Ed's Bring-Me-Back-2-USA Med Fund

$60,803 of $100k goal

Raised by 705 people in 2 months
Ryan Williams
on behalf of Ed Schultz
 SAINT LOUIS, MO
Ed was on the trip of a lifetime.  He had spent his career as an Occupational Therapist helping others get back on their feet, and now he and his wife, Christine, were going to take a little time for themselves.  A trip to the other side of the world, Bahrain, to visit Christine’s sister who had recently relocated there.  They left just before New Year’s Eve, and upon arrival, took in the local scenes and boarded a cruise to see the Persian Gulf.  Unfortunately, just a few days into the trip, he coughed hard and heard a pop in his lower back. The pain overwhelmed him, and Christine quickly sought medical assistance.  The medical team on board tried to stabilize him, but they had to get him to port and to a hospital as soon as possible.  They finally arrived in Oman, and once at the hospital it was determined he had a fractured sacrum. 
 
As the doctors continued their examination, they found more bad news: a lesion on his sacrum that will require the expertise of a spinal surgeon. This has increased the urgency of this situation.  Ed cannot sit up or get out of bed. He cannot turn to the side even slightly without strong pain medication, and even with medicine the pain and muscle spasms are often too painful for him to bear. After helping so many people through his life, he is now the one that cannot get back on his feet. He needs to return home to pursue much more extensive medical care and surgery, but commercial flights are not an option in his condition.  His only course of action is to acquire a Medical Flight home.  The costs for this are exorbitant, ranging between $100K and $150K.
 
Ed has been a very close personal friend of mine for many years.  He and Christine welcomed me into their hearts and home when I was beginning my own career.  They’ve extended this level of generosity not only to me, but to my family and to everyone else who has been lucky to count them as friends.  They are truly big-hearted people.   To know that they are now experiencing such a traumatic event in such an unfamiliar place so far from home is gut-wrenching.  I am having difficulty comprehending this has happened to such wonderful people, and it makes my soul ache to not be able to bring them home. 
 
I am reaching out to friends, family, and even strangers to donate any sum, no matter the size, to assist in acquiring Ed a Medical Flight home and for assistance with the unexpected medical expenses.  The amount of money they would need to borrow would plunge these two wonderful people into a lifetime of massive debt, assuming they could even find the loans or resources to help.  Please help us bring our friends home to the USA as quickly as possible!
 
P.S.: If anyone has any connections that could help reduce this cost, please let us know!
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Update 1
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26 days ago
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Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
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Ed and I made it safely back to the US after a 24-hour long transit. He's at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and we're hoping to get some answers in the upcoming days. We couldn't have made it this far without all of you! Thank you!!!

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Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
5
5

Ed and I are truly overcome with gratitude over the outpouring of support. It has been a tearful day of watching family, friends and people we have never even met contribute to our return home. We are so thankful for all your donations, your kind, supportive words, and for sharing our story with others. Thank you all very much!

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Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
3
3

We can only remain truly amazed by your generosity. Thank you one and all for your thoughts, prayers and especially your support in this dark time in our lives. May God bless you all. Wayne & Eileen

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Sheila Cataldo
2 months ago
3
3

I got this from a friend: "Check the benefits your credit cards offer. I have heard American Express helps with med flight."

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Goreti Pavao
2 months ago
3
3

Wayne & Eileen Schultz, Thank you so much for the update. Praying for the entire family for strength at this trying time.

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Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
3
3

Update: Eddie will now be going by air ambulance, not commercial stretcher because that would have required a transfer from one plane to another via wheelchair which he cannot do. The air ambulance is a flying ICU so he should have the care he needs. The insurance will cover 50K. No definite total yet but looking like 75K out of pocket. This out of pocket expense does not cover his medical costs so we still need a lot of help in trying to pay the costs. The Air ambulance must be paid up front. Even with that said, we cannot arrange his flight home until the Boston based hospitals accept his case which we are still working on. My wife, family and I would like to thank all those who have made a contribution of any sort in money, prayers or both. These acts of generosity restores our faith in humanity. Though we do not know many of you who have contributed, we will never forget your help ever. WE WILL SURVIVE! Thanks again Wayne & Eileen ( Ed's parents)

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Lisa Giovino
2 months ago
2
2

Hi, not sure you already tried this but someone suggested going to the embassy to ask for help and also contact your local State rep for help. Praying things work out and Eddie is home soon Lisa Giovino

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Pamela Slavsky
1 month ago
1
1

I was very sad to hear Ed has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I am glad to know you are home and getting good care. My husband was diagnosed w MM 3 years ago. He had a successful stem-cell transplant. It's been a long road since then, but he is doing great right now. There are a lot of new treatments as I'm sure you know. I wish you all strength and lots of luck.

