Help save my eyes

$12,480 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 45 months
One Year Ago

A little over a year ago, I went from having normal vision to being legally blind. Within a short time, my vision in both eyes went from near normal to 20/400 in my peripheral vision, and fuzzy gray blindness in the center. I am no longer able to work, drive, watch television, or see my children's faces.

How My Two Children Appear To Me

My condition is called Optic Neuropathy,  which is a disease now affecting my optic nerves in both eyes. All of the doctors I have seen say this may be due to Multiple Sclerosis, and there is no way to bring my vision back. No treatment, no cure.

Learn more about how my sudden blindness has impacted me and my family. The media has been kind in helping to get the word out about my new opportunity for treatment!

My Story On Local FOX 17 News

A Glimmer Of Hope

But now, there is a real hope! I have been accepted to participate in a clinical trial called the Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study (SCOTS)  

Doctors basically take my own bone marrow from my hip and inject the stem cells into my eye near the nerve. They have seen amazing results so far! The only catch, it is private research, not yet covered by insurance, so it costs around $20,000 plus travel expenses.

How You Can Help

- Donate -- every little bit adds up! I’m half-way there, and would love to be able to start seeing better before the end of the year.

- Share -- share this on any social media site you choose

What Your Help Would Do

With your help, my two kids could have their normal mom back, who can drive them to the park and read stories to them. I could return to work, and see my kids faces before I kissed them good bye every morning. I would be able to experience my world fully like I used to. And bring life back to myself and my family.

Please help bring my vision back, for me, my husband, and my two kiddos. Give what you can, and share my story with others in your life who may want to contribute!

Let Me Give Back

To encourage everyone who encourages me by giving, I’m offering work from my own hands as rewards for different levels of donation. I am setting up those details shortly, so stay tuned!

Me, Phil, Austin and Rory

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I recently had the opportunity to connect with a truly amazing person, Doug Oliver. Like me, Doig was legally blind and after having this procedure done as part of the SCOTS trial over a year ago he can see again and has regained full vision! Doug put in a great deal of effort updating my page and created an amazing video that will show you how I see my kids faces. So grateful to have such amazing people in my life! Thank you to all who have donated and shared! And thank you Doug! I feel so blessed!
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Almost halfway there after the generous $1000 donation today! Keep sharing please so I can see once again!
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So blessed with the recent $2000 donation from an amazing woman who recently had this procedure done and raised extra money. Please keep donating, sharing, and praying!
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Super excited for the Mary Kay event being hosted by Beckah VandenHoek this Saturday from 7 to 9 pm!! Please come if you are able, place an order through Beckah, or simply donate here!
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$12,480 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 45 months
Created June 2, 2015
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