HSCT Stem Cell Transplant for M.S.

Marc Coppins - Chicago

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We were both embarrassed to have to ask for help, but as a friend reminded me recently “Get over yourself! No one will help unless you ask for it.” So, I’m putting my pride aside and asking for your help. Whatever you can do would be greatly appreciated.

Out of pocket expenses have been estimated at around $15,000. No, that's not a typo...there are 3 zeros. That includes insurance co-pays, travel expenses, lodging, and food. Thank God the insurance was approved! Normally just the treatment costs approximately $200,000! Expenses will be ongoing from April 2011 through May 2016, so if you can’t do something now, maybe you can later. Anything you can contribute toward it would be much appreciated.

There are several ways to help:

  1. Send check or money order PAYABLE TO:
    DONATIONS FOR G. MARC COPPINS

    10152 S. Bird Rd.
    Dowling, MI 49050-8785
    If you have questions or would like to get bank info to send donations directly to the bank, please contact Barb.
  2. Use the PayPal button below to “Make a Donation” by using your PayPal account. If you don't have a PayPal account and don't want to establish one, see item # 3 below for how to pay with a bank account, credit or debit card.
  3. Use this button to donate:
  4. Donate by using your credit card, debit card or bank account by going to PayPal and click on Send Money in the menu . You do not need to sign up for PayPal to make a donation. Watch the video for instructions. If you have any problems, please contact Barb.
  5. Buy PartyLite® Candles and light one to show your support for Marc. 50% of the order will be placed in the Marc Coppins Stem Cell Fund.
  6. Share this information with your friends and ask them to add us to their prayer list.
  7. Share this information with others you know that have M.S. so others may benefit from this procedure in the future.
  8. If you have ideas for possible fund raising, please contact Barb.
  9. Thank you very much for anything you can do to help and may God Bless you for it!

 

Buy Partylite Candles


Place a PartyLite® order with our friend Becky Baskerville, in Battle Creek, Michigan and 50% of your order will be added to the Marc Coppins Stem Cell Fund.  If you have questions, email Becky or contact her by phone, Facebook or twitter. The 50% fund is not available for on-line orders. If you have any questions, please contact Becky.

Becky Baskerville
19488 Jessup Road
Battle Creek, MI 49014
269-963-2747 home office
269-268-1309 cell phone


Friend Becky on FACEBOOK and follow her on Twitter...@beckycandlelady.

Payment: You can pay for your order by cash, personal checks (must clear), and VISA, MC, & Discover credit/debit cards.  International orders will need to pay in US funds via  a funds transfer. Contact Becky for details.

Shipping: There must be an actual street address – no PO Boxes for UPS delivery. There are no shipping charges with the exception of 10% for AK, HI, PR, Guam, US VI, and APO/FPO locations.  International Shipping is available via a US based “customs house”. Contact Becky for details.

Sales Tax: – Everyone will need to pay sales tax according to their Local/State sales tax.

Processing Time: Your order will be processed upon receipt of funds and should be shipped to you within 2-3 weeks.

PartyLite® is the #1 direct seller of candles and home fragrance products IN THE WORLD!

If you'd rather place an online order, go to her PartyLite® website. A window will pop up asking for your "Host's" name. Put Marc Coppins to ensure the funds go to the right place. Online orders will not put 50% in the fund, but a smaller percentage will still go to the fund.

We appreciate your support very much! So, go on, light a candle to support Marc. Thank you!

What is a stem cell?

What is a stem cell?
A stem cell is essentially a “blank” cell, capable of becoming another more differentiated cell type in the body, such as a skin cell, a muscle cell or a nerve cell. Microscopic in size, stem cells are big news in medical circles because they can be used to replace or even heal damaged tissues and cells in the body. They can serve as a built-in repair system for the human body, replenishing other cells as long as a person is still alive.

Where do we get stem cells?

For this study's purposes, the stem cells are harvested from the patient's own bone marrow/blood. They do not use embryonic stem cells so they are NOT killing babies!

Watch Dr. Burt's short video for more info or check out the links & videos on our links page.

Benefits of Stem Cell Transplant...so far for Marc

Since Marc's Stem Cell Transplant on 5/17/11, he has seen tremendous improvement in his RRMS* symptoms. Here's a list of just a few:

1. He lost double vision that he had for 12 years!
2. He can drive again so has gained much of his independence back!
3. He has not used a cane at ALL since leaving the hospital.
4. He used to be numb from the knees down thru feet in both legs and now is gaining quite a bit of feeling back in them!
5. Used to have constant pins & needles in his back, like barbed wire being tightened around him, and that has been all but eliminated.
6. He hasn’t had hay fever (an unexpected side effect).
7. Driving to the M.S. Support Group on 09/26/11, Marc said, "I almost feel whole again...I don't have ANY numbness!"

8. Just recently, in April 2013, Marc's brain fog, which is a typical symptom of MS, has started to lift. It is only intermittent at this point, but at times he feels like he has much more clarity than before!

9. And the good news keeps on coming! In May 2013, we will return to Chicago for his 2 year follow up with Dr. Burt where he'll undergo the same extensive testing again to determine if he has improved on each function. Then, we will meet with the "blind" neurologist, Dr. Balabanov, who will evaluate his EDSS score. Last, we'll meet with Dr. Burt who will interpret all the results and he WILL tell us that Marc's MS still has not progressed...and hopefully he'll tell us that he has improved even further in some areas.

Please help us spread the word that there IS hope & help out there for people who have RRMS* as well as many other auto-immune diseases!


*RRMS - Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.

