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Former basketball star Greg Friel in fight of his life

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:56 am
by Fosters
Former basketball star Greg Friel in fight of his life

...This unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system has weakened his body, particularly his legs below the knees, to the point where he often has to get around with a cane, and sometimes a walker.

“I’m in constant pain,” he said. “It’s terrible. ... But I’ve got a beautiful wife. I’ve got a business where I’m my own boss. It’s a challenge. If you know the Friels, we’re up for a challenge. But it’s scary.”

Fortunately, for Greg, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Next month, he will fly to Russia with his Uncle Bob for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). After being on the waiting list for three-plus years, Greg was recently granted admission to the treatment program.

The catch is that the cost for travel and treatment will be around $100,000. The treatment is not covered by insurance, so Greg’s wife, Anastagia, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to pay for the trip and treatment (https://www.gofundme.com/gregfrielhsct). As of Saturday morning, nearly $53,000 has been raised in three weeks

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