Hi, I'm Luke Taylor. September 30, 2018 my life was turned upside-down, when I broke my neck and sustained a severe cervical spinal cord injury in an off-road vehicle accident.
The crash paralyzed me below my upper chest with limited use of my arms and hands (quadriplegia). During my 4-month hospital stay, I lost my job that I loved, my beloved dog, Dottie, my home, vehicles, retirement savings, health insurance and (worst of all) my Independence. My elderly parents moved me into their guest room and modified their home to accommodate me in my power wheelchair. Their generosity has exhausted their entire retirement savings providing for my comfort and care.
Late summer 2020 I began to suffer with non-stop, agonizing, neuropathic pain everywhere I have no sensation. Although I underwent six more therapeutic surgeries, the pain only worsened. My final surgery, September 2021, destroyed my ability to use my arms and hands and increased my pain to unimaginable levels. The pain has progressed to a point where I am incapacitated, isolated and unable to leave my bed. To sit in my wheelchair, even for a few minutes, generates unrelenting, burning, stabbing, debilitating, full-body pain for days on end. It takes it's toll both physically and mentally.
Last summer I was diagnosed with Spinal Adhesive Arachnoiditis (SAA), Tethered Cord Syndrome and Post Traumatic Syringomyelia. SAA is an inflammatory-adhesive mass inside my spinal canal that is progressively trapping and damaging my nerve roots. SAA is ranked "THE HIGHEST FORM OF CHRONIC PAIN THAT EXISTS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE TODAY!" Arizona doctors have exhausted their array of pharmaceuticals and treatments covered by my insurance plan with little or no results. I am devastated by the diagnosis, but remain positive and driven to do extensive research and look for any glimmer of hope.
I found Dr. Scott Falci, a neurosurgeon at the Institute for Spinal Cord Injury, located in Englewood, Colorado. This brilliant doctor is advanced in effective surgical treatments that, at best, may reverse my condition and at least, stop the progressive damage to my spinal cord. In addition, Dr. Sabrina Solt has had great success relieving central neuropathic pain and healing nerves using stem cell paste harvested from my own body fat. Arachnoiditis patients travel from all over the world to receive her life-saving treatments.
Essential treatments known to be effective on this horrific disease are cost prohibitive and not covered by my insurance plan. I need your help to restore hope that soon I will be able to regain some quality of life before it's too late. Any contribution you can spare is helpful. I am more than grateful to you for your generosity and pray you'll find it in your heart to share my story with your friends and associates as well. Without treating the underlying cause of my intractable pain, I am doomed to a miserable, agonizing, bed-bound life of diminishing quality until death.
I currently have 242 Facebook followers, and of those 242, they have a combination of 223,552 plus friends. If each of my friends made a small $10 donation to my GoFundMe campaign and asked their friends to do the same, in a very short time I could have the funds required to get the lifesaving treatments I desperately need. Please help by making a donation of $10 or more and ask each of your friends to do the same.
God bless and I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on my progress.
Sincerely, Luke Taylor
Estimated Cost of Treatments:
- Medical and Travel Expenses for initial consult with Dr. Scott Falci at the Falci Institute for Spinal Cord Injury plus 6-10 weeks recovery after surgery at Craig Hospital inpatient rehabilitation in Englewood, Colorado. $45,000-$60,000
- Adipose Stem Cell Therapy for pain relief and regeneration of spinal cord and nerves after surgery. $17,000 first treatment; possible $17,000/year follow-up treatments.
Sharing the Hope:
In the event that the funds raised exceed the amount required for my recovery, I plan to donate the surplus to others suffering from SAA pain and paralysis who cannot afford the necessary life-saving treatments. Additionally, I aim to support the following charities:
Arachnoiditis Hope Forest Tennant Foundation
More information about my condition can be found at the following links:
The Wheelchair Dad Struggle with Adhesive Arachnoiditis is real.
Arachnoiditis Hope sponsored by the Tennant Foundation
Pain Alleviating Effect of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Transplantation on the Injured Spinal Cord: A Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evaluation
Spinal cord injury below-level neuropathic pain relief with dorsal root entry zone micro-coagulation performed caudal to level of complete spinal cord transection ~ Dr. Scott Falci