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This fundraiser ended on 09/06/11

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The family and friends of James Schaupp are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against HIV. Please show your support.

In his short span of life James has touched many lives. From helping the homeless, the elderly, knitting caps and booties and making quilts for premature babies and donating them. Making blankets and quilts for the homeless children in eastern Nebraska.James has also made and sent quilts to many disaster areas. He will be 30 years old, and for 20 of those years he has done can food drives, charity work and has never asked for anything in return.

Then on May 26, 2011, life as he knew it changed. He became diagnosed with HIV, and was immediately placed on medication. Most people don't need medication for several years after diagnoses. However, his CD4 count was extremely low, and because of an allergy to sulphor based drugs, his medication is very expensive, and the out of pocket expenses are more than most young adults can handle.

Even though he is ill, he still working, and is still trying to be active in his role with the charities that he is involved in, again always thinking of others, when he should be concentrating on his own health. He is currently working with his insurance company to lessen the financial burden that is taking place.

For those that know James, they know that he is a kind, thoughtful person who has always put others first.

James is currently under the care of specialists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is receiving outstanding treatment there. He has qualified for drug assistance, but that is limited to certain medications. And this does not cover hospitalization.

Because HIV infection affects each person differently, its a lot of trial and error. Because it affects the immune system, a simple common cold can become pneumonia and thus become life threatening.

We are hoping that with this fundraiser, it will help James, get back on his feet financially, and will help make his life easier, from getting to and from the doctor which is 50 miles one way, to being able to afford basic essentials such as groceries and other items which most take for granted. It will also allow James to be able to have the medical attention that he needs and would allow him to make those long drives to the doctor, and to the pharmacy to get his medication.
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