Kevin has been sick since 2012. In 2016 he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a potentially disabling condition that strikes over 300,000 Americans every year. His limitations are severe. He can’t stand for more than a few minutes or walk more than a few yards. He can’t work, drive, see friends or shoot hoops—once his prime pastime.
For six years he’s bravely endured an endless series of doctors, tests and treatments that often make him feel worse without making him feel better. At times he’s been well enough to pursue an online graduate degree in social work. His goal is to help other young people living with chronic illness.
The past year has been tough. Kevin’s health has worsened. He’s been bedridden 95 percent of the time without relief. Last fall he and his mom Karen moved to San Miquel d’Allende, Mexico, to ease Kevin’s extreme winter isolation and pursue new treatments.
Much to their surprise they’ve discovered a new doctor in Mexico who has treated patients with Lyme in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Some of his global partners have included well-known Lyme doctors who are beyond the family’s budget. Lyme treatments in the U.S. cost upwards of $25,000 and none are covered by private insurance or Medicare.
Kevin’s been on his new protocol for about four weeks and already there are small signs of improvement. To we who love him they are big signs for hope. Karen is still working in addition to meeting Kevin’s needs, but their resources are not enough for the average $1,000 a month for doctor’s fees, supplements and interventions. Recovery can take up to one or two years.
Please help Kev with this chance to heal: no amount is too small. At 34, he still has a lot of time to live a long and healthy life!
Please share this message with friends and family since most of us know someone who has been touched by Lyme disease.
With Love and Blessings ~
Sandy Franklin and Patrick Badalian
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