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This fundraiser ended on 09/30/11

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Your donation can help make it possible for Cole Riggs to receive a life changing cord blood infusion.

Cole Riggs was born with damage to approximately one third of his brain, which doctors have not been able to attribute to any definite cause. Since he was born Cole has undergone multiple MRI's, CT scans, EEG's, and countless doctors’ appointments.

Cole's brain injury has led to the diagnosis of cerebral palsy, CVI (cortical vision impairment), and severe developmental delays. Most recently (May 9th 2011) Cole underwent surgery at Duke University to correct the strabismus in his right eye. Cole receives weekly physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapy.

Day to day life can be difficult for Cole, for instance because of his developmental delays he has not learned how to communicate verbally which often results in hours of screaming and has led to hospitalization twice in the last year. Although he still cannot do most of the things other kids his age can (sit by himself, crawl, walk, talk, etc.), he is developing into his own unique and incredible person. Cole loves to swim, he has an infectious laugh, and recently became a big brother to his baby sister Lillian (whom he has become very curious about!).

Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg at Duke University Medical Center is currently leading an FDA approved clinical trial that is seeking to evaluate whether, in children with cerebral palsy, a single intravenous infusion of a child’s own umbilical cord stem cells will cure or lessen the severity of their condition. So far there have already many exciting success stories in children that have received this treatment. Although after medical review Cole did not meet the criteria to be a part of the clinical trial, he is eligible to receive an off-study infusion and we are so excited for this opportunity!

All the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards paying for Cole to receive this stem cell infusion, and the related medical expenses. We are moving forward with plans to bring Cole to Duke for his infusion the first week of September.

There is more than one way for you to help us meet our goal:

1) Donate! Even the smallest donation brings us closer to reaching our goal.

2) Spread the word. Email, social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and just telling people – the more people that hear about Cole, the more people that will have the opportunity to help change his life for the better.

3) Prayers. The last 3 years have been full of challenges for Cole and our family, and we know that there is still a long journey ahead of us. We appreciate your support in every way.

If you would like to donate to Cole directly, you can send a check to the following address – it will be deposited directly into a bank account designated solely for Cole.

Cole Riggs
6611 Running Fox Drive
Hope Mills, NC 28348

When I look into my son’s eyes I see a little boy just like any other, curious and full of adventure, wanting to discover the world. I want to give him opportunity to do just that. Thank you for helping to make that possible.

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