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I am raising money to offset the $20K cost to participate in a Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study [SCOTS]

I have been approved to participate in a stem-cell clinical trial that I hope will both improve my vision and provide important data for using stem cells to treat eye disease. As a clinical trial, this procedure is not covered by insurance.  If you are interested in helping with this ground breaking stem-cell research I encourage you to watch the following video and make a donation  towards this cause (Note that stem cells will be removed from my own body).

I was seven years old when I first noticed the pain and redness in my left eye. Initially it was thought that I had pink eye, however ultimately doctors identified my condition as uveitis/pars planitis. In an attempt to slow down my aggressive inflammatory condition I had multiple injections to the back of the eye and cryogenic surgery. In my early teens the condition appeared in my right eye (at that point I was virtually completely blind in my left eye), it was at this point that doctors decided to remove my vitreious fluid (pars plana vitrectomy) and my lens (lensectomy) as I had a cataract in my left eye resulting from the trauma of the disease.  While this surgery was successful and did restore some vision to my left eye, the vision in my right eye continued to rapidly deteriorate throughout my teenage years.  By my early twenties, doctors decided to perform these surgeries on my right eye to clear out some of the inflammatory material and remove the trauma cataract in my right eye.  These surgeries improved my vision to about the point I am at today with corrected acuity of 20/200 in my right eye and 20/400 vision in my left eye. Because of my inflammatory condition I was not a candidate for a lens transplant or implant to restore my lens functionality, thus I am aphakic (without lens) in both eyes and require Rigid Gas Permeable [RGP] lens to see on a daily basis and high powered reading glasses in order to view computers and read. The worst part of inflammatory disease is that it apparently has a genetic component as my oldest daughter is both uveitic and has glaucoma. Hopefully results from this clinical trial will be both positive and provide significant data for the benefit of future patients like myself.

For additional information about this clinical trial please go to and search by Identifier NCT01920867.

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