Edmund Rader (67) is close with his sister, Cheryl, and lives next door to her in Austin, Texas. He is passionate about music, cars, and gardening. Actively involved in church, he has been a music director and organist. When there are local car shows, he likes to take his 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora. Unfortunately, he is unable to drive as much due to his declining health.
In December 2016, Edmund was asked to play the piano, but during the performance he was having difficulties keeping rhythm. Over the next year, he began having difficulties with other daily tasks like maintaining balance and walking. In September 2017, he went in for a doctor visit and underwent tests which revealed he had Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.
Edmund’s condition has completely stalled his life. He is no longer able to do many things he once enjoyed. Once independent, he is now reliant on others to help him get around. With his mobility declining, he often stumbles and must use a walker and cane. He tried many different treatment options, but none were successful. He recently discovered a new treatment at Stem Cell of America that has shown success in slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s.
Edmund was recently underwent the treatment procedure in Tijuana, Mexico, and is responding well. While the treatment can be life changing, it is also rather costly. He hopes to raise $20,000 through RedBasket.org to cover the cost of the treatment, travel expenses, and follow-up care expenses. “I won’t have to rely on friends and neighbors or a walker and cane to get around,” Edmund said. “I’ll be able to safely enjoy my flower gardens and play the piano again.” Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and help erase Edmund’s medical debt so he can fully focus on his recovery journey. Share his story today!