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Cole Padgham has Cerebral Palsy. We are raising money to help him get stem cell therapy treatment in China. Please show your support!

Cole is like any other super smart 10- year old kid. He is in the Advanced Learning Program at his school, enjoys game shows, any kind of trivia (probably cause he usually knows all the answers) and playing Wii.

However, because Cole has Spastic Quadriplegia (the most severe form of cerebral palsy) he has missed out on the typical childhood experience. He has never been able to crawl, roll on his back, throw or catch a ball, hold a utensil… or feed himself. Although he loves the Wii, he often ends up watching others play because he is so limited when using the remote. He must use a power chair for mobility and a walker that fully supports him for exercise.

Despite receiving physical and occupational therapy all his life, Cole still needs a lot of assistance on a daily basis. His parents have tried everything to give Cole a chance at living a more independent life, exploring experimental therapies and studies around the United States.

His family recently spoke to several families that underwent stem cell therapy at a research facility in China. Many patients of the TEDA International Hospital have been able to walk for the first time, feed themselves, become seizure-free… doctors have even been able to restore vision to patients that were blind!

See for yourself and check out the success stories from previous patients (on the right side of the page):

However, this treatment is extremely expensive. The cost for program treatment and hospital stay alone is nearly $40,000 (doesn’t include travel expenses)… but the opportunity for Cole to gain any range of motion that would allow him to feed himself, sit, stand or crawl would be PRICELESS!

Please help us make this dream a reality for Cole and his family! Not only will your donation benefit Cole, it will help change the lives of so many other children with cerebral palsy, as researchers make new discoveries with each unique case.
Please understand that this is not a tax-deductible donation… but in return, you will receive the satisfaction of knowing that you have changed a child’s life and helped build a future… and you can’t put a price on that!

We will be raising funds until June 10, 2012. Any amount will help our cause… Cole’s family appreciates any support you can give.

Ultimately, Cole and his family want to share their story and inspire others in challenging situations to never give up. They hope that successful treatment will restore hope to all those who have lost faith… and remind the world that DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, please visit Cole’s page on coleswalkofhope.

Through GiveForward, you can donate via Paypal or Credit Card. You can also donate via check… please message Nick Beecroft (group admin) for details.

Lastly, please help us by sharing Cole’s story with your friends and family…We are all very grateful for any help you can provide!
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