Nashville, TN -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/29/2014 -- Once upon a time Lance Cary was living the American dream. He had a good job, lived in a nice home with his wife and children and saw nothing but a bright future in front of him. Then an unexpected nightmare completely changed his storybook life; multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis or MS, according to the National MS Society is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Lance knows all about this now. That's because his legs, arms, hands and wrists are weaker, his short-term memory is diminished and he is seldom able to get a proper night's sleep because of chronic insomnia. If that's not enough to keep him down, he deals with relentless fatigue and a number of other symptoms.
Roughly a year after he was diagnosed with MS, they lost their home as he had to file for Social Security disability benefits. Unable to work and existing on a dramatically reduced income, he and his family didn't know what to do.
About Lance Cary
Lance started fighting MS from every angle; he started taking a battery of daily medications and supplements, eating the healthiest foods he could along with exercise to keep him strong. Like most people, he sought the very best medical treatment available but was constantly researching emerging treatments that might just offer greater results. This led to his discovery of Dr. Saud Sadiq, a neurologist and the head of the Multiple Sclerosis Research and Treatment Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. He is conducting the first FDA-approved stem cell trial in the United States. And Dr. Sadiq's work could quite possibly give Lance, and countless others, their lives back. While Dr. Sadiq's current study only involves patients dealing with the primary progressive form of the disease, the results could one day benefit patients with all forms of MS.
Most of the MS drugs currently on the market are designed to slow the progression of this devastating disease. Drugs on the market today do very little, if anything, to repair the damage already done by MS or restore normal bodily function. The modality he is pursuing is the first of its kind; harvesting stem cells from the patient's own bone marrow which are then injected into the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord. This is groundbreaking research that could lead to one of the first MS treatments that actually repairs damage. If successful, it would be the silver bullet for MS everyone has been looking for.
Lance is seeking crowdfunding for two very important purposes: 50% of the net proceeds of his crowdfunding project will be donated to the Tisch MS Research Center of New York where Dr. Sadiq does his research. The other 50% will help Lance purchase a home free-and-clear of a mortgage so his family of six has sufficient living space without the financial pressure of making a monthly mortgage payment. This will free up the essential money Lance needs to pay for medical bills, prescriptions, health insurance and the everyday costs of raising a family.
In the interest of transparency, Lance is perfectly willing to make his medical records available for anyone's inspection prior to donating any funds. Backers to this crowdfunding campaign can take pride in knowing that they are not only helping a family facing many challenges ahead, they can contribute to cutting-edge research that may lead to a potential cure for a disease that has ruined hundreds of thousands of lives.
The Stem Cell Research for MS GoFundMe Page is: http://bit.ly/1vcoSkn