Hope for my Brother Taylor Elsley

For the past 8 years, I have watched my brother, Taylor, suffer and struggle with symptoms that no doctors in Canada were able to diagnose. Taylor had been an avid golfer and was competing in various tournaments in Canada and the U.S. and working back at home in the summer months. While in Orlando, he became very ill and was forced to return home. For the next several years, my Mom took Taylor to countless appointments, tests, and treatments throughout Ontario. After receiving multiple misdiagnoses and unsuccessful treatments, Taylor’s health continued to decline. Finally, a year ago, after testing done in the U.S., Taylor tested positive for Lyme and since that time has been treated in the U.S. for Chronic Lyme Disease.
Regardless of Taylor’s debilitating condition, he continued to work and pushed through every day only to return home exhausted and unable to do any more. He wanted to continue working and be able to contribute financially to the treatments and medical expenses but that became impossible. As the illness progressed over the years, the time came when he was no longer able to work and eventually his unemployment insurance ran out.  Our family has spent thousands of dollars on many treatments and medications. Unfortunately, Taylor does not have the financial means to pay for the treatment he needs. My Mom has been a single parent for the past 27 years and has always done her very best to provide for both of us but a single income only goes so far. She continues to work but her medical plan does not cover any of Taylor’s continuing expenses for appointments, tests, antibiotics and supplements. No disability support is offered.
Many of you have heard of Lyme disease, many of you have known someone who has it and it is likely some of you know how serious and chronic the illness can be. Unfortunately, many people with Lyme may look O.K. on the outside but no one knows the extent of suffering someone is going through on the inside if they have never experienced it themselves. Our family has learned what this life changing disease does to someone. Our mission is two-fold. First, to raise awareness of one of the fastest growing diseases in Canada, and second, to raise funds for an incredible brother, son and good friend to so many.
Taylor’s story is not unique and is one story among thousands of victims in Canada. Canada does not recognize the severity and impact of Lyme as a chronic illness and those suffering slip through the cracks in our health care and disability systems. The lack of accurate diagnostic testing in Canada, Lyme literate physicians and available treatment are seriously lacking. To have to seek treatment in the U.S. and overseas is unbelievable.
The healthy have the luxury of a life with choices, a gift most people take for granted. Most people start their day with unlimited possibilities and energy. Taylor is not that fortunate and remembers a time when he could look forward to every day. He has learned how precious every day is and hopes that people appreciate how lucky they are to have good health. Taylor has been ill for over 8 years and had missed out on so much. It’s time for him to get his life back. Taylor is an amazing brother, son and friend and because of the great impact he has had on our lives, we wanted to share his story and appeal to you to help Taylor on his journey to recovery.
Taylor’s best chance at getting his life back is to undergo whole-body hyperthermia treatment at the St. Georg Klinik in Germany. The procedures, accommodations, travel expenses & post treatment required will cost approximately $40,000. My family has spoken to many people who have attended the clinic and had great success. Their only regret is that they didn’t know about the treatment sooner.

I am posting some links below to provide information about the hyperthermia treatment.
German clinic info:
https://www.st-george-hospital.com/lyme-specialized-center/
Treatment info:
http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29469
Testimonials of hyperthermia treatment:
http://lymeandcancerservices.com/testimonials/
https://www.st-george-hospital.com/lyme-specialized-center/
http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29469
http://lymeandcancerservices.com/testimonials/
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Organizer and beneficiary

Brent Elsley 
Organizer
Pickering, ON
Taylor Elsley 
Beneficiary
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