Support John Palmer

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As most of you know, I’m a Marine Corps Veteran, 28 year member of the Toledo Police Department and a high school baseball coach. Over the past three years, I’ve had three ischemic strokes.

The most recent one occurred in March of 2019. This one was, by far, the worst. I wound up having a stent put in my basilar artery in my brain. When I woke from that surgery, I had lost use of my right arm and leg. It also affected my voice and swallowing. I spent over a month in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. There I had physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy every day. Once I was released from rehab, I stayed with my parents so that I could use their pool every day. I also did six months of outpatient physical therapy. All of this therapy was a big help in the healing process.

I’m now one year out from the last stroke and have made excellent progress. However, I still have some big deficits. My ability to walk unassisted and the use of my right arm is still less than I’d like. My balance is still poor and my speech is still weak.

In researching additional treatment options, I discovered a facility that does stem cell treatments for clients who have suffered strokes. It is very encouraging to read about the success clients have had from this procedure so I have made plans to move forward with it. In talking with the stem cell clinic, it is highly recommended that clients receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) before and after the stem cell procedure to improve the efficacy of the treatments. The hope is that the combination of the two therapies together will further help the healing process and improve my quality of life.

It was further encouraging to learn that HBOT is also very beneficial for people who suffer from strokes. In many cases, HBOT has improved the client’s fine and gross motor skills, speech, thinking (cognition), memory, physical healing, etc. We learned that there is a non-profit facility right here in Northwest Ohio that we can go to called Sara’s Garden that specializes in working with clients with traumatic brain injuries such as a stroke.

Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize stem cell treatments or HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of stroke and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. My stem cell treatments are paid for. Now I am working on the cost of the hyperbaric treatments. HBOT for stroke is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden. However, since my plan is to receive between 30-40 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 online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below. Asking for help in this way this makes me very uncomfortable as it’s not my way of doing things, but if it can improve my quality of life its worth asking for help.

My goal here is simple… I’d like to improve to the point where I can take my dogs for a walk with my wife without using assistive devices. I’d also like to be able to walk onto the baseball field when coaching my players and not be off-balance.

Thank you so much for considering to support my treatments at Sara’s Garden.

John Palmer

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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