Support Anderson Rolf

Support Anderson Rolf

On December 15, 2020, I took our 2-year-old son, Anderson, to the emergency room. As if 2020 could be any worse, right!? The night prior, my husband and I thought our toddler was just being goofy and making funny faces at the dinner table. In the morning, however, it was very apparent he wasn’t messing around.

The right side of his face just drooped and no longer moved along with the left side. I took him to the emergency room knowing it was Bell’s Palsy but also really praying I was right and it wasn’t a stroke. It was indeed Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve (the 7th cranial nerve) and can strike anyone at any age.

The ER doctors said that while they didn’t know what caused Anderson to experience Bell’s Palsy, it would most likely go away as quickly as it came on, usually in just a couple weeks to a few months. They also figured with him being so young that it would quickly go away. Well, it didn’t. We even noticed things like his right ear being overly sensitive to loud noises, he was experiencing pain in his face and his eyelid didn’t close fully.

Over an entire year full of doctor’s appointments, chiropractor appointments, blood draws and trying many home remedies to help his little face heal. He has definitely made improvements but the progress stalled out around 60%. We miss his beautiful full smile and his ability to talk so well with adult-like enunciation. He’s still so handsome, so smart and oh so sweet! We love him to pieces no matter what! But we would love for the chance for him to heal completely and show us that amazing, full smile again.

We have recently discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and learned that it has been extremely successful in treating people who suffer from nerve damage such as Bell’s Palsy. Hyperbaric oxygen has the ability to create massive amounts of stem cells in the body. Studies show that the body produces 800% more stem cells after 40 treatments of HBOT. The body uses these stem cells as extra resources to heal and recover, since stem cells are able to grow up into any kind of cell the body needs. In the case of Bell’s Palsy there can be body tissues which need to be repaired even after toxins and pathogens have been removed from the body. The stem cells produced by HBOT are able to repair this damage. There is a facility right here in Northwest Ohio that we can go to called Sara’s Garden.

Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of Bell’s Palsy and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Anderson is only $150 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital).

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Anderson’s name and will be used for his treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Anderson’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write his name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

Thank you so much for considering to support Anderson’s treatments at Sara’s Garden!

Ashley & Ryan Rolf

Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.