Help Hunter Get Well!

For: Hunter Black
Brandon, MS
Organizer: Melissa Black
Help Hunter Get Well! (Hunter Black)
$13,651
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 96 donors
68% Complete

The Story

Hunter Black used to be a healthy, strong, lively young man until the summer of 2007 when he got bitten by a tick. He is now fully disabled and hasn't been able to work in 3 years. We created this page to help raise funds for his Lyme treatment and to raise awareness around his condition. 

He is going to see Dr.Raxlen, a Lyme specialist in New York, NY on May 8th, 2017 and his treatment protocol will last around 18-24 months.

Lyme disease is starting to take over every aspect of Hunter's life. He is in constant pain and discomfort and now he is starting to lose the ability to walk and talk normally. He is progressing fast and needs help quickly. We are asking for donations because Lyme specialists do not accept insurance and the drugs/treatments they prescribe are not usually covered by insurance. The cost of an office visit alone is over $1,000 and the expenses for his treatment will be several hundred dollars a month. He is unable to work due to this illness so he lives on a limited income with his wife. In the last three years, Hunter has been to over a dozen doctors and still has not found any kind of long term relief. We feel Dr.Raxlen is our last hope to get Hunter help. 

We also ask for your support in prayer. We need the Lord's guidance, wisdom, and peace to help us through this hard time.

What is Lyme?
Lyme is a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans through tick bites. There are several co-infections that you can get along with Lyme such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia and Mycoplasma ( just to name a few). This means that most Lyme patients are battling several infections at the same time. Lyme and the other co-infections are usually collectively referred to as Lyme disease. The CDC estimates that 300,000 people a year will get Lyme. That's more than the number of estimated cases of Breast Cancer and HIV combined!

When treated immediately Lyme disease can be an acute illness. However, many people go undiagnosed for months or years which gives the bacteria and its coinfections the opportunity to grow and spread all over the body, including the brain. This makes the illness difficult to get rid of and complicated to treat.

If you or any of your loved ones get bitten by a tick, please see a medical professional immediately and watch for early Lyme symptoms such as; muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, rash, and fever.

For more information please visit these helpful sites:
www.lymedisease.org
www.tiredoflyme.com

This is the Site link to the CDC website:
https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/humancases.html

If you don't feel comfortable donating through this website or would like to reach out to us personally, then please contact us at [email protected] 

Thank you for your time and support!
-Love, the GET HUNTER WELL TEAM!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 28, 2017

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Posted on June 28, 2017

Hi everyone, I’m so sorry that it’s been over a month since the last update. I will start making updates more frequently. So much has happened over the last few weeks it has been hard to keep up with everything. I want to thank everyone for your continued prayers and support. So many wonderful things have happened!

We’ve now met $13,241 in donations, that’s over half our goal! Please continue to share the page and help us raise awareness. Thanks to all of you, Hunter got a Port-a-cath on Wednesday 6/14/17 and started IV antibiotics the next Friday morning. I will keep you all updated on his progress.

So far, I’ve noticed some small improvements in his demeanor and his blood pressure has been consistently normal since about the second week of treatment. I know that might not sound like much but it’s enough to bring me and his family to tears.

It is extremely hard to get treatment in Mississippi. A Doctor in Jackson told us several weeks ago he wouldn’t treat a patient with Lyme and doesn’t know any physician in the State of MS that would. One of our main goals is to raise awareness around this illness. A one month cycle on doxycycline immediately after the tick on Hunter was removed would have saved him from everything he is going through right now. Instead, he went to Doctor after Doctor for months getting worse and worse without treatment. If you haven’t already done so, please read the article that Hunter and his father were featured in written by Catherine Kirk published in several local newspapers. You can also find it in this month’s edition of “Life in the Delta,” a local magazine.

Thanks again your all your love and support!


Posted on May 11, 2017

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Posted on May 11, 2017

UPDATE ON HUNTER: We just got back from New York a few hours ago. Here are the highlights. The office visit with Dr.Raxlen went well! He talked with us for over 2 hours and took several labs. Based on Hunter’s symptoms and medical history he diagnosed him with Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia. He wants to be very aggressive with Hunter’s treatment because of the neuromuscular issues he is having. He said we can’t waste any time, so he is skipping over oral antibiotics, which is usually the first line of treatment, and putting him directly on intravenous treatment. He also said Hunter shows signs of peripheral neuropathy and recommends we go see a Neurologist that could possibly put him on Gamma Globulin, (IVIg).

It will take a few weeks to get everything setup. Hunter will have to get a PICC line and there are a few other instructions the Dr. gave us to do before we can start the IV therapy. After 8 weeks of treatment, we will follow up with the Dr. via phone conference.

The good news is that we have a plan of treatment. On the flip side, Hunter has a very long and hard road in front of him. Please pray for him to have the endurance of body and spirit to get through this! Thank you for your continued support and prayers! I will keep everyone updated as we go.

A special thank you to our sweet neighbors, Todd and Katy, who watched our dog for us while we were gone and made us supper tonight. You guys are a huge blessing!   


Posted on May 6, 2017

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Posted on May 6, 2017

FUNDRAISER UPDATE: We are finishing up week 3 and so far, we have raised $7,356 from only 63 donors!! We are almost at the halfway point of our goal in only 3 weeks!! THAT’S AMAZING Y’ALL! I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone for all your support! Remember you don’t have to use the website to donate. A few people have complained that it is hard to use. You can still send us donations, please message me or send an email to [email protected] if you want to donate a different way.

I’d also like to give special thanks to everyone that has sent us personal messages and cards. We’ve gotten several over the last few weeks. They have lifted our hearts during this hard time and given us hope and encouragement for the future. Thank you!

MORE GOOD NEWS: Because of your donations, we could get Hunter a wheelchair! This brings him so much relief to know he doesn’t have to worry about his leg weakness while we are out and about in NY next week. Thanks again everyone!

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