Retired NFL Player Needs Adult Stem Cells For His Heart

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Dian Cogdill  SPOKANE, WA

My husband, Gail Cogdill, is a retired NFL Player who played 11 years for Detroit. As a result of the bumps and bruises, and his genetics he has been battling congestive heart failure. His heart is at only 18%, even after a 6 way bypass and he continues to get weaker.


Point is, he needs a new heart. However, the medical field denies him of this due to his age (75). The best they can do is maybe a mechanical heart which maybe will give him 5 years. Maybe isn't a good enough answer for Gail, or myself, or his children. Our family and friends have done a lot of research and a lot of praying and we have found out about adult stem cells. They are taken from his own blood, then the stem cells are harvested from his blood and then put back into his heart. The success of this procedure is good, actually better than that. After speaking to several couples that have gone through exactly the same as us, our belief is that this is the better road for Gail. Yet our insurance does not acknowledge it as a valid procedure. The only specialist that use this treatment are in Mexico or Europe. Although this is what we so desperately want, we have exhausted all of our funds.


Gail has a family to live for still, things he has yet to experience, and moments in life that we need him for. To walk his youngest daughter down the isle, to see his great grandson's firsts, to travel to the places he dreams of, to live his life out with me still. There are a lot of people who love him, and if you knew him for 2 minutes I know you would feel the same. I feel that God has more in store for him. We would appreciate any help. Any at all.
Thank you, From the wife, family, and friends of the NFL Player
" http://repairstemcells.org/Community/Dons-Corner/A-Grim-Fairy-Tale.aspx"

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Update 20
Posted by Gail R Cogdill
13 months ago
Gail at this time is doing good. He has some new issues but we are dealing with them one at a time. He is in good spirits and is so grateful for all of the support from his fans, friends, family. He said Thank you and God Bless all of you.
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Update 19
Posted by Gail R Cogdill
14 months ago
Gail has a few more issues and had to have surgery done on his right leg for a by pass but he is doing well now.
Thank you for all the prayers and donations
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Update 18
Posted by Gail R Cogdill
37 months ago
Gail had a three month follow up with his cardiologist today. And is maintaining his status with his heart. We will be looking at proceeding ahead in the late spring to go to Florida regarding his stem cells.
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Update 17
Posted by Gail R Cogdill
43 months ago
Gail is still in rehab and will be for the next three months and is making improvements. He will be going for further test in July to see how the heart is doing, Thank you for all the prayers and support.
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Dustin Powders
51 months ago
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I too have 20 % to my heart and received no help from gov and have no coverage it's as if I'm supposed just wither away this story has touched me gives me hope bless your family

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Lynda Churchill
48 months ago

I met this incredible man and his lovely wife last week. I pray that I get to know them and support them. With all that they face, they spent time talking to me about my (autistic) son and a charity organization I founded. What a blessing they were to me that day.

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Gary Lowe
50 months ago

Former Detroit Lion standout Gail Cogdill is in the fight of his life. If you can, please support his family's plea for contributions to pay for what might prove to be a life saving medical procedure.

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Bryan Lord
51 months ago

Wow, that's really a shame! To me, if this man played in the NFL especially for as long as he did, then no disrespect but he SHOULD NOT have to reach out to strangers and reach into his own pocket! The NFL should automatically compensate and pay for all his medical expenses! Point blank! And with the money that a lot of these athletes make today, believe me it would hurt some of the on the present-day Lions' players to maybe reach into THEIR pockets and donate a couple of thousand bucks.

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Rona Smith-Langley
51 months ago

Gail and his family are truly wonderful people. I have been friends with the family for atleast 10 yrs and have never known Gail to be anything but wonderful husband, fantastic father, and a kind generous person. Please help support this cause. I love you Cogdill family

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Jerry Thompson
52 months ago

Gail was my babysitter when we lived next door to his parents on 2nd Ave in Spokane. A great man and was always about family. I remember saturday football at Libby with Gail his brother, dad and uncles. He made me the "Coug" supporter I am today. Every manneds to see his daughter down the isle. Please support this effort

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Karen Kirshner
52 months ago

Gail is a wnderful person and deserves the very best. Let's all help by praying and donating for his medical sitution. Former classmate, Karen(Skinner)...