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Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
1
1

Update on Ed: The wheels have been turning pretty quickly since we got to Brigham and Women's, and our fears have been confirmed: cancer, specifically multiple myeloma. The news has barely sunk in, but already treatment is under way. He's taking high dose steroids and will start radiation next week to start to shrink the tumor on his sacrum and get him out of bed and walking. In the meantime, we are finding comfort in the small victories - he's making progress in overcoming the challenges that accompany prolonged immobility. He was able to sleep on his side last night for the first time since the fracture, and he's working on sitting his head up in bed more, all with significantly less pain. Further down the road, he will need chemotherapy and eventually a stem cell transplant. Ed's in good spirits. He's relieved to finally have a diagnosis and ready to start treatment. Lastly, Ed and I are eternally grateful for the kindness and generosity that has been shown to us. Please, keep shining your light in our dark time! Much love to all of you!

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Denia Butler
2 months ago
1
1

I'm glad you are coming home soon. Where can I donate some money

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Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
1
1

In response to: Tamara Sonaty-Davidson It actually costs a lot more. Ed must lie completely flat on a stretcher and be immobilized. He cannot walk or sit up. This is why we must get a Medical Air ambulance. He will be accompanied with a Flight crew, a Surgeon and medical staff on his flight home. This staff and plane flies into Oman and by FAA regulations must have a rest over period before they are allowed to fly him home. The flight time is between 17 -18 hours( with fuel stops).This cost is well above the 100,000 we are seeking. Think of it as renting a 747 jet for 3 days with no fellow passengers.The cost is upfront. Hope this helps explain why the goal is set at $100,000 which does not cover any of the incurred or future medical costs.

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Tamara Sonaty-Davidson
2 months ago
1
1

Does it cost $100,000 just to get back to US????

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Liza Bathurst
2 months ago
1
1

Have you looked into... http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

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Christine Arruda Schultz
15 days ago

He's home!! They gave him the boot last Friday, and he is settling in nicely. He's made lots of progress, but he still has more to go. Special thanks to everyone who has helped get him this far, and a very special thank you to Aunt Loretta, who will not see this but has graciously taken us in and gone above and beyond to share her home with us and to make it a smooth and comfortable transition. Nothing about this has been easy, but all of your love, support and assistance has made this time in our lives less of a struggle.

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Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Update: Ed had back stabilization surgery on Monday. He's still having lots of nerve pain in his left leg but he's working with PT and is walking with a walker! Radiation is complete, and chemotherapy will likely start mid next week. He should also be transitioning to rehab soon, once they are able to better control his pain. Overall, he's making good progress. Keep all the prayers, love, positive thoughts and energy coming!

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Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Hi! Wanted to update anyone who is interested and can't follow via Facebook or Instagram. Ed has 2 more radiation treatments left, and has been working with PT. So far he has taken some steps with a walker and ceiling assistive device, and has been able to sit in a chair for short periods of time, all with less pain. He is scheduled for sacral stabilization surgery on Monday, and should be starting chemotherapy shortly thereafter. Progress has been slow and steady, but his spirits are good and he is motivated!

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Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Thanks again to all for your love and support. Ed is done with his first week of radiation, and stood up for the first time in over 3 weeks yesterday!! He still can't sit up more than just a little bit without considerable pain, but everyone is optimistic that with radiation and time that will improve. He has one more week of radiation left, after which he will start chemo. He's still at Brigham and Women's but talks of discharge to rehab have begun.

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$60,803 of $100k goal

Raised by 705 people in 2 months
Created January 7, 2017
Ryan Williams  
on behalf of Ed Schultz
BW
$100
Brooke Walker
1 day ago

Come on Edwina, YOU CAN DO IT! Don't make me come up there and take you for drag!

CF
$100
Colleen Fitzpatrick
16 days ago
1
1
JK
$30
Jesse Kavadlo
18 days ago
1
1
$20
Lynn Acree
18 days ago
1
1
KL
$50
Kyle Lombard
18 days ago
1
1
JG
$50
Jim & Marsha Guyer
20 days ago
2
2
LP
$30
Linda Phipps
26 days ago
2
2
EC
$100
Elizabeth Chung
26 days ago
1
1
JC
$50
Jessica Cheng
26 days ago
1
1
NH
$100
Nadine Hur
26 days ago
1
1
Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
6
6

Ed and I made it safely back to the US after a 24-hour long transit. He's at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and we're hoping to get some answers in the upcoming days. We couldn't have made it this far without all of you! Thank you!!!

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
5
5

Ed and I are truly overcome with gratitude over the outpouring of support. It has been a tearful day of watching family, friends and people we have never even met contribute to our return home. We are so thankful for all your donations, your kind, supportive words, and for sharing our story with others. Thank you all very much!

+ Read More
Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
3
3

We can only remain truly amazed by your generosity. Thank you one and all for your thoughts, prayers and especially your support in this dark time in our lives. May God bless you all. Wayne & Eileen

+ Read More
Sheila Cataldo
2 months ago
3
3

I got this from a friend: "Check the benefits your credit cards offer. I have heard American Express helps with med flight."

+ Read More
Goreti Pavao
2 months ago
3
3

Wayne & Eileen Schultz, Thank you so much for the update. Praying for the entire family for strength at this trying time.

