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In 1991, Dion Shaw was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Because he was in his early 20s at the time of his diagnosis, he really doesn’t know what an adult life is like without battling MS. Over the years, his health has declined, including ongoing vision problems associated with optic neuritis, and doctors now say a stem cell transplant is essential to his survival. Dion will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant, meaning his own stem cells will be harvested, treated and returned to his body.
His life has been significantly affected by his illness, as he can no longer enjoy dancing or playing tennis, basketball, racquetball and softball—activities at which he used to excel. Dion can’t even mow his lawn or perform household chores without experiencing serious back issues.
Despite his health challenges, Dion has always remained positive about his future. Even after receiving his diagnosis, he was able to work full time and obtain his bachelor’s degree. Dion expects to finish his master’s degree in the fall of 2014, and he dreams teaching someday. He looks forward to resuming a normal life after receiving a transplant, and he would love to return to work and once again feel like a productive individual. He loves his teenage son very much, and more than anything, he wants to spend many more years watching him grow up. But right now, he needs your help.
The average autologous stem cell transplant costs approximately $365,000. Even with health insurance, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the procedure. He will need a follow-up care, medications and chemotherapy to ensure that his body accepts the new stem cells.
After suffering a couple falls at his job, he had to stop working in technology because of his declining health, adding to his financial strain. However, he continues to stay involved in the business world through his blog Homepreneurs.net, which is making positive strides for today’s workforce, as it encourages other entrepreneurial spirits like him to follow their dreams.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Dion. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Illinois Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Dion Shaw" on the memo line.
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