Stem Cell treatment for MS

$1,575 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 22 months

I have Multiple Sclerosis. 
Many things that were not only possible, but happened without thought.  Instead, I face a long ordeal that can only end one way, whether it occurs fast or slow, is out of my control.  That’s what MS is, lack of control.

To that end, I need to raise money to pay for an experimental treatment, homeopathic stem cell treatment.  Freaked me out at first too, I do not feel my life should be extended at the cost of another.  The big difference between Homeopathic Stem Cells and other Stem Cells, is they are harvested from me, so in essence, I am aiding in my own ‘cure.’

Because the treatment is experimental, it is not covered by any insurance plan (government or private.)  The treatment is very expensive and only offered in a few places in the world.  I am working with my ‘team’ (sorry to say, I have a team,) to escalate my situation to the few places that can perform the procedure.  The first concern is how I will pay for it. That is why I am asking for your help.   Depending on where the procedure is performed, the direct cost range from $60,000.00 to $110,000.00.  Indirect cost, (travel, hotels, etc.) range from $10,000.00 to $60,000.00. 

The second hurdle I face, is my age.  I have many children (started later,) all in primary or secondary education.  I wish to be a greater part of their lives.

The treatment has a 80% positive impact, with a potential for negative (infectious,) outcomes.  More information is at the link below:

I was diagnosed with MS on March 8, 2013. It is a day I will never forget.

In January, 2013 I was at a family get-together when MS exposed its head. I had severe balance issues, (I fell down,) and slurred speech. Following this rather embarrassing
event, I scheduled an appointment with my general practioner (a different one than the later mentioned.) He immediately recognized my symptoms as concerning but couldn’t pin-point the cause. A MRI was ordered. As it turns out, I was in the middle of a relapse; the MRI came back with a definitive diagnosis’ of MS. Unfortunately, it was too late for some portions of my life.

Full story at

I will use the proceeds of the funding for medical expense for scheduling and completing a full HSCT treatment.  

I need these funds because my insurance BCBS nor Medicare (B) will not cover this treatment.  I would like to schedule and complete the treatment ASAP.   I have a beautiful family who needs the whole me.   
If you are able to help, the change to our lives will be beyond compare, if I could put a price on my old life, it was priceless, to change back is also priceless.

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I always knew my life would change, it just happens so fast, with no warning. Being in control is a good thing. Not knowing, is no way to confront life. Most days little pieces go away, with no care for who I am or was. Some days larger things go away, I would like to control ‘things.’
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I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn, I've been hurt but I'm alive. I'm human, I'm not perfect but I'm thankful...
Thanks for everyone who's helped to date.
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Help if you can, I know there is much need for charitable funding now
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Never thought I'd be here, it's now been 11 months waiting on Medicare for an interim treatment....time to help myself.
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$1,575 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 22 months
Created August 4, 2016
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Richard Lupkes
9 months ago

Dave, I wish you all the best as you battle this challenge. Stay strong and stay positive. Rich Lupkes

Eileen OConnell
11 months ago

Wishing you well Dave

Mary Rita & John O'Connell
13 months ago

Good luck, Dave!

Melissa Cross
14 months ago

Be well Dave and Kempker family. Keeping you in my thoughts

Susie & Sean Salins
14 months ago

❤ We're in this with you!

14 months ago
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