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Most of you know that my brother Dave Henkel has been battling a debilitating disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) for the last few years. It is a disease that has made it difficult or impossible to perform many daily tasks, left him unable to do many of the things he enjoys, and made him unable to work. He has been in and out of the hospital countless times, needs to go to Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee twice a week, and just finished his 142nd treatment for CIDP. None of the treatments have been able to cure him and at best, they have merely stopped him from becoming sicker. After many months of tests and evaluations, Dave has been approved for a stem cell transplant at Northwestern University. This is his best hope for a cure.

Through all of this, Dave has never given up. Dave has always been the friend you could call on any time and has always been willing to lend a hand. He is the most loving and caring person I know, and gives the best hugs. Now, he needs our help. This stem cell treatment is a process that will take several months and involve a great deal of travel back and forth from Wisconsin. Recovery will take at least two years, and with Dave’s other medical issues, may take longer.

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February 10, 2017

Hi Everyone! Happy Friday :) And a happy Friday indeed - I have an update on my brother Dave. Yesterday he was admitted to the hospital to begin his stem cell transplant. He'll have about 5 days of chemo, and then he gets his stem cells back. After that, we wait - he'll be in the hospital an additional 10 days or so while they keep an eye on him. It's been a long journey, particularly for Dave, but we're all so thankful the transplant is finally beginning.

Also, we wanted to thank all of you who donated to Dave's transplant fund - it's another reminder that we're not in this alone. Lastly, thanks to all for their love and positive thoughts through the past several years.

January 18, 2017

Dave's first day of chemo went well! The rest of the week is full of infusion treatments and then on Saturday he starts his shots to grow more of his stem cells....

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April 28, 2016

I am a friend of your brother Doug. Sending good healing thoughts and best wishes for relief from pain and a full recovery. jen

jen piliero

April 21, 2016

dave - Real sorry to hear about your condition. Keep up the faith! Jimmy V said " don't give up… Don't ever give up "
"The FIB " Jim Kondrad

jim Kondrad

April 14, 2016

Wishing you the best of luck, Dave --- continuing to send positive thoughts and prayers your way!!

Stefanie at Wheaton