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In April of 2013 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 23 after an onset of vision, balance, and coordination issues. MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system and can lead to paralysis, cognitive issues, and vision problems. It is a disease with no known cure, only medications to slow the inevitable progression. It robs people of the peace of mind about a future free of disability. It was a devastating diagnosis – but I was determined to become as knowledgeable as possible about my options.

That is when I came across studies for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT). During HSCT the patient’s own stem cells are harvested, and then high dose chemotherapy is initiated. The patient is then given back their stem cells to reset the immune system – an immune system that will no longer mistake healthy nervous system tissue as a threat (think rebooting the hard drive on your computer). The desired outcome is that the disease remains in remission indefinitely, effectively “curing” the patient of the disease.

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July 24, 2015

What Troy has been up to in 2015:

November 25, 2014

Wonderful local article about Troy and the Jan. 9 Fundraiser!

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February 4, 2015

Troy, we've never met but know you are very important to our granddughter Cilla and Ethan so sending you our best wishes for good health and a successful outcome.

Jan/Jim Roberts

January 12, 2015

Best of luck to you Troy ~ you will be in our prayers

Matthew & Jenifer Ruggiero

January 12, 2015

We'll be thinking of you & Wishing for the best outcome!

Amy, Rachel & Jillian McAllister

January 10, 2015

best of luck with the treatments. God Bless You!

Jack F