This loan has been repaid in full!
First Posted On: March 10, 2009
Age: 11 years old
Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
Diagnosis: Autism (low-functioning)
Loan Sought: $800 [~585 UK pounds]
Loan Needed For: One year's worth of probiotics (48.75 UK pounds/bottle x 12 months)
Repayment Terms: One lump sum in April 2010
Other Notes: Geoffrey has had low-functioning autism since the age of 2 and was diagnosed at the age of 3. (Click HERE for a very detailed history.) His family has been doing biomedical treatments since then (for the past 8 years) and has "done everything we can afford," including the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet, sugar-free/MSG-free diet, supplements, probiotics, enzymes, and several consults with doctors. They have an HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen treatment) chamber at their home (photo HERE). They have not tried chelation (heavy metals removal) yet because "he is not healthy enough" to start. The family would like to have the assistance of a gastroenterologist who specializes in autistic children, such as the Thoughtful House in Texas, but the cost to travel there plus continue and maintain treatment is prohibitive, and similar resources are not available in the UK. Geoffrey's family is interested in trying stem cell therapy and have heard other families have had good results with this. A quote from Germany for stem cell therapy was $30,000 (USD).
Geoffrey's family is planning to establish a charity in the UK that would help fund biomedical and stem cell treatments for families of children with autism. The cost required to establish such an organization would take away from the family's ability to purchase needed items for Geoffrey. This Lend4Health loan for a year's supply of Geoffrey's probiotics is an equivalent cost to that which it will cost for the family to establish their charity. As such, this loan will "free up" the funds needed to start their charity.
Geoffrey's dad, Angus, recently started a blog to track Geoffrey's story. The blog also has a "Donate" button for anybody interested in helping the family pursue further treatments for Geoffrey. Click HERE for a link to their blog.
Special Note: Geoffrey is one of the "MMR 10" Access to Justice children in the UK.
Reference Provided By: Mark Hawkings
Geoffrey's Community of Lenders:
Rachel (Julian's mom): $20
Jeanne (Charlie's mom): $25 ["Angus, thanks for all you do!"]
Petra: $13 ["$13 on the 13th!"] [Re-loaned from Julian's repaid loan.]
Jeanne (again): $5 ["Cinco De Linco Loans Facebook Group: 10 more members!"]
Petra: $5 ["Matching Jeanne's Cinco de Linco Facebook Group challenge."]
Petra: $6 ["To honor Potatey who is turning 6 on 3/18 and who was saved from autistic regression through biomed."]
Petra: $10 [re-loan from Sawyrr's repaid loan]
Jeanne (again): $8 [re-loan from Sawyrr's repaid loan]
Jan: $52.13 [re-loan from Sawyrr's repaid loan]
Petra (again): $10 [re-loan from Dazmen's repaid loan]
Petra (again): $90 ["Because right now, I can..."]
Tommie Lee: $300
Ethan, Alex, & Megan: $5 [Loan made from Delia's repaid loan.]
Jeanne (again): $5 [re-loaned from Delia's repaid loan.]
Jenn (Jeremy's mom): $5
Diane: $100 [loan made from Delia's repaid loan]
Dana C: $10
Jeanne (again): $10 ["In honor of the UK Autism Rally 2009! Go UK!"]
Cathleen: $85 [re-loaning a variety of repaid loans]
UPDATES - UPDATES - UPDATES
March 28, 2009: Geoffrey's loan has been funded!
March 30, 2009: Promissory note sent to Geoffrey's family for signature.
March 30, 2009: Signed promissory note received.
March 30, 2009: Loan of $800 (USD) sent to Geoffrey's family via PayPal. This loan will be due to be repaid in one lump sum on April 15, 2010.
March 30, 2009: Note from Geoffrey's parents: Thank you all for your contributions to Geoffrey. This is a big lift for us and we will be forever grateful to you all. It has really humbled us the support you have given us and in turn we have a bigger spring to our step. Unlike famous film awards I won’t go on but, just to say we're forever indebted.
Thank you all
From Geoffrey’s parents
Angus and Lucy
April 16, 2009: Note from Angus: "I'm still waiting to hear from my lawyer/attorney vis a vis registration of my charity which will be trundling along quite shortly. Anyway shall drop you a line ASAP and thanks from us over here in SCOTLAND !! - Angus
October 16, 2009: This loan has been repaid in full, 6 months early! This family is considered to be in good standing on Lend4Health and, as such, is eligible to request another loan in the future.
October 18, 2009: All loans have been repaid to the lenders via PayPal.