Support Jenny Koppenhofer

 In Family Sponsorship

In 1987, I had just graduated from cosmetology school and started my new career as a stylist at Regis Hair Salon in Defiance. After only a few months, I became unstable, and my balance and memory began to fail me. Within a couple of weeks and several doctor visits I ended up at University Hospital in Indianapolis. Things continued to get progressively worse. After 4 weeks, and countless tests, I was sent home with no diagnosis.

I was confined to my bed, only being able to move one arm and my head. I couldn’t even feed myself. I spent two months at St. Francis Rehab Hospital in Greensprings, Ohio and regained the ability to walk very slowly with a walker. The disease, which also caused me to lose my hearing and impaired my eyesight, was ultimately diagnosed as Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). ADEM is a rare inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. As it involves autoimmune demyelination, ADEM is similar to Multiple Sclerosis, and is considered one of its borderline diseases.

Since that time, I have taken physical therapy, equestrian therapy and used my own cross trainer. However, despite all of my efforts, my physical abilities have declined. I live with my parents and have been on disability for many years. I walk with a walker, but it is very slow and when we go away from home I have to use a wheelchair.

My family began doing research on additional treatment options for me and discovered a treatment called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT has been shown to reduce symptoms and slow the progression of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. HBOT accelerates the formation of blood vessels and nerve endings, reduces inflammation and swelling, and increases the production of stem cells by eight fold. There is a non-profit facility right here in Northwest Ohio called Sara’s Garden that specializes in HBOT.

HBOT is used commonly for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis in other countries around the world. Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of MS and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for MS is only $110 per treatment at Sara’s Garden. However, since our plan is for me to receive an initial round of 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 $110 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 online via credit card by clicking on the link below.

Thank you so much for considering the support of my treatments!

Sincerely,

Jenny Koppenhofer

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.

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