Support Ella’s Endeavor with Autism
The autism spectrum is broad and affects 1 in 68 children in the United States alone. For one local child, Ella Beggs, her family is working to raise money to take Ella to Panama for treatment for her autism.
The fundraiser will take place at the Old Hardy Gym, July 8 starting at 5 p.m. and will include a live auction, concert and BBQ dinner. All proceeds will be used to help Ella and her family travel to Panama for treatment.
According to Scarlett Beggs, Ella’s mom, the treatment uses stem cells in order to help alleviate the developmental delays created by autism.
“Michael and I are always researching things to just help her be her best and we found stem cell research online from a place called the Stem Cell Institute of Panama, where they do stem cell treatment for autism,” Beggs said. “It’s done in several different places; China, Mexico and India too but Panama is where we have seen the most testimonials from. We contacted them and researched as much as we could and found that with the stem cell treatment for autism, kids that were completely non-verbal before, had started talking in full sentences. Kids that were not potty trained before, were able to potty train and just an overall improvement from stem cells.”
Beggs said initially she was hesitant to travel to a foreign country in order to have her daughter undergo treatment, however the further she researched, the more comfortable she became with the idea.
“They are doing trial runs in the U.S., but it takes so long to get things approved through the FDA; who knows when they’ll get it done here. In order to be eligible for the trials here [in the United States], you have to have your own [umbilical] cord blood bank and we don’t have Ella’s, so we have to rely on donated cord blood,” Beggs said. “It’s a simple process. It’s like a blood transfusion. She’ll go for a week and they’ll do it through an IV and the only side effects they’ve seen are very mild. With such a low risk, we have to give it a try. It can’t hurt her. It’s she’ll either stay the same or show improvement.”
So far, the family has been able to raise a little less than half of the $20,000 which they will need in order to make the weeklong trip.
They would like to invite the community to come out and support Ella’s Endeavor with Autism.