5/21/12 Update: Kayden has arrived at the Foeldi Clinic and has successfully started his treatment!
Klose Training is facilitating donations to help Kayden receive medical treatment at the Foeldi Clinic, Hinterzarten, Germany and the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany.
Kayden is a 2 1/2-year-old boy with congenital lymphedema of the entire left side of his body including his genitals and abdomen. The full extent of Kayden's lymphatic dysplasia is unknown. A protruding umbilicus indicates additional lymphatic problems and it is suspected that Kayden also suffers from lymphangioma in his left hand and possibly his abdominal area.
Prof. Ethel Foeldi, MD, Medical Director of the world-renowned Foeldi Clinic in Germany, kindly met with Kayden and his family during her recent visit to Boulder, Colorado. She recommended that Kayden receive a more thorough diagnostic workup at the Foeldi Clinic and possibly undergo surgery.
Prof. Foeldi generously offered to assist with the cost of Kayden's treatment and stay at the Clinic, but the estimated $20,000 additional cost for an MRI, surgery at the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany, and four weeks of follow-up Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) at the Foeldi Clinic, was out of reach of Kayden's family.
Guenter Klose, Executive Director of Klose Training and Consulting, was moved to seek donations to enable Kayden to get the treatment he so desperately needs. In just six months, thanks to numerous generous people, the needed funds for the initial treatment have been collected. Many, many thanks to Klose Lymphedema Conference participants ($1,400), Klose Training students and other individuals ($1, 440), Klose Training ($500), Lymphedema Awareness Day participants ($4960), and a very special thank you for the remarkable gift of $12,000 from a Colorado family who was moved by their faith and a family member's experience with lymphedema to contribute a "gift from God."
Plans are now underway for Kayden's trip to Germany where he will receive the treatment and initial therapy that will greatly reduce his symptoms and prevent serious health repercussions. However, lymphedema is a life-long disease so Kayden's family will incur ongoing expenses that are not covered by insurance, including the purchase of multiple expensive compression garments that Kayden will need as he grows. Thus, a new goal of $5000 has been set to help cover these costs. If you would like to help support Kayden's ongoing expenses, please send a check or money order payable to "Guenter Klose" or "Cash" to the address below. Be sure to write "Kayden's Fund" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generous support!
Klose Training & Consulting, LLC
Attn: Kayden's Fund
1369 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101
Lafayette, CO 80026