Hello family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones!
My name is Karen Diercksmeier. I would like to share a story of my very good friend Bob Voll. Bob and I have been friends for almost 23 years. Bob is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. This means the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease will continue and worsen over time. The cause is unknown and although there are treatment options, presently there is no cure. I am launching this campaign to raise money for the adoption of a companion dog for Bob. Parkinson’s disease has made Bob very depressed. He desperately needs a companion dog to keep him company and lift his spirits. I am asking for your help.
When I first met Bob, he was self-employed. He owned and ran a successful industrial refrigeration business. He was also raising his two boys and coaching their soccer and baseball teams. He loved snow skiing, water skiing, surfing, fishing and dirt bike riding. From the desert to the ocean, from the mountains to the river, Bob was always extremely active.
From the beginning of our friendship, Bob had no sense of smell. It was later learned that this was an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. Bob was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr, a chronic fatigue syndrome. Again, we later learned that this syndrome is also another early sign of Parkinson’s disease. Eventually in 2008, Bob started to lose the use of his right arm. It was at that time he realized something was really wrong. It became more and more difficult for Bob to run his business and perform his job. At the end of 2008, Bob started having severe tremors. By January 2009, Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Bob was put on several medications to help with tremors, stiffness and movement along with several other symptoms. The Parkinson’s started progressing very fast. Bob was no longer able to drive and eventually he was unable to work and run his business. With heavy heart, Bob had to close his business and the bills began to pile up. Bob’s medications alone are about $1,000 a month. Bob collects a small disability check, while Tammy, his long term love and life partner works a full time 8am-6pm job. However, they are barely making ends meet. Bob became a candidate and underwent a DBS brain surgery (deep brain stimulation). The surgery helped Bob’s tremors and movement. After the surgery, Bob was able to stop taking several of his medications. This helped Bob slightly reduce his monthly medication expenses.
Once in awhile, for a bit of exercise, Bob would enjoy riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. However, he recently had a very bad bike accident and completely tore his rotator cuff. Bob underwent surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful. Bob is now no longer able to ride his bicycle around the neighborhood. Bob spends every day home alone, while Tammy is at work. With depression set in, Bob will sleep until noon. At noon, he will get a bite to eat, maybe start a small project, and then go back to bed until Tammy gets home. In my heart, I have great confidence that a companion dog would change Bob’s life in a very positive way. Bob has wanted a dog for several years, but hasn’t been able to afford one. I believe a companion dog would give Bob a desperately needed purpose.
In researching a few different adoption centers, I have carefully calculated costs involved in adopting a companion dog. These costs include:
$1,500 adoption fee
$500-$1,000 travel cost depending upon adoption location
$200-$300 required companion dog training
$100 dog crate
$600 dog food for one year
$100 veterinarian insurance
$100 miscellaneous costs (dog seat belt, car pad, leash, bowl, etc.)
Please know, 100% of all donations will go directly towards the adoption and care of Bob’s companion dog. If additional monies are donated above the requested companion dog adoption/care fees, then 100% of these donations will go directly to Bob. These monies will be used for monthly medical expenses and medical bills.
Throughout the years, Bob has been a great friend to me, along with many others. Bob has always been a “give you the shirt off his back” kind of a guy. Bob has always been loyal, dependable, reliable, trustworthy and generous towards his friends and loved ones. Now, Bob needs our help. A companion dog friend is just what Bob needs to get him smiling again. Your donation can make that happen. ALL donations are appreciated and no donation is too small. Let’s get Bob the buddy that he needs and let’s get back his smile that we miss. THANK YOU for reading and THANK YOU for your help!
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If you would like to know more about Parkinson’s disease, you can visit pdf.org (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation).
Bob's passion, fishing in Mammoth Lakes.
Bob and Tammy on thier way to watch the Dodgers last spring training in Vero Beach, Florida.
Bob's final waterski ride.
Spending time with his first grandchild, Haidyn.
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