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Austin Cogdill
52 months ago

I love you Daddy. You'll always be my hero and I'm here to fight for you. xoxox

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Barry Helfand
52 months ago

A great cause, and the right thing to do.

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Don Margolis
52 months ago

The Repair Stem Cell Institute supports The Cogdills in this endeavor since he is a perfect candidate for heart stem cells who is still in good shape for age 75. Gail Cogdill is the only Detroit Lion to win the Rookie of the Year award, and one of very few receivers to ever do so. Since the 1950s, he has been a good neighbor, an active supporter of retired players rights. It seems like everyone who knows him likes him! When you get a minute, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABnhWWHydwc

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$20,817 of $35k goal

Raised by 188 people in 52 months
Created July 29, 2012
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$100
Frank Oki
13 months ago
AD
$20
ANTHONY DEBENE
13 months ago
JS
$100
Jimmy Sewell
13 months ago

Gail--I remember you when I was only 8 years old! I wish you the best! Jimmy Sewell (Harley Sewell's son)

$15
Anonymous
14 months ago
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$25
Al Freedman
14 months ago

Hey Gail so sorry to hear you are ailing. We met when you visited the Indy 500 track in the sixties. I was on a race team and really enjoyed hanging out with you. You have often been in my thoughts over the years. Get well.

$100
Anonymous
23 months ago
$50
Steve Anderson
35 months ago

Although I've never met Gail or any of his family, as a football historian I've always sensed he was/is a class act and his children are evidence of that. Gave him some love in a trivia question added to my pending book Retro Football Games - A Nostalgic Look at 90 Years of Tabletop Games. All the best - Steve

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$1,000
Mike Hayden
37 months ago
PC
$20
Pat Cogdill-Holt
38 months ago

Best of luck to you.

BS
$100
Bill Starr
43 months ago
Dustin Powders
51 months ago
1
1

I too have 20 % to my heart and received no help from gov and have no coverage it's as if I'm supposed just wither away this story has touched me gives me hope bless your family

+ Read More
Lynda Churchill
48 months ago

I met this incredible man and his lovely wife last week. I pray that I get to know them and support them. With all that they face, they spent time talking to me about my (autistic) son and a charity organization I founded. What a blessing they were to me that day.

+ Read More
Gary Lowe
50 months ago

Former Detroit Lion standout Gail Cogdill is in the fight of his life. If you can, please support his family's plea for contributions to pay for what might prove to be a life saving medical procedure.

+ Read More
Bryan Lord
51 months ago

Wow, that's really a shame! To me, if this man played in the NFL especially for as long as he did, then no disrespect but he SHOULD NOT have to reach out to strangers and reach into his own pocket! The NFL should automatically compensate and pay for all his medical expenses! Point blank! And with the money that a lot of these athletes make today, believe me it would hurt some of the on the present-day Lions' players to maybe reach into THEIR pockets and donate a couple of thousand bucks.

+ Read More
Rona Smith-Langley
51 months ago

Gail and his family are truly wonderful people. I have been friends with the family for atleast 10 yrs and have never known Gail to be anything but wonderful husband, fantastic father, and a kind generous person. Please help support this cause. I love you Cogdill family

+ Read More
Jerry Thompson
52 months ago

Gail was my babysitter when we lived next door to his parents on 2nd Ave in Spokane. A great man and was always about family. I remember saturday football at Libby with Gail his brother, dad and uncles. He made me the "Coug" supporter I am today. Every manneds to see his daughter down the isle. Please support this effort

+ Read More
Karen Kirshner
52 months ago

Gail is a wnderful person and deserves the very best. Let's all help by praying and donating for his medical sitution. Former classmate, Karen(Skinner)...

+ Read More
Austin Cogdill
52 months ago

I love you Daddy. You'll always be my hero and I'm here to fight for you. xoxox

+ Read More
Barry Helfand
52 months ago

A great cause, and the right thing to do.

+ Read More
Don Margolis
52 months ago

The Repair Stem Cell Institute supports The Cogdills in this endeavor since he is a perfect candidate for heart stem cells who is still in good shape for age 75. Gail Cogdill is the only Detroit Lion to win the Rookie of the Year award, and one of very few receivers to ever do so. Since the 1950s, he has been a good neighbor, an active supporter of retired players rights. It seems like everyone who knows him likes him! When you get a minute, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABnhWWHydwc

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