Most of you have heard by now that I have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. There is no cure for this disease. There are a few options that I have been given by physicians. The first would involve a lifetime of medications which limits my daily functions. The second is a lung transplant that involves radical surgery and has a low life expectancy of 5-7 years. The third and what I believe to be the best option is stem cell therapy. It is non-invasive, shows good promise with over an 80% success rate, and most importantly, offers hope. It would use my own stem cells and would refine them and put them back into my body. The procedure costs $12,000. I am traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona for the procedure which lasts two days and is taking place on the 19th-20th of this month.
The goal is to raise this money by the 12th of September so that I would be able to afford the procedure.
Every little bit helps. This an opportunity to slow or even potentially stop the spread of the disease. Prayers are greatly appreciated as is your kind generosity. God Bless you all and thank you for your continued support.
- Pablo Gonzalez
- Duane & Sheila Urbanek
- Joe & Sheila Fontes
- JoAnn Vierra
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