August 27 EDIT - Hi everyone - today Ernie is on his way to Mexico to have the HSCT treatment at Clinica Ruiz. We have thankfully reached our goal between the donations on this GoFundMe and direct donations outside of the GoFundMe.
We are keeping this GoFundMe up so that we can continue to easily update everyone who has donated. Thank you all so much for your kindness, compassion, love and generosity. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our last video update (you can find it in the “updates” section).
Hi, My name is Maryem Tollar. My husband, Ernie Tollar, was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) in September 2022. The therapies he was offered in Canada were limited and do not have a very good success rate for slowing down the progression. He found out about the Hematapoeitic Stem Cell Transplant treatment which has a 71% success rate in stopping multiple sclerosis in people with PPMS. The sooner the treatment is done, the better because it can stop further damage from occurring.
This treatment has been done for decades in select major cities around the world. We have chosen Clinica Ruiz in Puebla Mexico because it is the largest patient volume autoimmune disease HSCT private treatment center in the world. Dr. Ruiz Argüelles and Dr. Gómez-Almaguer have performed more than 3,000 HSCT procedures during more than 20 years for hematological and autoimmune diseases, out of which over 900 have been for MS. Their transplant related mortality is less than 0.26%, among the safest treatment records in the world. Positive results have been achieved in over 78% of patients transplanted at Clinica Ruiz, which includes both relapsing and progressive patients.
This treatment is not covered by OHIP or our health insurance. The fee is in US dollars and we need to raise $100,000 Canadian Dollars to cover the medical costs, travel costs, lost income and recovery time.
We are reaching out to our community of friends and family and appreciate any amount you can donate.
Thank you so much for your support!