Stem Cells for Kelly's Cure

$60,675 of $75k goal

Raised by 44 people in 13 months
Kelly Gwen Gaiser  QUEENSBURY, NY
Thank you for reading this!

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007.  They tell me that I've had it since I was a teenager (Over 20 years!). I was just to stubborn to admit that something was wrong. I rode horses, sang in bands, barrel raced, trained dogs, I was even a bouncer for a while!   I didn't understand how people were able to do some of the sports and athletic things that they did.  Everything was so hard!  Other peoplle were amazing!

It took me losing feeling in half of my body and going blind in one eye to finally get it checked out.  When they told me that I had MS I was devastated.  I lost my job, I had lost my self confidence.  My life was over.

But, I've never been one to stay beaten.  I can't help but try.  Life is still hard, getting harder every day, but I have a family now.  Two kids, two step kids and a husband who rely on me.  I keep going, but I was pretty depressed about this "no cure" and that I WILL end up in a wheelchair.  I DON'T ACCEPT THIS!

I have been trying to raise money for a new MS treatment that has an 80% success rate!  It's a stem cell transplant that involves chemo, baldness and 4-6 weeks away from my family.  But if  get through it I can be the mom that they deserve! 

The thing is that HSCT (That's the technical name for it) won't be approved by the FDA for MS until 2022. (It's the same treatment they use for cancer already).  If I wait that long I might be in a wheelchair permanently.

There are several clinics outside of the US that offer this treatment, but I have to pay for it completely out of pocket.  The least expensive place with great reviews is a plae in Mexico called The Cinic Ruiz.   The treatment costs $52,000 and with other costs (airfare, additional medication, carer expenses, etc)  I need to raise about $70,000.   That's a lot for anyone, but imagine being the mom of 4 kids on disability!

So please, please, PLEASE consider donating to my fund?  I'm a great mom, but I could be so much better if I felt better.  I've had MS for my entire adult life.  Can you help me find out what normal is like?

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Update 12
Posted by Kelly Gwen Gaiser
8 months ago
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Mommy dolls!
The dolls I made for my kids to hug
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Update 11
Posted by Kelly Gwen Gaiser
8 months ago
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Ugh! It's so hard playing the waiting game! I'm spending my time packing (and repacking) My carry-on luggage (checked baggage was too expensive). I'm cleaning the house like a crazy person (hoping it sticks. It won't.). I'm preparing the kids mentally as much as I can and I made them these cool "Mommy dolls" to hug while I'm gone (I even put my perfume on them). My appointment with the hemotologist is this week. I hope she agrees to help me after I get back!

I'm still fund raising. I've got to buy a bunch of meds in Mexico, hire a house cleaner because I'll be too tired and I don't want germs to kill me, and get "safe" food (ie: overly processed, frozen, cooked to death, a germ wouldn't live on this stuff food). I'm going to miss fruit.

So, if you've got any spare change in your couch or you see a twenty on the side of the road, please consider donating!

Thank you!!!
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Update 10
Posted by Kelly Gwen Gaiser
8 months ago
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There's only a little over a month until we're off to Mexico! I've been busy meeting local doctors, getting all of my documentation ready, cramming a months worth of clothing into a carry-on so I don't have to pay checked luggage fees... But most importantly I CHOPPED OFF MY HAIR! Not only that, but I dyed it teal and purple. Hey, why not? It's going to fall out anyway. I might as well have some fun. :D

Remember, I'm still raising money. If you want do donate, but don't want to get nothing for it (except my lifelong thanks!), you can put a pre-order in for a knitted item. Just let me know and I'll make it so!

Until then, please enjoy my crazy hair. :D

Love!
Kelly
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Update 9
Posted by Kelly Gwen Gaiser
10 months ago
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Good news! So the follow up infusions that they recommend after my treatment in Mexico can be given subcutaneously! That means that I can do them myself without bribing a doctor to prescribe them "off label" and risk law suits or whatever. So I can buy them in Mexico and bring them home with me! These injections are of rituxumab (sp?) which kills off any leftover troublemaking immune system cells that are lingering around causing trouble. They aren't required, but they make success more likely. The bad news is that I need 5 injections. They come in packs of 6. They are $500 a shot. That's $3000 more dollars. WTH? Argh. If I don't buy them in Mexico I might not be able to get them at all because they aren't prescribed for MS patients (the leukemia people are hogging them). So... Argh. More money. :(. Please share my link with all your rich friends! (I know you've been hiding them from me lol)
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$60,675 of $75k goal

Raised by 44 people in 13 months
Created March 10, 2016
CM
$30
Carole Mccormick
7 months ago
LB
$25
Lynne Bardo
8 months ago

Every little bit helps. Hope you are able endure the wait and that you are soon on your way to improved health!

$1,500
Anonymous
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
ES
$100
Ellen Smith
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
$50
Anonymous
9 months ago
1
1
KA
$200
Kerry Armour
9 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1

Payment for a bunch of Totoro stuff (and a hefty donation). Thanks Kerry!!

RA
$100
Robert Aijala
10 months ago
1
1

All the Best!

CS
$110
Caitlin Steger
10 months ago
1
1

You got this Kelly! I'm excited to see what an exciting new life you are going to get to lead!

BS
$20
Bravelet Sales
10 months ago (Offline Donation)

This is a percentage of the bravelets bought in my name! :)

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