray for the treatment, we pray that you be with the doctors as they treat Keith, we pray this treatment has a profound, positive impact on Keith, his health, his quality of life, and most of all Lord we pray that Keith is the miracle, we pray for a cure, and we pray for healing. Lord, we know through all things You work for the good of those who love You, and we pray that Your love continues to be shown through Keith's story. Amen

God Bless

God Wins, Love Wins

Casey
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Update 2
29 months ago
Wow, simply wow, we are $545 to our starting goal, I say starting because I don't believe the giving is done.

Keep on sharing, keep on praying, let's take this momentum and run with it. I can guarantee to you, without hesitation, whatever is brought in beyond Keith's needs will be paid forward and paid forward in a big big way!!

God Bless you all, God Bless Keith and Lindsay, smile today everybody, smile big you y'all did really really good. I could not be more proud, and for those who are wondering why I'm crying at my desk, I hope they ask, I pray they ask so I can tell them Keith's story!!!

Thank you all, more to come...more to come....

God Wins....Love Wins!!!!

#FightingForKeith

#GrangerStrong
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Update 1
29 months ago
For those that missed WHO's story last night on Keith and Lindsay. Follow the attached link. Keep sharing, keep posting. Every share is worth something, whether it's awareness for ALS or new dollars for Keith and Lindsay

#FightingForKeith

http://whotv.com/2014/03/27/als-fight-drive-to-help-sufferer-get-treatment-in-china/
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Mary Little-Van Eaton
29 months ago

Racing To Win The Fight! We Believe In You Keith! Can't wait to hear the updates when you get to China! Praying daily for you and your family! Team Zowie

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Lindsay Miner
29 months ago

Thanks for the info Mark, we will definitely look into that!

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Mark Charter
29 months ago

check out Miracle Travel Works, an Ankeny based charity that supports families with expenses related to medical travel. Great organization!

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$38,268 of $35k goal

Raised by 603 people in 29 months
Created March 24, 2014
JB
$30
jenay Baethke
23 months ago

This is late but this is my donation for the ice bucket challenge.

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BS
$15
Brenna Saxton
23 months ago
DE
$100
Danielle & Greg Emmons
24 months ago

We heard about your story from Leon Emmons who is my husband's Uncle. We wish you the best of luck with your treatment and will be keeping you in our prayers and following your story.

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AE
$20
April Estrem
24 months ago

This donation is on behalf of Aubrey Estrem participating in the ice bucket challenge.

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KM
$100
Kendra Magnani
24 months ago

this donation is from Matthew Crawford, Harlee Palmiter, Dawson Palmitier, Kendra Magnani & Dan Doornenbal from our ice bucket challenges. We all love you very much Keith!

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JM
$20
Julie Magnani
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
JG
$50
Jim Geneser
24 months ago
AJ
$100
Andy Jennings
27 months ago
EB
$100
Ed Burke
27 months ago
Mary Little-Van Eaton
29 months ago

Racing To Win The Fight! We Believe In You Keith! Can't wait to hear the updates when you get to China! Praying daily for you and your family! Team Zowie

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Lindsay Miner
29 months ago

Thanks for the info Mark, we will definitely look into that!

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Mark Charter
29 months ago

check out Miracle Travel Works, an Ankeny based charity that supports families with expenses related to medical travel. Great organization!

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