Paralyzed man needs stem cells

$57,440 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 635 people in 7 months
Created July 19, 2018
My 27 year old nephew, Drake, was involved in a motorcycle accident in Seattle  on July 18, 2018.  A gust of wind blew him and his Harley into a guardrail and he fell over a 100 feet off of a cliff.   He sustained injuries consisting of a compound fracture of the leg, road rash all over, concussion & broke his back in two places including a thoracic spine burst fracture.  He will be having a spinal fusion and at this point doctors say he will be paralyzed from the waist down and we should not get our hopes up that it's only temporary.  Drake has experienced way too much heartache in the 28 years he has been on this earth but with it all he has maintained a good attitude.  When he was around 13 years old , he chose to make a personal commitment to never try alcohol or drugs and NEVER broke that commitment to himself.   He made a life for himself in Seattle and has established himself as an amazing  tattoo artist.  He recently found out he is going to be a dad with his baby boy coming in December.  He does not have insurance and he will have a long journey in recovery before he can work again.    He is an amazing human being and our family is heartbroken that he is going through this.

***Fundraiser currently states Marco DiGiacinto (Drake's father) is beneficiary.  Drake's name has not yet been added to the bank account since he cannot go into the bank, some paperwork needs to be signed.  Be assured, all funds are going directly to Drake DiGiacinto.


The above note was added over a week into the fundraiser because we want everyone to know the details so they are comfortable donating.  Someone chose to post a "red flag alert" comment to this fundraiser.  I initially posted that he was 28 because I posted this fundraiser less than 24 hours after the accident and got his age wrong, I corrected it. I'm pushing 50 and my memory is not as sharp as it used to be. The beneficiary, as explained  above, is my brother, Drakes's father. Drake is paralyzed and cannot go to a bank to open an account.  The updates I posted to this fundraiser will also substantiate that I am not attempting to scam anyone.  You can also call Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and verify that Drake DiGiacinto is indeed a patient who is currently undergoing painful and difficult rehabilitation.  If anyone has any questions, please do not post negative commentary - reach out to me direclty: 



Please read the latest update regarding Drake getting stem cell treatment in 2019.  The cost is $35,000.
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Drake applied and has qualified to get stem cell treatment. He has to wait until he is 6 months post injury which won't be until January 2019. The treatment will be in Panama . In the U.S. stem cell treatment utilizes just fat stem cells and the treatment is not very potent. The treatment in Panama gives him billions of cells versus thousands if he underwent treatment in the U.S. The cost of the treatment is $35,000 plus his travel costs to Panama. He will have to pay for someone to go with him to Panama as well due to his condition. This treatment could give Drake the ability to have more function and could get him walking again. I am including links below regarding the treatment.

Please donate to this fundraiser if you can to help with the numerous expenses he has and so he has all the funds necessary to partake in this treatment next year.


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Drake is home and getting accustomed to life outside a hospital. He is doing all he can to be ready to help care for his baby that will be here in December.

We are grateful for the support his fundraiser received but we still need to reach our goal. Please continue to share and contribute to the fundraiser and encourage your friends to share and contribute.
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Kim Dickson's name was drawn for 1 month membership to Reno City Kickboxing. You can use it or give it to somebody you know. I sent you an e-mail through GoFundMe with details on using the membership.
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Drake was released from the hospital yesterday and his brother Austin was there to help him with all the logistics. Drake will be starting outpatient rehab and getting accustomed to his new normal outside of a hospital.

My family and I cannot thank all of you enough for your generosity, love, support and well wishes.

Please continue to share this fundraiser and encourage your friends to share it as well so we can reach our goal.
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$57,440 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 635 people in 7 months
Created July 19, 2018
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