Bryce Stoltenberg and his wife Lisa have been married for 18 years this May. We are the parents of 2 boys Cole and Elliot.
Bryce was diagnosed with a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when he was 37 years old. His MS is a neurological disease that affects his motor skills, the amount of sleep he requires and pretty much every aspect of his life.
Before his MS diagnosis, Bryce enjoyed riding motorcycle, going to the lake, water skiing, going for walks, gardening, and DIY home projects. He volunteered coaching his boy's soccer teams, Little League baseball teams, basketball teams and helping with whatever sports they were involved in. After his diagnosis, he continued to serve as a Sheriff Reserve Officer, was on the Community Education Advisory Board and served on the Youth Committee at his church. He was a volunteer Firefigher for 20 years, the last couple of which he had been diagnosed with MS, while maintaining a full time job.
Bryce's ability to walk has diminished to the point of needing a walker or "wall walking", holding on to stable objects, to get around the house. His "walking" consists of mostly shuffling or dragging his feet. The walker he uses in the house is also a wheelchair which he utilizes when we go out in public. For example , he used to like to go grocery shopping, however now when he does get out of the house and go with his wife, he waits in the vehicle while she does the shopping.
During his ongoing progression of the disease, we have spent countless hours and thousands of our dollars trying to find a solution because the traditional medical system has nothing to offer for this form of MS.
Over the past approximately 20 years Stem Cell treatments have been used for more and more chronic illnesses of which MS is one. During the past few years we have seen the costs of and types of stem cell treatments become a more viable option, however they are still not being offered in our area nor are they covered by insurance. The type of stem cell treatment that he is looking to do uses Autologous Cells, meaning they are from your own body.
Bryce will have to fly to the doctor that will be performing the Adipose Derived Stem Cell (ADSC) Treatment in the United States. He will be completing a treatment plan for the next 2 years, having a treatment every 3 months. The doctor that he will be going to has over a 70% improvement rate in his MS patients. Bryce's quality of life improvements are our goal with this treatment plan. He will have his Stem Cells harvested at the first treatment and bio-bank some of them so it will be an easier process for on-going treatments. The hope is that he will only have to fly to his fist two treatments on the west coast and then if everything is going well, the doctor will be able to work with another doctor closer to home so we can drive to them. For all of his treatments and expenses that go along with the plan, the cost is approximately $54,000. He has already received the gracious gift of air travel to his first treatment. We would appreciate anything you can do to help monetarily and also by passing the word along to others who may want to help. Thank you very much!!
Bryce and his family