Benefit Concert for Marc Coppins - October 2, 2011

Marc CoppinsDATE: Sunday, October 2, 2011
TIME:
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Brickyard Pub
1299 East Columbia Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014

FOR:
Help pay for expenses related to Marc Coppins' Stem Cell Transplant/Chemotherapyfor Multiple Sclerosis

MC:
Bobby Guy from WIN 98.5 Radio
BANDS:

Bits 'n' Pieces - 70's & 80's Top 10 Rock

Trigger - Rockin' Country

Skeleton Krew - 80's & 90's Rock


Listen to our Radio Commercial on Win 98.5 Country!

Please RSVP to our Facebook Event so we can have an accurate headcount estimate.

Food & Drink Specials for the Concert:

$1.00 Hot Dogs (normally $1.99)
$6.00 Pitcher Beer (normally $7.50)

If you are unable to attend the benefit concert, there are several other ways you can help. Click on the Donate page for more info.

If you would like to donate a product or service to be raffled off during the concert, please contact Barb Coppins.

Thank you for everything! God is good and has and is continuing to bless!

Please support Marc Coppins

Marc Coppins Marc Coppins was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (M.S.) on April 1, 1999… 12 years ago. Being a big practical joker, April Fool's Day used to be one of his favorite days of the year. Over the years, Marc has tried almost every M.S. drug that is on the market, receiving benefit from some, but also having major side effects with most of them, which caused him to switch to another therapy.

Marc was accepted into an FDA approved study in Chicago in March, 2011, that will improve his quality of life anywhere from stopping the disease where it is so there will be no further deterioration all the way to total reversal of symptoms. We have prayed and done thorough research into the study and are now ready to proceed. Our journey began March 30, 2011.

His stem cell transplant was done on May 17, 2011 - which is called his stem cell birthday. He was discharged from Northwestern Memorial University Hospital/Prentice Women's Hospital on May 27, 2011 to come home for recovery.

 

If you would like to help, there are several ways for you to do so. Whatever you can do would be greatly appreciated. There should be something that everyone can do on the list below:

  1. PRAY FOR:
    1. Marc to be able to fully turn this over to God and let Him be in control.
    2. Marc as he undergoes this treatment, that he won’t have to experience any side effects or suffer any additional sickness throughout the process.
    3. The doctors and other medical providers that they will be filled with knowledge and led by God’s hand.
    4. Barb to experience God’s peace and strength in this stressful situation.
    5. God will provide for our financial needs to cover this treatment and all of the expenses of the 5 years of follow up.
  2. SEND US ENCOURAGING MESSAGES ON:
    1. Our Facebook Group
    2. Marc's Facebook Profile
    3. Barb's Facebook Profile
  3. SEND CARDS OR EMAILS OF SUPPORT TO:
    1. Marc Coppins
      775 Ingram Street
      Battle Creek, MI 49015-2013
    2. Email Marc or Barb
  4. MAKE A DONATION:
      1. Send check or money order PAYABLE TO:
        DONATIONS FOR G. MARC COPPINS

        775 Ingram St.
        Battle Creek, MI 49015
        We will be setting up another bank account specifically for donations. Until then, if you have questions or would like to get bank info to send donations directly to the bank, please contact Barb.

      2. Use the PayPal button below to “Make a Donation” by using your PayPal account. If you don't have a PayPal account and don't want to establish one, see item c. below for how to pay with a bank account, credit or debit card.
        Use this button to donate:
    1. Donate by using your credit card, debit card or bank account by going to PayPal and click on Send Money in the menu . You do not need to sign up for PayPal to make a donation. Watch the video for instructions. If you have any problems, please contact Barb.
    2. Expenses are still ongoing for doctors, P/T, labs, annual testing and doctor followups in Chicago through May 2016, each year the annual Chicago trip costs approximately $1,000. So, if you can’t do something now, maybe you can later. Anything you can contribute toward it would be appreciated.
  5. BUY PartyLite® CANDLES and light one to show your support for Marc. 50% of the order will be placed in the Marc Coppins Stem Cell Fund.
  6. SHARE this information with your friends and ask them to add us to their prayer list.
  7. SHARE this information with others you know that have M.S. so others may benefit from this procedure in the future.
  8. CONTACT BARB if you would like to help with a fund raising idea you've come up with.
  9. Thank you very much for anything you can do to help and may God Bless you for it!
  10. We began this journey on March 30, 2011 and returned home March 27, 2011. At that time, Marc had a very compromised immune system so he was to be isolated for 2-3 months. That means no visitors and no going out into public until his immune system has been built back up.

    For more specific information about the Stem Cell Study at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, by Dr. Richard Burt, please see our Videos & Links page. Read the "In Plain English" article if you don't want to read all the technical stuff.

    Periodic updates will be posted on the Facebook Group, so check back there for updates. Marc also has a blog on this website. To read his blog, go to the LogIn section on the top left column of this site and create an account. This will give you direct access to his blog. We do not use your info for anything else, but found problems with spam and robots if we didn't require a login.

    For more history on Marc and his struggles with Multiple Sclerosis, please read the article printed in the Battle Creek Enquirer in 2003.

    If you have Multiple Sclerosis and would like to connect with others who are in the same situation, please visit and LIKE our Battle Creek M.S. Support Group Page. There are many helpful links there.

    Disclaimer: The content of this website is a collaboration of information and opinions about multiple sclerosis and various treatments therapies that are available. We are not medical professionals and are not recommending or endorsing any treatment strategies. Those decisions should be discussed with your neurologist and your family support system. Everything on this site, including links and all content, is offered as informational only.

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