Alex is our middle child who was struck with MS a little over a year ago. He was in his second year of college at the University of Washington, playing guitar in a Seattle band (Inamorata), he met a great girl (Suzanne) - well, basically he was on top of the world.
One morning he woke up unable to feel his right leg and was diagnosed within three days with aggressive MS. This was October 29th of 2011. By January of 2012 Alex was hospitalized with encephalitis caused by MS lesions on his brain. At that time Alex lost his vision, short term memory, ability to walk without assistance & was in terrible pain.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
How you can help
After a year of chemo and daily injections of Copaxone plus the incredible medical care at Swedish hospital in Seattle - Alex is ready to go back to school.
The cost of care for MS is very expensive. Alex's (1) medicine (without insurance) is $5000 per month, MRIs are $1,200 - $1,700 each - in 2011 he had monthly MRIs, now he is getting them every three months. We were able to get some costs covered by purchasing high risk insurance but there are large monthly premiums and deductibles.
The only thing he's asked for is to go back to school at UW. It breaks our hearts that we can't afford to do this for him. We will continue to apply for any student aid and scholarships. So far, Alex may qualify for a $1000 - $3000 / a year scholarship from the MS Society. This will cover a little bit and we are grateful but, we still could use your help.