Travis is a married 29 year old with 4 children. His wife is the sole caretaker for his 4 children due to his dibilitating pain and being unable to drive.
Travis began having unexplained joint pain at the end of April. In the beginning of May the pain was so unbearable and he could no longer walk. This same week he became a Journeyman and has been unable to return to work since. He has worked very hard to earn this and provide for his family.
He was diagnosed with osteonecrosis and fracture in the right hip. Roughly only 10,000 people a year are diagnosed with this disease. Treatment requires a bone graph procedure to save his hip. This is a rare disease that causes death to the bone. In order for Travis to save his hip it requires surgery in New York City with Dr. Mont. He is very well known for his expertise in treating osteonecrosis. This surgery can not be done locally.
In August Travis broke his ankle while on crutches! This has raised a lot of concern on if there is something more going on with his bones such as a metabolic bone disease. A bone scan done this week at Mayo Clinic revealed low bone density. As well as liver issues, and elevated white blood cell count. He is waiting further testing to see if he is a candidate for a transfusion to strengthen his bones to help avoid another fracture and alleviated some of his widespread pain he’s having. This may require a lot more trips in the near future to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
I hope to raise enough money so Travis can receive the bone graft he needs in NYC to get him off crutches and walking unassisted again, as well as helping with expenses of commuting to and from Mayo Clinic.
Any money that is raised over the cost of treatment will be used to help Travis’ family catch up on bills that are piling up.
His short term disability and medical insurance with the union are running out very soon.