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Family and friends of Dave Isbrandt are raising money to help offset medical expenses associated with his long illness. Dave suffers from Charcot Marie Tooth disorder, a genetic disorder that causes loss of sensation in limbs starting with the feet and moving up the legs. The disorder also causes hand and arm weakness which makes using a manual wheelchair difficult or impossible.

Dave has surgery in Philadelphia scheduled to repair his right foot and ankle. He will have extensive transportation costs for himself and a caregiver to escort him. Dave’s physicians have recommended a power wheelchair for Dave to make his day-to-day life easier. His power wheelchair will enable him to elevate his legs as ordered to prevent further disability. Additionally, he needs a ramp installed at his home so he can safely enter and exit.

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September 15, 2017

Dave is ecstatic! He met his personal goal which was to return to work at Canisius High School. That would not have happened without your support on all levels.
He returned to work on the first school day in his wheelchair. He is yet to have the use of a prosthesis due to slow healing, but he is optimistic that will happen soon.
You can see from the attached photo taken at the end of August that Dave looks better than ever.
You are all remembered in daily prayer with profound and everlasting gratitude.

August 15, 2017

August 11, 2017. Dave has made slow progress towards walking. However, he is getting stronger with Physical Therapy and plans to return to Canisius in time for the beginning of the 2017-’18 school year. Every prayer and positive wish has helped his healing which is truly a miracle after many unexpected serious complications that would have leveled a lesser man. He looks forward to seeing everyone.

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February 1, 2017

No words can express how much Mr Isbrandt meant to me at my time at CHS. If it wasn't for him I don't know if I would have made it through all four years!! You are in my family's thoughts and prayers!!

Sean Gregory

November 14, 2016

There is nobody on the planet more selfless than David Lee Isbrandt. Since the beginning of our friendship in 1986 I have never met a more loyal and giving friend. Now it's our turn as friends and family to give back to this great man so he can overcome this extremely difficult life challenge. Together let's help Dave win this fight!

Joe Ingrando

November 9, 2016

A truly stand-up individual and the epitome of a man for others. It was a privilege having him as my guidance counselor. He has and will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of many.


October 31, 2016

I have had the privilege of being Dave's colleague at Canisius for the past 18 years. Dave, you are a true and loyal friend, and a very special man to many! Your compassion and generosity know no boundaries. You truly live out St. Ignatius' call to "give and not to count the cost ". You have a heart of gold! May God bless you in your journey. May He reward you with restored health for being the wonderful, loving person that you are, for "with God, all things are possible" (Mark 10:27). ❤️ Martha

Martha Di Loreto