Eric Feldbauer, a 38-year- old lifelong resident of Great Valley and father of two has been accepted for Stem Cell therapy through StemGenex out of San Diego, California. Eric is an IT specialist who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 13 years ago. Prior to this diagnosis, Eric was one of the earlier snowboard instructors at Holiday Valley and an accomplished guitarist. With his continued declining health, a stem cell transplant may be able to provide him with a better quality of life by reversing some of the damage caused by the MS and prevent further attacks. StemGenex Medical group provides an ethical procedure of using the patient’s own stem cells from their fat tissue.

They estimate the uninsured expenses will be more than $20,000. Costs will include travel to CA, medical testing, treatment and more.

Eric shared this sentiment, “My family has had to change their lives to take care of me. I would like to be healthy enough to take care of myself and my daughters”.

Cathy Lacy, Eric’s mom, her husband Norm and a group of caring people are holding a benefit on January 21, 1-7pm at the Great Valley Fire Hall to help Eric raise money for the treatment. There will be a $20 donation /admission per adult. Children under 12 will be free. Admission includes a buffet organized by Katy’s Fly In Restaurant in Great Valley, beer or pop, entertainment by the band “Dozo My Lady” and some amazing door prizes, there will be a silent auction and Basket raffle. Items include a week’s stay at an Adirondack vacation home, original water color paintings and other surprises. In addition, a baked goods sale with homemade pies and goodies will be available for purchase.

A Fundraising campaign in Eric’s honor has been established with HelpHopeLive a trusted national non-profit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider a contribution. Visit and search for Eric Feldbauer.

Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at Alexandra’s and at Katy’s Café in Ellicottville.