By COLlive reporter
Friends are teaming up to support a Lubavitcher father who is battling primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), characterized by steady worsening of neurologic functioning.
A fundraising campaign on GoFundme.com is aiming to help with covering the high medical bills of Mendy Fellig who worked as a corporate attorney in the Canadian city of London in Southwestern Ontario.
Up until recently, Fellig has been working full time and providing for his wife Yael (nee Goldberg) and their 4-year-old daughter. As of last month, as he nears his 37th birthday, he is completely paralyzed.
“During my visit with Mendy in London today, I saw how tough the situation has become,” Hillel Gammal, a childhood friend and classmate at Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch in Montreal, said on Tuesday.
“Through all the ups and downs, Mendy has met the challenges with a smile on his face. Recently, the declines have been more difficult to manage than ever,” Gammal said about the unpredictable disease that interferes with the brain’s ability to operate the body.
Compared with people who have relapsing-remitting MS, those with the primary progressive may also have more trouble doing their jobs and their normal activities.
“There is a real need to help support Mendy emotionally, and financially,” Gammal said. “Many of these expenses have already been incurred, and most are not covered by medicare. We are hopeful that through our prayers, Mendy will make a speedy and miraculous recovery.”
The fundraising goal is $36,000. The campaign page spells out the ongoing expenses the Felligs need to pay, including caregivers and nurses, physiotherapy and transportation, mobility equipment and rental of an electric hospital bed.
To join the campaign, visit GoFundme.com