Support Eric Vogelsong
My name is Eric Vogelsong and I was born on September 11, 1973. One month before my birth, my mom began having pain and noticed that her navel was pulled way in so she went to see the doctor. After examining her, the doctor reassured her that nothing was wrong. Unfortunately, the doctor was wrong as the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck and was choking me. In the end, I suffered a traumatic brain injury from the lack of oxygen and was ultimately diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Following my birth, I spent three days in Parkview Hospital’s critical care unit. Upon arrival I was in guarded care as I suffered multiple seizures. I didn’t cry or show normal activity levels as was expected. After two weeks in the critical care unit, I was stabilized as my seizures ceased and I was finally allowed to go home. A month later, I cried for the first time.
In 1978 my parents took me to the Children’s Hospital in Montana. They performed a scan and were able to find a spot on right side of my brain that had been injured. Amazingly, it was only the size of pencil eraser. For most of my young life I would scoot around on my butt to get where I needed to go. When I was seven years old, I stood up for the time by myself. I slowly wiggled and slid my foot sideways… then the other foot. I was finally walking! Praise God for another milestone.
I graduated from a local high school special needs program and now go to work as best I can. I participate in Special Olympics, love to swim and go fishing. I love to participate in sports and enjoy watching live events. I am now 46 years old and use a walker to get around. I can speak where people close to me can understand. I also communicate via sign language and a touch talker. I am a very out going, fun loving person. I now reside in Delta with the Sunshine Community.
Five years ago, my family was researching additional treatment options and discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). We’ve learned that HBOT had been successful in treating people who suffer from Cerebral Palsy. In many cases it improved the client’s fine and gross motor skills, speech, thinking (cognition), memory, physical healing, etc. We’ve learned that there was a facility in Northwest Ohio that we could go to called Sara’s Garden. I received treatments at Sara’s Garden and saw an improvement in my speech and motor skills. I decided to go back to Sara’s Garden this past November for more treatments. The staff at Sunshine has already noticed that I’m speaking with more clarity when I don’t try and speak too loudly. Staff have also stated that I have much less spasticity and my motor movements are smoother than they have been.
Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries or Cerebral Palsy and, therefore, will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Cerebral Palsy is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden. However, since our plan is for me to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments that cost adds up quickly.
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in my name and will be used for my 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 my name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write my name directly on the check. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.
I would appreciate your support in helping me to have a real chance at a better life. I want to be able to reach my fullest potential and continue to improve my speech, balance and motor skills so that I can continue to increase my independence.
Thank you for your assistance as you see fit.
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.