With the transplant behind him - he now faces a whole new set of challenges. And that's why we've created this new fundraising site to help him in the long journey ahead.
MS HAS STOLEN 3 YEARS OF ANDREW'S LIFE
For those of you who don't know what MS is, it's an unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system, and there is no known cause. Worst of all, there is no known cure. Many of the medications and treatments that Andrew has taken since he was diagnosed have caused additional medical problems, and been further complicated by his Type 1 Diabetes. He has lost his ability to work, his ability to live on his own, his car, his freedom -- he has lost the last 3 years of his life.
THE STEM CELLS ARE WORKING - THERE IS NEW HOPE AHEAD!
Fortunately for Andrew, his own stem cells provide real hope for halting his MS and allowing him to return to a normal life. On July 29, 2014 Andrew underwent the final stage of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. You can read about his journey here: https://www.facebook.com/drewsjourneytobeatms.
ANDREW HAS BIG GOALS FOR HIMSELF - AND HE NEEDS YOU TO HELP HIM GET THERE
Right now Andrew is in crippling pain, as his stem cells engraft and become the "new and improved white blood cells needed to become his new immune system" as he put it. The process is frightening and painful, but he knows it's worth it - because Andrew plans to beat MS and go to nursing school. What does he want? As Andrew puts it, "he's on the frontage road of life trying to get back on the expressway." He wants his freedom back. He wants to be able to live and function. He wants to be pain-free. He wants to get back into a place of his own again. He wants to become a nurse. He wants to get back to being Andrew.
EVERY DONATION HELPS - NO MATTER HOW SMALL
Years of medical bills continue to mount, and Andrew's uncertain future is met with his VERY certain resolve. If determination were enough, he'd get there on his own. But he needs help. And even small donations can add up to big hope. Your donation will go toward medical bills, Andrew' ongoing rehabilitation, and living expenses. Together we are hoping to get Andrew through this tough patch in his life, and get him back on that expressway. Hopefully years from now Andrew will look back on these past few years as only a short detour.
We thank you in advance for your donations, and we ask also for your ongoing prayers! God bless!
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