Rachel MacCulloch of Ponypool, Ontario was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1998 at the age of 23. Her symptoms present themselves as weakness on her left side, fine motor skills problems in her hands and memory issues. She uses a walker.
“I don’t want to end up in a wheelchair,” said MacCulloch, adding that is there nothing fundamentally wrong with being in a wheelchair, but “if I can prevent it, why wouldn’t I try?”
Many Canadians with MS are choosing to go abroad and arrange their own CCSVI treatment as the procedure is not yet readily available in their home country.
Luckily Rachel’s friend is helping her raise the money for her CCSVI treatment. Tracey Osborne said she has seen Rachel’s MS get progressively worse over the last six years. As a healthy, able-bodied person Osborne was keen to do something to help her friend.
“I think it’s just the right thing to do,” she said.
She arranged a special fundraiser that took place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at her clinic Absolute Therapeutics. As a massage and craniosacral therapist, Osborne had some unique skills that she could put to good use. Four massage therapists and a holistic practitioner volunteered their time to provide 30 minute massages, 40 minute holistic therapy, reflexology and Reiki sessions. $40 per treatment was charged, which will go towards MacCulloch’s $10,000 surgery. There were also raffles with prizes that were kindly donated from local businesses.
“I hope to raise enough money to give her a start,” said Ms. Osborne before the fundraiser took place.
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