The total sum that I am hoping to raise is $140,000. The total hospital cost for chemo and bone marrow transplant is $94,000. Airfare for Eric and I would cost an estimated $5,000, and hotel costs for a six week stay would cost an estimated $10,000-12,000. When I return from Israel, I hope to be able to obtain intensive physical therapy costing an estimated $5,000. I will also need to be able to maintain my blood tests and chemotherapy recovery follow up when I return, costing an unknown, but less than $3,000, amount. There will be a minimum of two MRIs involved and the total on these is likely close to $7,000.
The total at this point is in the neighborhood of $125,000. I am hoping to raise a total of $140,000 because all of my estimates are based on current rates and all things going exactly as planned. While the odds are in my favor, there is the possibility of my acquiring an infection while my immune system is depleted and needing additional care while in Israel. I would like to get there prepared for any event.
I have been approached by many who want to help, but don’t know how. I am glad to hear that because the truth is that I have no clue what I am doing on the fund raising end and I could use all the help I can get. I have spent so much time and energy researching the procedure, the hospitals, and the doctors that fundraising is the farthest thing from my mind, yet it is the most crucial at this point.
I am going to have to lean very heavily on my community to help me from this point on. If you have any thoughts on how to raise money, or skills that may help, please let me know. I honestly am flying blind from here on out. This ought to be real fun to watch.
(For the MS patients following along: You can receive the protocol I am seeking at Northwestern University in Chicago. If you can get in to this program, I hear that the cost totals range from $250,000-$350,000. Some insurance companies will cover half of the cost. I would say that it is worth looking into for a step one, if the price tag doesn’t make you flinch.)