Helping Nick Risden with his tick- borne medical expenses

For: Nick Risden
Harrodsburg, KY
Organizer: Rebecca Kendall Paterson
Helping Nick Risden with his tick- borne medical expenses (Nick Risden)
$15,741
of $80,000 goal
19% Complete
Raised by 251 donors

The Story

Nick Risden is the owner of K9 Motivation & Von Risden Haus German Shepherds.  For many years he has worked tirelessly in our community to train police, competition, tracking, obedience, and protection dogs. He runs a dog training and boarding facility in Harrodsburg, KY and specializes in Schutzhund/IPO training.  Nick has been featured in newspapers, on television, and is award winning with the work that he does.  He recently purchased a farm and began building a specialized training facility so that he could better serve his clients and also his personal pets that he trains.  He is very hard working and is diligent in his care for his own animals, but also those that he trains as clients.

In May 2017 Nick became ill and spent 2 weeks in ICU and a week on a patient care floor.  A spinal tap revealed that he was suffering from Meningitis from Lyme Disease, Meningoencephalitis, Powasson Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Meningitis, and many secondary infections that were related to his tick bite.  He was released from the hospital and placed on an intense outpatient treatment regimen.  During his first month at home things seemed to improve, but then he experienced rapid weight loss (30 pounds), loss of vision, visible muscle deterioration, vertigo, and neurological problems (speech, balance, loss of memory).  Despite his decline in health, Nick continued to place trust in his doctors in Kentucky, though they were not specialized in treating the severity of his diagnoses.  

Several weeks ago Nick sought the help from a well known infectious disease doctor located in Washington D.C. ,who specializes in tick borne diseases.  A treatment plan was devised and Nick discovered that his Kentucky insurance plan would not cover it because it is considered "experimental" in nature.  The recommended treatment is 7-9 months of IV antibiotics that will be given through a PIC line that will be placed in Nick's chest.    The ideology is that this should break the bio films that protect the bacteria.  With giving IV antibiotics in 2 week increments it will stop the "pulsing" and hopefully eliminate the bacteria completely.  This method of treatment is not without risk, but it is Nick's best shot at healing and resuming a normal lifestyle.  

Here is where you can help.  Since Kentucky insurance will not cover this treatment Nick is being forced to come up with $80,000+ out of his pocket.  This money pay for the treatment, the specialists, the medication, and his constant travel to Washington D.C. to see his doctors.  During the 7-9 months that he is being treated he will be unable to work.  He will be required to rest, implement a strict diet, and follow a medication regimen.  After being sick and in and out of hospitals/doctor's offices for the last 5 months, Nick's savings have been depleted.  He has also been unable to work since May, which has placed a financial strain on him.  Nick is a young man and has so much more to give.  He has worked extremely hard to build his business and to be able to train dogs that are being utilized all over the world.  I would ask that you join us in fighting for Nick's health.  100% of the donations made through this fundraiser will be used to help Nick receive treatment and get back to a normal level of functioning.  I ask that you give any amount and please share this with your friends and family.  Let's show Nick how many people love & care for him and how many of us are willing to join him in the fight for his health.  

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