Most often I write about transplants that almost everyone has heard of like heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas. Today is different though. This is about how a new discovery that removes then replaces some of a patient’s adult stem cells back to the patient and stop, even reverse the effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Studies indicate this is an amazing breakthrough. The same procedure is being studied for use with other diseases as well.
This blog is about Emily Lori Cameron a cancer survivor who now has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which presents her with new challenges every day. Each day she asks herself, “Will I be able to speak clearly, will my thoughts be clear, will I be able to walk, use my hands or even know where I am and what I am doing?” Medicare has approved a new procedure for Lori but she must raise $42,000 to pay her share of the cost. More about that in a bit but first a little about MS.
Multiple Sclerosis is a terrible disease. In effect the immune system attacks the protective lining around nerves, shreds it and causes communication between brain, nerves and body to become tangled and ineffective. For example, the brain might send a message to the legs to begin walking but along the way the message gets garbled and what the legs receive is a command to relax so you fall down. Up until the last couple of years standard treatment which includes drugs and some physical therapy only delays the inevitable. It does not stop the progression of the disease so it certainly can’t reverse it.
Now there is a new procedure that uses one’s own adult stem cells to not only stop the disease in its tracks but to even reverse many of the existing symptoms. This new procedure is approved by Medicare and initial studies have indicated that it is very effective, some have even called it a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. I can’t tell you exactly how this works but apparently they will withdraw from Lori a certain amount of her adult stem cells and store them for a short while. Then she will undergo chemotherapy that will destroy the old immune system. When that is done the original adult stem cells withdrawn from Lori’s body will be injected into her again to create a new uncontaminated immune system. Initial studies indicate success rates in the high 90 percent range. Here’s a link to tell you more http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2009/01/burtms.html
So far the new treatment is approved for use in the early stages of MS so it is entirely possible that if Lori’s condition gets considerably worse, which is entirely possible, she could be removed from the approved list. Lori’s sister has already experienced the treatment and is doing wonderfully well. There is an urgency to Lori’s condition because we must, must, must raise the money as soon as possible so there is no chance she will be removed from the transplant list.
Just today I posted a new video on YouTube, it’s only 9 minutes long and effectively tells Lori’s story and why your donation is so critical and must be done so quickly. You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrBJoCdIKto. Or to be even faster you can just go directly to the highly respected National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) and donate directly. Lori has been approved by NTAF and is registered there www.ntafund.org/contribute/ Secure credit card: 800-642-8399. You can look her up under the name Emily Lori.
This is probably the most urgent appeal I have ever made. Lori is a nurse and a very compassionate human being. She has sacrificed a great deal in order to help others, never asking for anything for herself but now the situation is becoming desperate. We simply must raise $42,000. That’s a lot of money but when that’s all it takes to save a human life it should not be an insurmountable obstacle. Please dig deep…forsake the Latte for a few days, or a beer, or a pack of cigarettes or that sweater you really wnted and send the money to Lori instead. If we can do that Lori will have the financial support she needs very quickly. Can you stand by and watch someone die? I think not…send what you can 50 cents, a dollar, ten dollars…all of it will add up and we can save this precious human life.
Please view another of our recent videos, “Thank You From the Bottom of my Donor’s heart” on You
Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifyRsh4qKF4 This video was produced to promote organ donation so it is free and no permission is needed for it’s use.
Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. We would love to have you join our Facebook grou[, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.
Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.