Please help my brother fight this!

$7,217 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 202 people in 44 months
Kaycee Dunn
on behalf of Robert Canum
My brother was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in November of 2007 with confirmation from testing Jan 7, 2008. Shortly after this diagnosis, my dad lost his job of 20 years further complicating the struggle to care for him financially. New testing in Feb. of 2014 indicated that Rob is also suffering from Babesia Duncani and an immune system shutdown. Rob is currently in bed 20+ hours per day and cannot work. Once an awesome computer graphic designer, Rob has lost his memory and focus needed to continue. Because of IDSA guidelines written in 2006, very little of the expenses incurred have been covered by Medicaid. The family has done everything possible with treatment that was personally affordable. Over $400k has been spent by the family paying for treatment and living expenses. All available resources have been exhausted and we have nowhere else to turn.   A new embryonic stem-cell treatment has been introduced and at this point is the last straw available to save his life. Unfortunately, this treatment comes at great cost. The treatment itself is approximately $50K and associated costs another $35K. This treatment must be performed out of the country (India or Panama). Money will be needed for 1st class air travel (because of Rob’s condition) for Rob and my dad. Living expenses and income supplementation for my dad who has to travel with him is also needed. They will have to stay a minimum of 30-60 days. Rob Jr. is one of the most loving and caring people you will ever meet. He is only 33 years old. He recently became an Uncle which has been the hardest on him not being able to see him much or do anything with him. Every day he fears he will not make it to see him grow up. Can you help my brother so that he can be a big part of his nephew’s life?


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To all of you trying to donate I apologize. There were some technical issues that wouldn't allow donations. The site is officially back up and running. Thanks!
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Hi everyone, thank you for your continued support in helping my brother. Right now, he has been receiving some immune support to help fight this disease. This is a start. We are still trying to get him to the stem cell treatment. Please keep him in your thought and prayers. xoxo
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We still have a long way to go! Please keep sharing and donating. Anything helps!!! I appreciate all of you! Xoxo
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Thanks so much for all the generous donations! Please continue to share this xoxo
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$7,217 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 202 people in 44 months
Created March 23, 2015
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