As part of an effort to fulfill the mission of providing opportunities for alumni to support other alumni in need through giving, the BJU Alumni Association holds a Giving Tree project each Christmas season. The actual Giving Tree is a tree set up in an alumni hospitality area during the Annual Christmas Carol Sing & Lighting Ceremony on the campus of Bob Jones University. Those able to attend place cash on the tree as ornaments.
Over $1200 was collected during the event. We have also received thousands of dollars through online gifts. All funds raised through December 31, 2016 will be given to this year’s project. We invite you join with us by giving online.
This year we are decorating our tree with cash gifts for Stephen Jones and his family. Stephen is finishing an extremely expensive treatment for Lyme disease. Alumni have already started a giving project, and we want to help get that project across the finish line!
Stephen has suffered under the throes of debilitating physical symptoms since 2010 with no genuine help to his condition, even though he has been examined by numerous doctors and institutions. In fact, the longer he has been sick, the worse his existing conditions have become, and they have been joined by additional symptoms. On any one day, he may experience chronic symptoms of any of the following: vertigo, nausea, headaches, fatigue, forgetfulness (mental “fog”), and joint & muscle pain. All of these daily limit his time to be up out of bed and incapacitate him so that he has no job (and as result, no income).
Within the last year, he was finally diagnosed with a unique strain of Lyme Disease as the source of all of his symptoms, and he enjoyed some improvement under the care of a North Carolina Lyme specialist. He has just completed specialized treatment in Arizona. This treatment shows great promise in returning Stephen's health.
The challenge is financial. Dr. Jones had to live near Envita for 6-12 weeks, spending 3-5 hours per day in treatment. The cost has exceeded $80,000. Concerning financing, Stephen has not yet been approved for Social Security Disability and after a lengthy legal struggle with the health insurance company he received less than $15,000 to use toward his treatment. Erin is left to be the bread-winner for the family during this battle.
We have chosen to receive the gifts through the I Do It For Foundation. This allows 100% of the money that you give to go to Stephen and his family. Nothing will be withheld for administrative fees.
Please give today!