Hi My name is Chris Kerins. I am 48 years old, married with 2 wonderful children. In 2008 I was sent to the Walton Centre in Liverpool for investigation tests due to random unexplained physical incidents.
Following these tests, on the day before my 40th birthday my world as I knew it was about to take a dramatic turn. The consultant sat me down and uttered the devastating words that I will never forget ''You have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis'' explaining that this is a debilitating neurological condition that would progressively get worse over time. He advised that I would probably be in a wheel chair within 5 years.
After being forced to be medically retired from the British Transport Police where I has served as a dog handler (a job I loved) I have now become a support volunteer with the MS society helping the newly diagnosed to come to terms with their condition.
I am currently in my 8th year of my MS journey, and still upright with the help of a walking stick and mobility scooter. My determination and positivity has took my past the original consultants prognosis of being in a wheel chair within 5 years however time is no longer my friend and I need to take action
Currently there is no treatment or cure for Primary Progressive MS in the United Kingdom. Having being rejected for numerous trials on the NHS I have discovered there is a treatment available elsewhere in the world called Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). This treatment has been successful in many cases but unfortunately this treatment comes at a cost.
I had registered to go to Mexico for the treatment In 2017 ,Unfortunately I have not been given a date .
This means it will probably be into 2018 before a place is offered to me .
After some research we have discovered that India have started to undertake the same HSCT Treatment and is offered at a lower cost .
My target has now changed to £35,000.
I have now been given a date to commence the treatment on the 01/07/17 , which is scary but exciting times .
I am aware that this is an unbelievable amount of money to raise, this is why I am seeking help from family, friends and the wider community. Any help - however small will help me achieve my goal of stopping my MS in its tracks so that I can look forward to a future watching my children grow up to become adults, get married, and enjoy life as they should.
Thanks for taking time to read this and for help you can give me - Chris