Michael has a disease called Dupuytren's Contracture, which is an overgrowth of collagen in the hands that causes them to become debilitated. Without our help Michael may well lose the use of all his fingers.
Michael has already permanently lost the use of both his pinkies and ring fingers, but there is an enzyme injection treatment called Xiaflex available for his other fingers and his thumbs.
Xiaflex costs over $3,000 per finger. What little insurance Michael has does not cover this procedure. Current estimates of the total uninsured costs indicate we can send Michael to his November 16th doctor appointment reasonably funded if we raise $25,000.
Michael is a young guy and it would be tragic for his hands to be debilitated at his age if there is the possibility of preventing it. So let's step up and do this!
For those of you who don't know Michael, he is a wonderful guy. Those of us who know him from our time at St. John's College know he is a force of intellectual verve, a trusted friend, and as the years have gone by, Michael has continued to be a bright presence in so many of our lives. Very few of us knew about his situation until now. But now that we know, we are working tirelessly to see that he gets the treatment he so badly needs.
So, whether you know Michael or not, please know you will be donating to a wonderful person who has brought joy and great friendship to many, many people.
We will keep you updated with how Michael is doing and what new information his doctor appointment makes available. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
And invite your friends, please!
BTW, the date of this "event" is set to 1/1/13 simply because there has to be a date for an event, but that date means nothing, so don't wait to donate!
Again, you can go to http://www.gofundme.com/
PS: If you prefer to use Paypal, you can send a payment to help.[email redacted] through that website.
- Suzannah Simmons
- tracy kerievsky
- Lisa Cara