Sandra Lease (or Sandi), a resident of Hyndman, PA and loving wife, mother and grandmother, has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the nervous system and often leads to paralysis and loss of vision. Over the years, Sandi’s battle has included numerous conventional medications to try and halt the progression of her disease. Unfortunately, she has not responded well to these treatments, and has lost hope for her future. After consulting with her physician and researching treatments for MS, Sandi learned of a promising therapy known as HSCT or a non-embryonic stem cell transplant. She feels that this treatment is her best hope for a return to good health, but unfortunately it is very expensive as her health insurance does not cover the cost of treatment or related expenses. Sandi desperately needs your help to afford stem cell therapy, and deserves the chance to halt her MS and a chance at a better life!
Sandi attended Allegany High School and was active on her Drill Team, The Arrowettes. You may know Sandi from her working years at LaVale Swim Club, or when she worked at PoFolks Restaurant (where she met her husband Tim). She also worked at Bob Evans Restaurant, County Market Deli, Cumberland Times News Classifieds, and later taught Sunday School at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Sandi is a past Girl Scout Leader, Cresaptown Pee Wee Football Team and Cheerleading Team Mom and has volunteered at a number of charity events such as The American Cancer Society Relay for Life and The Hyndman Volkswagen Show. As you can see, Sandi’s had a full and active life, but her MS has slowed her down significantly. She wants nothing more than to start living life again and to spend time with her loving and supportive family!
July 10, 2017
Hey folks, just a minor update today, heading out for an afternoon swim. Sandi has been still plonking along, we are in the home stretch of taking the supplements for a whole calendar year, which means it’s been a year since her procedure at StemGenex. She’s trying to maintain her strength, but it’s very difficult. She was much stronger when we came home last year at this time, which is very frustrating for both of us. Prayers and thoughts, good vibes, whatever you can send, please feel free. We’re still paying off the supplement bills, which have snowballed at $500 per month to quite a substantial amount on the old credit card. ~ We appreciate all those that have helped her along her journey and continue to help us yet..We’re Still trying to keep up the good work… Tim and Sandi Lease.
April 3, 2017
Well, here we are a few days into April 2017 ! Can you believe it’s been almost 9 months since Sandi had her stem cell procedure? So We are still plodding along, trying to get to swim therapy a few times a week. Using the parallel bars daily and hoping to see some more progress soon. January was a rough month for both of us, but we are feeling much better. It seems the older you get, the harder it is to get over a bad case of bronchitis. She is still taking the supplements daily that were recommended by StemGenex, that is our biggest expense now. The cost for these are $500 per month (no insurance pharmacy plan for these), so they are out of pocket. We have 3 more months to pay for them. I hope and pray that we can get some more progress out of her weak leg. She sure seemed a lot stronger on our flight home last July, now we are just trying to keep up strength. In the recent months we have had some amazing local donations from our churches, and are very very grateful. I just wanted to say thank you for those that have contributed over the past year to help us try to gain some strength. ~ Tim and Sandi
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July 29, 2016
~ I believe you will achieve your goal, Sandi and God bless you and that WONDERFUL husband of yours ~
May 17, 2016
Wishing you get well soon, back to your normal life because I know you can do it, God will help you all the way!
Chelin (Panama, Central America) AFS Student
May 16, 2016
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 7, 2016
Sandi, we are thinking of you and sending you lots of love and support!!
-Beth, Kate, Sara, & Dave