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This fundraiser ended on 10/15/12

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Rick Mauers family is helping to raise funds to help out to pay bills while rcovering after leg amputation

My name is Richard Mauer. I am a loving husband to wife Lori and have four beatuiful children ages 6-10 years old. I was born with Port Wine Stains over 60 percent of my body. This is a condition that can be lived with life long. As I have gotten older thouigh, more medical problems have arose. I am 38 years old and I am unable to work due to multiple medical conditions. After high school, I went through a two year drywall finishing aprenticship and later went on to work in the trade for 5 more years. After realizing that I did not want this as a career choice, I decided to follow in my fathers footsteps and become and Ironworker. In 1997, I started what went on to be a four year apprenticship evenually becomeing a journeyman Ironworker. I did have dreams of some day becoming a foreman and running my own jobs until I became sick. Three years ago I started experiencing extreme leg pain in both legs. Doctors here in my hometown of Kenosha Wi did not know what was wrong. I then went to Milwaukee medical clinics and again left with no answers. Last July 2011, I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN and was seen by a Dr Thom Rooke. Within 30 minutes I was diagnosed with KTWS(Klippel Trenaunay Weber Syndrome) It is the breakdown of the vascular system in my legs causing ulcerated sores, pain, and possible amputation of the lower legs. It is hard for me to walk let along just maintain a normal life. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are now talking amputation of my lower right leg for now with the left to follow. I just need help to pay bills while my wife is off of work helping me to recover.

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