Todd and Melody McGaughey have been happily married for more than 18 years. They are proud parents of two precious girls. As a physical education teacher, Todd is very active and enjoys playing sports, riding his bike, and playing outside with his girls. However, his recent declining mobility has hindered him from maintaining his once active lifestyle.
In 2005, Todd was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), a chronic, disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts nerves from sending and receiving signals to each other very well. Following his diagnosis, Todd’s health has gradually declined. He suffers from drop foot and walks with the aid of a cane and an electrical muscle stimulation device. His declining mobility causes him to fall numerous times which have resulted in broken teeth, concussions, and a broken shoulder.
Todd and Melody have spent countless hours undergoing alternative treatments and therapies in an attempt to slow the progression of his debilitating disease, but the disease continues to progress. Despite his physical limitations and chronic pain, he has kept an upbeat attitude. Though he stepped down as PE teacher, he returned to school so he could continue teaching as an ESL teacher. He always has a smile and humorous anecdote to share. “I am grateful for each day I get to spend with my family, friends, students, and co-workers,” Todd said.
The only treatment shown to be effective at halting the progression of MS is hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). The treatment uses high doses of chemotherapy to wipe out the immune system, and then the patient’s own bone marrow stem cells are transplanted back in the body to help rebuild an immune system. While the procedure can be life changing, HSCT is not covered by insurance and the costs of the procedure and follow-up care is around $65,000.
Todd plans to travel to Clinica Ruiz in Monterrey, Mexico to undergo the HSCT treatment. To offset the cost of the treatment and follow-up care, he hopes to raise $20,000 through RedBasket. Support Todd in his effort to receive this lifesaving treatment! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and sharing his story today.