Medical Financial Fundraising for Craig!

***We are setting up a website where you can view Craigs entire story, see his progress, and learn more about this very rare disease.  Please check back shorly, and should have the link to the site in less than a week!***

Craig J. Szmigiel
is 25 years old, and suffers from an extremely rare Autoimmune Disease called NMO (neuromyelitis optica). This disease affects the immune system. Unknown of its cause, the body contains an anti-body that attacks the immune system. This causes legions to form on the brain and spine. When this happens, it causes muscle weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, and in many cases paralysis. The effects of these symptoms can be permanent and life threatening. Unfortunately for Craig, he suffered one of the worst cases imaginable.  

After spending over 5 combined months in the hospital, his insurance is no longer willing to cover his physical therapy, or his life saving medication. One of the medications he needs is called an "IVIG" infusion. This procedure costs $22,000 per infusion, and he needs this 3-5 times a year. Also, he is in need of a form of chemo treatment called Rutuxin 2-3 times a year, which is around $12,000 per infusion. He needs these 3x a year.  

Please help our family attempt to cover the cost of these medications & therapy while we continue our battle with the insurance agency to get him coverage. Craig has fought so hard thus far, and he needs to continue his road to recovery & needs his medication to fight this awful disease from ever coming back.  

We will be continuing to have donations and fundraisers well into the future to try and help Craig in any way possible. Every little bit helps, and we thank you so very much for all of your continued support.

  • Kati & Shawn L. 
    • $50 
    • 79 mos
  • christopher redman 
    • $50 
    • 80 mos
  • Leah Wilcox 
    • $50 
    • 80 mos
  • Mike Nummer 
    • $20 
    • 83 mos
  • Tim Sekutowski 
    • $50 
    • 83 mos
See all

Organizer

Matthew A. Szmigiel 
Organizer
Shelby Charter Township, MI
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