For those of you wishing more info: I will add to this later but for now, you can find more information here:
A word from Bill...
My name is Bill Rutherford.
I'm 51 years old and I'm dying of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) which has no known cause, cure or treatment.
You may know the disease from helping out with the "Ice Bucket Challenge" a few years ago.
I'm writing this after my wonderful brother convinced me its worth a shot after I suggested it.
I was diagnosed in August and had to leave my job as an I.T Manager in November 2016.
Things have gotten progressively worse since then.
At present, I've lost about 20 pounds, my left arm and hand is completely dead and wasting away and my now my right hand is almost gone too. Soon I won't be able to wash or dress or eat or do anything on my own (with things being extremely difficult even now).
Most likely, very soon, I won't be able to walk, I'll need a feeding tube, and I'll even lose my ability to speak.
Finally, I won't be able to breath on my own.
Unfortunately, after working most of my life and having no savings, I'm now trying to get by on a pathetic disability pension and its making my final days a living nightmare. I've already had to give up my own place (which I could no longer afford).
I could go into great detail on how living in virtual poverty is hastening my demise but I'm sure you folks can imagine how tough this is while simultaneously facing such a brutal prognosis.
I have no children, no girlfriend, few close friends, and I've been divorced since 2010 (after 20 years of marriage) so my brother Jim has selflessly taken on the burden of taking care of me and letting me live with him, his girlfriend Barb, and his awesome 12-year old son, Nick.
Barb and Jim both work hard but they struggle to make ends meet - especially with me in the picture.
All I'm looking for is some money to pay off my car (so I can leave it to my brother) and maybe take a trip to our boyhood home of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to visit some relatives (who we haven't seen in many years). We'd also like to scatter my mum's ashes near where she grew up there (she died in December 2014). To be completely honest I'd love to maybe have a couple more fun days with a drink in my hand on a nice bar patio somewhere too :) I'm not worried about any special medical equipment or anything because I don't think Ill let myself get to the point where I need it.
Any assistance you can offer would be appreciated much more than you know and it would help a dying man renew his faith in the kindness of strangers - and in all of humanity in general :)
Thank you all so very much.
Remember to tell everyone you care about that you love them - everyday :)
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