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Help My Brother Battle Crohn’s Disease!

BRYAN HIKINGHelp Bryan Davis in his fight to stay healthy despite Crohn’s Disease. Please show your support as he undergoes regular drug infusions.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Bryan Davis has been living with Crohn’s for most of his adult life. He was officially diagnosed over ten years ago while living and working in State College, PA. At that time, he had a major flare up that required doctors to perform major survery and remove a portion of Bryan’s intestines. Since then, he has had other significant flare ups that require hospitalization, but no further surgeries.

Bryan’s insurance does not fully cover his 3-hr infusions of a standard treatment drug. His last hospital stay was also not fully covered. People suffering from Crohn’s often experience low energy and fatigue. It is a chronic disease, so this means patients will likely experience periods when the disease flares up and causes symptoms, followed by periods of remission when patients may not notices symptoms at all.

Bryan struggles with fatigue and never knows when a flare up will occur. The flare ups result in swelling of the intestines, blockages, and vomiting, among other symptoms.

Bryan works for a very understanding nonprofit organization that serves the poor in the Pacific Northwest. He lives very frugally and cannot afford to fly home from the West coast to Pennsylvania to be with family. Please help us raise money to offset Bryan’s medical expenses and get him home for a much-needed visit.