April 19, 2016 – SammyJo Wilkinson, a passionate stem cell advocate and Seattle resident, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 21 years ago at the youthful age of 30. Just seven years after her diagnosis, Wilkinson found herself unable to work due to disabilities from her aggressive symptoms. By 2011, SammyJo was wheelchair bound and searching for a nursing home. With paralysis quickly taking over, she turned to adult stem cell therapy for help, which has proven to be life changing.
Since receiving stem cell therapy using her own adult stem cells through Houston-based biotechnology company, Celltex Therapeutics, SammyJo has renewed strength to help others struggling with MS. With 18 of her symptoms eliminated and the remaining symptoms tremendously reduced, she is now living free of pain, able to walk with a walker and exercise for an hour a day. To help others living with her condition, SammyJo volunteers with Seattle-based Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands (MSHH).
SammyJo Wilkinson in the van granted by the Boeing Employee Union Community Fund
for MSHH deliveries
MSHH, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded 17 years ago by Bill Brayer with the hopes of providing those suffering from MS with the medical equipment needed to continue their daily lives. MSHH operates solely on volunteer labor and accepts donated mobility equipment at its 7,700 square foot donation facility in Edmonds, Washington. Once an item is donated to the facility, volunteers refurbish the equipment, which is then made available for a low cost donation to those who would otherwise be unable to afford these items. SammyJo’s personal stem cell journey and her passion for helping others living with MS motivated her to reach out to the Boeing Employee Union Community Fund, which awarded MSHH a $50,000 Sprinter van for equipment deliveries. Victories such as these are what inspire SammyJo and her fellow volunteers to continue spreading awareness in their community.
Wilkinson’s amazing progress continues to ignite her passion of advocating for stem cells which she speaks about at length on her personal website, Patients for Stem Cells. When not volunteering her time with MSHH, SammyJo is extremely active in the stem cell community and often works with elected officials to raise awareness of stem cells and their potential on a larger scale.
To learn more about SammyJo and her story, please visit http://www.patientsforstemcells.org/. To learn more about Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands and how to get involved, please visit http://www.mshh-donorcloset.com/.