From Team Tschupp:
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Any support you can provide - financially, emotionally or mindfully - will help Chris win his battle and live a long and happy life. We appreciate your generosity and kindness in joining us in this fight.
My name is Chris Tschupp. I was born in New York State and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. My grandmother taught me how to skate at 4 years old; by the time I was 5, I knew I needed to play hockey. I made my first travel team as a Mite and there was no looking back: I started to chase my passion alongside my best friend, Bob Cielo.
I played hard for the next 20 years: Bricktown, NJ, the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Toms River High School East, Trinity-Pawling Prep School, University of Notre Dame and minor league pro hockey. In June 1990, the two decades of hard work paid off: I was selected as the 125th Overall Pick in the NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames - The Stanley Cup Champions! It was the biggest honor of my life. After working so hard through youth, high school and college hockey my dreams had come true, thanks to a lot of blood, sweat, tears and grit along the way.
FAST-FORWARD, 29 YEARS AFTER THE NHL DRAFT:
A few years ago I noticed that my fingers had started curling, my hands were getting weaker and I could no longer hold a hockey stick. I saw a chiropractor, a spine surgeon, had X-rays taken of my neck and spine, got a cervical MRI, a brain MRI with contrast, an EMG and a nerve conduction study.
Everything was pointing towards “stenosis” in my neck. The stenosis, apparently, was putting pressure on a nerve that controls my hands. “Okay, no problem,” I told myself. “I’ll get a laminectomy surgical procedure and my hands will be cured.” I saw a hand specialist who agreed that the nerves in my neck were not firing down to my hands.
But then my speech started to slow - a huge red flag. I immediately went to see a neurologist (a motor neuron specialist) and after testing, he came back with a shocking diagnosis: I had ALS, and I had between 2 and 5 years left to live. I was devastated.
Over the course of the following weeks, I saw three more neurologists. They conducted another EMG/NCS test, a lumbar puncture/spinal tap, blood tests that revealed elevated antibodies, and a heart calcium test with a cardiologist. The elevated antibodies were treated with neuropathy - a specialized IV drip - but it was infused at too high a rate. I ended up in the Emergency Room with Aseptic Meningitis for three days. The specialists I saw gave me no hope, no effective solutions and no suggestions for alternative treatments.
So here I am today, facing the biggest challenge of my life: ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord that are needed to keep muscles moving, leading to muscle weakness and paralysis).
After recently attending a HEAL ALS conference in Salt Lake City, UT, I realized that I do have some common symptoms of ALS. I needed to accept the reality of my situation and turn my attention towards fighting harder than I ever have to sustain my life.
Breaking the news to my girl, Sofia Grace, my parents, sister, relatives and friends was heartbreaking. My tears flowed like never before. I didn’t know what to do, who to see, what treatments to seek - I was in shock. Doctors told me that there was nothing I could do - except enjoy my life until it ends.
But these doctors do not know Chris Tschupp. I DON’T GIVE UP. EVER.
As a screenwriter today, I have written 4 TV shows, 2 full-length feature films and have 4 more in the pipeline. Yet today, I can’t really type anymore, much less hold a pen or pencil. While writing is difficult, I’ll never quit telling great stories that inspire people and have an impact on the world.
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THE REALITY OF THE FIGHT AHEAD
I need your help to #HaltALS. Through many hours of research and interaction with neurologists, biological dentists, holistic doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and neurosurgeons, I have learned that the treatments I need, the supplements I require and the foods I need to eat are incredibly expensive. And they are not covered by insurance. Here are some of the best options to improve and extend my life:
To Eliminate Toxins:
* Cleaning products (avoid chlorine) use natural soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, detergents.
* Avoid mercury
* Avoid molds and improve air quality with air filters
* High quality water filters
* Avoid food toxins: (Gluten, MSG, aspartate, benzoates, sulfites)
To Aid the Detoxification Process:
* IV Chelation calcium
* IV Mulit-Vitamin-mineral supplementation
* Glutathione IV, nebulized and intranasal
* Far infrared sauna
* Colon therapy.
As you can see, there are a lot of steps I need to take to stay healthy and live a longer life. I have been researching new doctors, their methodology, treatments and knowledge on nutrition and I’m creating a NEW TEAM. This team of doctors care about their patients, think outside the box and will find the source of my health issues instead of resorting to prescription drugs that cause more problems than one can count.
I am very grateful for this GoFundMe platform and I know it has helped so many people throughout the world. However, I would like this personal platform to be interpreted as: **IF** you can donate, then thank you so very much. Any amount helps but you're under no obligation to give.
I would like to thank God, Jesus Christ and Mary for looking upon me and granting me a wonderful life thus far.
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Everyone loves a great comeback…. And Chris Tschupp is coming!
#HaltALS #TschuppWillWin #FightLikeAChampionEveryday #FightwithChris #TeamTschupp