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Rich Lewis is a 46-year-old man who has been suffering from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for almost 20 years. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the nervous system and often leads to paralysis and loss of vision. Unfortunately for Rich, the disease is progressing and he is having a difficult time. Rich has been researching treatments for MS, and that’s where he has learned of a promising stem cell therapy transplant. Rich feels that this treatment is his best hope for a return to good health, but unfortunately, it is very expensive as his health insurance does not cover the cost of treatment or related expenses.

Rich grew up in Newaygo County and graduated from White Cloud High School. Immediately afterward he joined the Navy and spent 6 years as a Data Systems Technician and saw the world. He was transplanted to Charleston, SC by the Navy, and found his wife Melissa down there. Shortly after marrying, the two moved north back to Rich’s home state of Michigan. Unfortunately, it was not long after that that his first symptoms appeared. He has been on a slow decline ever since. Rich is active in his local American Legion and he goes to Victory Fellowship Church in Newaygo.

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December 30, 2016

Ok, since the procedure is scheduled for Jan 11th, please don’t send any checks. I still have a ways to go financially though.

December 30, 2016

Everybody please read*** I do not need any more donations at this time** My treatment is scheduled for Jan 11th and I will update you all afterwards. Thank you sooo much for all of your support!!

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January 21, 2017

Hi Rich. I don't know that we've ever met, but we are cousins, and family is very important to me. I pray that you will get that stem cell treatment and return to good health. Merry Christmas to you and the family.

Janice (Wells) Benggio

November 14, 2016

Richard, you know I love and pray for you. Believing that the finances will pour in for you.A miracle would be great.

Aunt Becky Jelle

November 9, 2016

Dear Richard, We hope donations grow immensely for your stem cell transplant. We love you & pray all will go great for you.

Aunt Lou & Uncle Winston

October 28, 2016

God bless you and your family, Mr. Lewis. May the fundraising be speedy, and may you receive the best treatment and make a swift and complete recovery so you may enjoy a healthier lifestyle for many years at the side of your loving family. Nicole is my friend, and you are all in my prayers. Blessed be!

Karen T.