+ Read More
Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
3
3

Update: Eddie will now be going by air ambulance, not commercial stretcher because that would have required a transfer from one plane to another via wheelchair which he cannot do. The air ambulance is a flying ICU so he should have the care he needs. The insurance will cover 50K. No definite total yet but looking like 75K out of pocket. This out of pocket expense does not cover his medical costs so we still need a lot of help in trying to pay the costs. The Air ambulance must be paid up front. Even with that said, we cannot arrange his flight home until the Boston based hospitals accept his case which we are still working on. My wife, family and I would like to thank all those who have made a contribution of any sort in money, prayers or both. These acts of generosity restores our faith in humanity. Though we do not know many of you who have contributed, we will never forget your help ever. WE WILL SURVIVE! Thanks again Wayne & Eileen ( Ed's parents)

+ Read More
Lisa Giovino
2 months ago
2
2

Hi, not sure you already tried this but someone suggested going to the embassy to ask for help and also contact your local State rep for help. Praying things work out and Eddie is home soon Lisa Giovino

+ Read More
Pamela Slavsky
1 month ago
1
1

I was very sad to hear Ed has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I am glad to know you are home and getting good care. My husband was diagnosed w MM 3 years ago. He had a successful stem-cell transplant. It's been a long road since then, but he is doing great right now. There are a lot of new treatments as I'm sure you know. I wish you all strength and lots of luck.

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
2 months ago
1
1

Update on Ed: The wheels have been turning pretty quickly since we got to Brigham and Women's, and our fears have been confirmed: cancer, specifically multiple myeloma. The news has barely sunk in, but already treatment is under way. He's taking high dose steroids and will start radiation next week to start to shrink the tumor on his sacrum and get him out of bed and walking. In the meantime, we are finding comfort in the small victories - he's making progress in overcoming the challenges that accompany prolonged immobility. He was able to sleep on his side last night for the first time since the fracture, and he's working on sitting his head up in bed more, all with significantly less pain. Further down the road, he will need chemotherapy and eventually a stem cell transplant. Ed's in good spirits. He's relieved to finally have a diagnosis and ready to start treatment. Lastly, Ed and I are eternally grateful for the kindness and generosity that has been shown to us. Please, keep shining your light in our dark time! Much love to all of you!

+ Read More
Denia Butler
2 months ago
1
1

I'm glad you are coming home soon. Where can I donate some money

+ Read More
Wayne Schultz
2 months ago
1
1

In response to: Tamara Sonaty-Davidson It actually costs a lot more. Ed must lie completely flat on a stretcher and be immobilized. He cannot walk or sit up. This is why we must get a Medical Air ambulance. He will be accompanied with a Flight crew, a Surgeon and medical staff on his flight home. This staff and plane flies into Oman and by FAA regulations must have a rest over period before they are allowed to fly him home. The flight time is between 17 -18 hours( with fuel stops).This cost is well above the 100,000 we are seeking. Think of it as renting a 747 jet for 3 days with no fellow passengers.The cost is upfront. Hope this helps explain why the goal is set at $100,000 which does not cover any of the incurred or future medical costs.

+ Read More
Tamara Sonaty-Davidson
2 months ago
1
1

Does it cost $100,000 just to get back to US????

+ Read More
Liza Bathurst
2 months ago
1
1

Have you looked into... http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
15 days ago

He's home!! They gave him the boot last Friday, and he is settling in nicely. He's made lots of progress, but he still has more to go. Special thanks to everyone who has helped get him this far, and a very special thank you to Aunt Loretta, who will not see this but has graciously taken us in and gone above and beyond to share her home with us and to make it a smooth and comfortable transition. Nothing about this has been easy, but all of your love, support and assistance has made this time in our lives less of a struggle.

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Update: Ed had back stabilization surgery on Monday. He's still having lots of nerve pain in his left leg but he's working with PT and is walking with a walker! Radiation is complete, and chemotherapy will likely start mid next week. He should also be transitioning to rehab soon, once they are able to better control his pain. Overall, he's making good progress. Keep all the prayers, love, positive thoughts and energy coming!

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Hi! Wanted to update anyone who is interested and can't follow via Facebook or Instagram. Ed has 2 more radiation treatments left, and has been working with PT. So far he has taken some steps with a walker and ceiling assistive device, and has been able to sit in a chair for short periods of time, all with less pain. He is scheduled for sacral stabilization surgery on Monday, and should be starting chemotherapy shortly thereafter. Progress has been slow and steady, but his spirits are good and he is motivated!

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
1 month ago

Thanks again to all for your love and support. Ed is done with his first week of radiation, and stood up for the first time in over 3 weeks yesterday!! He still can't sit up more than just a little bit without considerable pain, but everyone is optimistic that with radiation and time that will improve. He has one more week of radiation left, after which he will start chemo. He's still at Brigham and Women's but talks of discharge to rehab have begun.

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