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Raffle for dog-sled ride raises funds for rare treatment

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DeAnna Lopes
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

With a little more than $2,000 raised for an $80,000 stem-cell transplant, local Deanna Lopes hopes that a chance for a dog sled ride, might help her afford her treatment.

Lopes suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is selling raffle tickets for a one-hour ride with the Running Creek Sled Dog Team based out of Hope Valley, to help offset the costs of a treatment for her disease.

The sale of raffle tickets will be added to a fundraising campaign for Lopes who is hoping for a life-altering Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant.

According to the HelpHopeLive fundraising page created by her daughter, “An HSCT transplant would gather Mom’s stem cells, preserve them while she undergoes chemotherapy, and then reintroduce her cells back into her body. Through consistent physical therapy people who have received HSCT have made great strides in recovery.”

Raffle tickets for a chance at the dog sled ride can be purchased through the HelpHopeLive website under Deanna Lopes at http://www.helphopelive.org.

Donations towards Lopes’ $80,000 goal, which will cover travel expenses for both Lopes and her caregiver as well as the treatment, can also be made through the website.

All donations are tax deductible, and are held by HelpHOPELive in the Southwest Stem Cell Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only.

Raffle tickets are $10 or $25 for three. The sled ride is valued at $300.

For more information contact Lopes at 690-8604.