Scott Klasner, 35, was diagnosed with ALS only a few months after marrying the love of his life, Sherry, in May 2014 and at roughly the same time the Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing. A few months prior to the wedding, Scott visited the doctor after experiencing muscle spasms in his left arm and trouble lifting his left leg. The doctor informed him it could be one of three things: 1. Brain Tumor, 2. MS or 3. ALS. Shortly before the wedding, all signs pointed to ALS. Scott and Sherry took the news as best they could and carried on with their beautiful wedding. Scott and Sherry continue to be strong and enjoy every day together in their newly married life despite this terrible diagnosis. They take each day as it comes, facing the new challenges presented by ALS as opposed to planning their long life together.
Since the wedding, the effects of ALS have really started to show in Scott. He needs a special minivan for transportation, requires a wheelchair to get around, needs assistance with all daily tasks, had a feeding tube installed and utilizes eyegaze softwear to help with communication, work on computer, etc. Scott is still working and covered by health insurance through his employer, but health insurance does not cover or fully cover everything such as nursing care at home, any necessary home modifications, communication devices, etc. In addition, the health insurance will lapse once Scott is no longer able to work which is approaching quickly. The financial worries on this newlywed couple is overwhelming at a time when they should be looking forward to their future together. Therefore, Scott's family and friends who love him dearly have been raising money to help pay for his medical expenses not covered by health insurance (which can total more than $200K per year). Please help in our fundraising efforts to support Scott and Sherry.
Words will not express the gratitude both Sherry and Scott have for your love, support, and donation. No amount is too small and will help to make a difference. If you are not able to make a donation at this time, please include both Scott and Sherry in your prayers.