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

$58,370 of $100k goal

Raised by 682 people in 13 days
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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Christine Arruda Schultz
12 days ago
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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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Christine Arruda Schultz
5 days 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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Wayne Schultz
9 days ago
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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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Goreti Pavao
11 days ago
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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
11 days ago
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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
9 days ago
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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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Sheila Cataldo
9 days ago
2
2

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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Denia Butler
6 days ago
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I'm glad you are coming home soon. Where can I donate some money

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Wayne Schultz
8 days ago
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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
8 days ago
1
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Does it cost $100,000 just to get back to US????

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Liza Bathurst
9 days ago
1
1

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

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Christine Arruda Schultz
12 hours ago

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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$58,370 of $100k goal

Raised by 682 people in 13 days
Created January 7, 2017
Ryan Williams  
on behalf of Ed Schultz
$25
Anonymous
16 mins ago
MM
$100
Michelle Menze
4 hours ago
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LM
$50
Lauren Alviti McGlade
4 hours ago
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NA
$100
Novwe Akushe
5 hours ago
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1
PC
$30
Peter Case
11 hours ago
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1
CG
$250
Christopher Gervasi
12 hours ago
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1
JL
$100
John Lazur
1 day ago
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$15
Anonymous
1 day ago
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$50
Gerri Houde
2 days ago
1
1

Hoping for a speedy recovery and that your fund helps to cover the expenses.

SW
$1,000
Steve Wehn
2 days ago
1
1

On behalf of AMN Healthcare and your recruiters, Mason Stebbins with Club Staffing and Amanda Solar with American Mobile Healthcare, we wish you a full recovery and are thankful you and Christine are back home getting the care and support you need. We are all pulling for you!

Christine Arruda Schultz
12 days 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
Christine Arruda Schultz
5 days ago
3
3

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
Wayne Schultz
9 days 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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Goreti Pavao
11 days 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
11 days 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
9 days 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
Sheila Cataldo
9 days ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Denia Butler
6 days ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Wayne Schultz
8 days 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
8 days ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Liza Bathurst
9 days ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Christine Arruda Schultz
12 hours ago

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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