Help see Lou Alvarado walk again.

For: Lou Alvarado
Atlanta, GA
Organizer: FOLA Friends of Lou Alvarado
Help see Lou Alvarado walk again. (Lou Alvarado)
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The Story

​My name is Lou Alvarado and I need your help to walk again.

I’m on a journey to receive stem cell treatment.  I need your help to raise $45,000.  Treatment will be in Panama, 30 days for treatment and therapy.

I want to end the relationship with my wheelchair.  Can you help me walk again.  Disabled  9 years going on 10 years.  It’s time to get out of this chair.  I can’t do it alone and it’s tough as hell to ask for help

In 2008 I took a bad fall and lost the use of my legs. I fell off a poorly placed ladder and crushed my L1, and broken ribs, totally helpless.  Talking to God at the time I was fortunate, the fall could have been worse.

Capable to disabled, the hardest part is asking for help.  It’s tough as hell to ask for help with the simple things in life.

Why am I doing this if I’m disabled?   I have movement below my injury.  I can spread my knees and close them.  I can pull my legs up to my chest, can’t move them back down.  I can move my left leg up and down at the trunk, a little with the right leg.  I need, I call some oomph.

Stem Cells is my best hope for the oomph.  Most of the pioneering is taking place outside the US.  The Stem Cell Institute in Panama has been doing amazing things with these cells. , A good personal friend’s brother, a medical doctor, knows the Institute and management team (Americans).

Single guy, and my cat.  I was active in my community before the accident, continue to be active in many organizations, and will continue to be active

Rotary International: No. Atlanta President, 2 terms, Assistant District Governor, 2 terms, City of Chamblee Recreation Committee, Founder and served as president of Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, City of Chamblee Architectural Review Board,

GA Chapter of the Blue Knights,(motorcycle community) charity rides for Special Olympics, Diabetes Association, Police Memorial Ride and many others.

Also on a mission to lose weight before the treatment, to increase the success rate.  

I have been blessed with so much support from friends and loved ones since those dark days to become the person I am today.  Thank You to those who believed in me and still do.

My mailing address is Lou Alvarado, 3471 Chamblee Dunwoody Way, Chamblee, GA 30341.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 30, 2018


Posted on April 30, 2018

“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” which is associated with Mark Twain and seemed appropriate to start off this missive.  Many have wondered, where did I go?

Dear FOLA:  It’s about time to Iet those, who care about me, know what is going on with me around the stem cell procedure I had this past October in Panama.  I regretfully report that nothing has happened either good or bad physically. I took a chance, with all of your help, to try a new technology to maybe walk again.   Deep down it kind of hurts not getting results. Most of us are result driven and to fall short is not what anyone wants. It was worth taking a shot. I had so much going for me.  I’m healthy. I’m on no medications. I lost weight. Did the hyperbaric chamber in preparation. Have the right attitude and most importantly the support, the prayers and good wishes of those who know care and love me.  I had plenty of prayers. The procedures went well. My blood work is outstanding. So what happened to fall short with this particular endeavour? Really, I don’t know. I can say this without reservations, it is and has always been in God’s hands.  Speaking of God’s hands, 30 April marks ten years of being disabled. I remember that day, like it was yesterday. Turning over my body to Him that morning.

Where am I and what am I doing now?  First, I still believe in stem cells future.  I’m now smaller, size wise, then I have been in years.  I keep hearing that I look good. Maybe the stem cells went to the area with the greatest need-my face.  I did the hyperbaric chamber for at least six months upon my return. I’m no longer doing the chamber. I started going to the YMCA three days a week and working with a trainer.  I still do that since November. My body core is much stronger. Core is what you need to walk. I have not given up my quest to walk again. I’m just in a different place now. I’m content because I did something, I tried, took the shot, whatever way you want to say it.  Dare to Be Better, a quote by a dear friend in Rotary, I took up that dare. I certainly was not by myself, you were there with me. In the world of the disabled my perspective now is different. Much talk about the research goings on, especially around stem cells. I don’t pay much attention to that anymore.  Like so many others I don’t want hear how you are trying to fix the problem, I want to hear that you have found the solution. I tried a solution. That is where my head is now. In the meantime, I’ll continue being active in my life, community and in Rotary International. Gotta do good in the world, if I’m going to live here.

Would I do it again.  ABSOLUTELY! I don’t wonder anymore, I have a peace about that.  We all learned from my experience. By nature, I’m an optimist and I still believe in miracles.  The stem cells are in me, who knows. I would think if they were going to take hold, they would have by now.  I promise you, any results you will hear about it Loud & Clear. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Anyone who knows me personally, I’m pretty much an open book. I’m happy to share.

Please forgive me for dragging my feet writing this letter, pun intended.  I wanted to bring wonderful, positive news. That’s how I roll. Little wheelchair humor there.

Posted on November 22, 2017

Posted on November 22, 2017

I wanted to wish everyone a special Thank You to you all this Thanksgiving for what you have done for me.  Though nothing has happened yet, nor is it suppose to regarding the stem cell treatment.  I just want to say how much I appreciate  the contributions, the well wishes and prayers that made Panama possible and the expectations for greater things to happen for me in the weeks to come.  I could not have done this without the support that I received from you all.   
Enclosed is a link of a photo album Donna put together.  My person who sends out the regular FOLA updates is out of the country, so I thought this was the next best thing.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving.  Lou

Posted on September 15, 2017

Posted on September 15, 2017

First things first.  Thank You to all those who continue to support me in contributions, prayers and well wishes.  I could not do this without your support.  
The great news is two fold.  I will reach my goal.  It's real now. I go to Panama on 8 October to return on 4 November.  The plane tickets have been bought.  Paying for the surgery.  Passport in order.    
I have wanted to do this for a couple years now.  Finally things settled down and I pulled the trigger at the end of July.  I can't tell you how appreciative I am given this opportunity to possibly walk again by you folks.  I have not been out of the country for this long since my Navy days.  It's going to be an experience on so many levels for me.  Lou  

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