DELTA, WI – Delta native Shelley Sprague was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the summer of 2017, but refuses to let the disease take control of her life.
Her friends, family, and even strangers are putting on a fundraiser Saturday to help her raise money for special treatment.
“I am humbled,” Sprague said. “There’s even people that I don’t know that are helping with this.”
Sprague expects hundreds to show up on Saturday to join her battle against MS.
“I’ve had people say: ‘Oh, well, you don’t — you don’t look like there’s something wrong,'” Sprague said. “But MS isn’t about looking like there’s something wrong. It effects a lot of you internally. Just because I’m not in a wheelchair at this point in time doesn’t mean that I don’t have something wrong.”
With numbness everywhere, Sprague began looking for a treatment that would put the disease to a halt.
There were no options in the U.S., so she did her homework and found a therapy in Mexico that gives her an 80-percent chance of stopping the progression.
The problem is that the cost is nearly $55,000, a number that seems even bigger when you take into account that Sprague and her family just paid thousands to repair their house from storm damage this summer.
“This June, we lost, basically, a couple weeks worth of work,” Sprague said. “We’re self-employed, like I said, and our driveway, several thousands of dollars.”
So her family is putting on the fundraiser to ensure that Sprague can get the treatment she needs, and she is already feeling the love.
“I’m in debt,” Sprague said. “Without them, I couldn’t have did it.”
Saturday’s fundraiser will be held at the Flying Eagle Resort in Delta from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.