HSCT Stem Cell Transplant for M.S.

Marc Coppins - Chicago

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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.
    1. Our Facebook Group
    2. Marc's Facebook Profile
    3. Barb's Facebook Profile
    1. Marc Coppins
      775 Ingram Street
      Battle Creek, MI 49015-2013
    2. Email Marc or Barb
      1. Send check or money order PAYABLE TO:

        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!

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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