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The family and friends of Craig Romkema are uniting to cover the costs of an adipose-based cell transfusion. Please show your support!

Craig's parents were told to accept their son's disability, put him in a special school and go have another baby. But Craig Romkema is an overcomer. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, he made countless trips through crawl boxes, over and under ladders, and inside barrels, until he learned to walk, read, and talk. With the help of patient facilitators, he learned to communicate the deep thoughts of his mind and heart. In every school he attended, Craig was a pioneer: the first with autism/mild cerebral palsy to attend his "regular" elementary school, the first in the summer swim program, the first to be included in junior high school classes, the first to graduate from his high school--with honors. After ten years of hard work, this spring he walked across the front of the auditorium to receive his B.A. in English Literature from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa.

Craig shares his journey in his book of poetry, "Embracing the Sky," available on and

Now Craig wants to move into the world of work and independent living. His family has learned about a cooperative of parents and adults with autism and cerebral palsy who are joining together to access affordable and safe adipose-based stem cell transfusions. Craig would like to give his own cells the possibility of healing injured areas of his brain and body.

So, while he is eating, to put on 10 to 15 pounds, we are passing on this information to raise his necessary funds. Craig's target is the end of February.

Please support this young man's bid for a richer, more fulfilling life!
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