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This is the John Neeser Fighting Crohns Disease Fund. The funds will be used for John's medical costs and related expenses.

John’s Story
John is an amazing husband, brother, son and father to an 8 year old boy and a 7 year old girl, with such a zest for life!
In 2005 John was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and has been in and out of the hospital due to complications from this disease. This long fight for John’s health has taken a very significant toll on him and his family’s quality of life; due to the disease and the astronomical medical bills that continue to pile up. In addition to Crohns diagnosis in 2005, two years later he was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, which is an extremely rare form of cancer. Treatment and management of this cancer requires John to travel to Seattle, WA. He has had radiation and so far the cancer has stopped growing! Unfortunately because of his Crohns John has missed a lot of work in the past for being sick and was let go this past July. Luckily, John’s wife Andrea was hired full time at her work, which qualified John for benefits; however not 100% coverage.
For the last two years John seemed to be in remission from the Crohns and things were going great until this past December, which is when he received a spider bite on his foot. This caused a significant reaction to him, quickly developing a fever for several days, and after initial medication treatment, he then developed many open sores in his mouth, esophagus, and colon. The traditional route of medication to treat this “flair up” was taken with a drug called Remicade. In the past this medication treatment has been successful; however this time it didn’t seem to accomplish the necessary healing results John needed. After a week in the hospital, it was determined by the Dr. that the next step for John’s Crohns treatment is to have everything from his stomach to his rectum removed. This was an unacceptable diagnosis to John and his wife Andrea, so they started researching other methods of treatment. After researching, it was determined the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has 5 other treatments his current Dr. had not tried yet, and is unknowledgeable about. The Mayo Clinic is rated the #1 hospital in the country for gastroenterology and clinical trials. John and his wife were able to quickly get an appointment, due to the severity of his disease progression. John is scheduled to be at the Mayo Clinic on February 13, 2012. The family needs help to make this new hope happen!
The financial obstacles for John and his family have come to a serious point due to all the medical bills, and the loss of their necessary 2nd income. John has worked so hard and is so committed to raising his children, loving his wife, and participating in his community. He has never asked for any help throughout his struggle, yet now John and his family need this help so that the medical treatment can be acquired and his quality of life can return to some level of health and happiness.
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