Community Helps Disabled Soldier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/05

Community Helps Disabled Soldier

Wednesday night on NewsChannel 11, we introduced you to a 22-year-old Lubbock soldier who came back from Iraq to face a mysterious disease that left him in a wheel chair. Specialist Keith Huffaker was diagnosed with spinal cerebellar ataxia, one of the rarest diseases in medical history.

Now we have an update about a community effort that is reaching out to Keith and his family. Numerous calls have been coming in from our viewers asking what they could do to try and help Keith get the second opinion he was looking for.

Keith was told by the Army's doctor he had a rare genetic disease, which means the Army cannot pay disability or benefits to someone with a pre-existing condition.

2/16/05
Local Soldier Battles Mysterious Disease
A mysterious illness has a local soldier fighting for his health and looking for answers. Private First Class Keith Huffaker returned to Lubbock last year after his tour of duty in Iraq to come home to a major illness.

Keith and his family disagree with the diagnosis and want a second opinion, but since the Army is cut off his benefits, they need help financially, and that's where the community has come in.

Lubbock National Bank started the Keith Huffaker donation fund and donated the first $500. If you would like to help, you can donate to any Lubbock National Bank branch. And again, all of the money will be used for medical bills to help pay for a second opinion on the condition.

We are still looking for a specialist to take on Keith's case, so if anyone out there knows a good contact, please e mail us at jvogel@kcbd.com.

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