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Hunt for a Cure Fund. Jeff Pechous' journey to recovery of scleroderma through stem-cell transplant. Proceeds will go to medical costs.

My big brother Jeff Pechous (Feffy) was diagnosed with scleroderma in the summer of 2011.

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

It's also hard to pronounce.

There is no direct cure for scleroderma and the standard medication is not working; however, with the growing education and research on this disease, there is direct hope. Jeff has been approved for a stem-cell transplant on October 16, 2012.

The stem-cell transplant is our only option.

The stem-cell transplant itself will take anywhere from six to eight weeks, with another six - 12 months for rehabilitation. We are so lucky to be in good hands with Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.

We need your help. Due to the complexity of the stem-cell transplant and because it is four hours from Jeff's home...(he'll be in Chicago for three months) we are asking, if you are able, to donate any amount you're comfortable with to aid in the financial aspect of this journey upon which we are about to embark.

Proceeds will go to medical and other associated costs for this procedure.

For those of you that know Jeff, you know that he is a teddy bear dressed always in camouflage. He is a passionate and avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman... but his real talents come in outshining his three brothers and two sisters when it comes to Christmas gifts for his three nieces and six nephews. If you haven't had his homemade beef jerky, let me know... I'll be sure to get you some. It's out of this world.

We appreciate you and we appreciate your support no matter how big or how small. It will help. We can't do this alone and we are so very thankful for the opportunity to move forward and get Feffy back out there in the outdoors.
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