In 2016, the US government acknowledged that his Type II diabetes may have been caused by his exposure to agent orange in the course of refueling small boats and helicopters fighting in S. Vietnam.
My dad is the hardest worker I have ever known, and is admired throughout our local community. Now he needs some help. He has been in tremendous pain all summer due to severe arthritis in his right knee. He continues to work as hard as ever and all summer I have watched him suffer while he limps and favors his leg while working.
Not once have I heard him complain.
He believed his only option to be surgery but I am trying to raise money in order for him to undergo stem cell treatment (using stem cells harvested from HIS bone marrow). This revolutionary treatment is just beginning to be used to treat shoulder and knee injuries and arthritis. In a nutshell the process works like this: Stem cells are generic cells that have the ability to turn into any other type of body cell. Doctors extract these stem cells from bone marrow or fat tissue. They filter the extraction to obtain a concentrated source. These cells can stimulate healing in various parts of the body.
The insurance companies, however, are not yet agreeing to cover the cost. The chance of success is not 100%, the doctors say he has a 75% chance of success. Here is some more information about how stem cell therapy works and also about the doctor we have chosen:
Stem Cell Therapy
Why avoid surgery? Diabetes makes surgery very risky. The last surgery he had, in 2010, significantly impacted his diabetes, causing him to require insulin injections. Now he requires insulin 4 times per day. We are afraid of the great risks that surgery would entail and are desperate for an alternative.
What is the cost? The cost of the first treatment was estimated to be a max $4,975 with three follow-up treatments of $850 each. We are trying to raise enough money for the first three treatments. ￼
In 2016 my mother was diagnosed with dementia and my sister and I moved home to help take care of her. I quit my job to help out for the year. We are trying to figure out how to help my parents afford to keep our family farm, while affording the care my mother will soon need. So we really need my dad to be healthy, strong, and pain free! The doctors were able to get us in much sooner than anticipated and so the first treatment was just scheduled for December 27th in New Jersey; I plan to drive my dad there. We are hoping our community of friends, family, farmers, and veterans can help us out with this one. Thank you. To learn more about our family farm check out the link below:
The Lauder Family Farm
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