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How to help the Stockdale Family

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on July 8, 2009 at 7:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

The Stockdale Family Story

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The Stockdale Family

After we aired the Scott Evans story about 27-year-old Ryan Stockdale, and how he suffers from an extremely rare and painful condition called cluster headaches - we were slammed with e-mails and phone calls from people who want to help him and his family!

The Stockdales were featured on the TV show "Extreme Home Makeover" back in 2007. Remember? They had a brand new home built just for their kids in Middleton, because the kids have a rare blood disorder. It was an incredible opportunity for the family, and they were thrilled to move in.

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The Stockdale's Dream Home

Sadly, after moving into their new dream home, Ryan was diagnosed with cluster headaches. This condition impacts less than .01% of the population. The pain of cluster headaches is so intense - his wife compares it to giving birth out of your eye. (I can't imagine that... it sounds just horrible) Ryan has experienced up to ten attacks a day. This leaves him unable to work, or go to school, or just be a Dad to his kids.

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Ryan Stockdale

Ryan's tried everything he can, but nothing has worked. His last option is a very expensive procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation, where doctors implant a device that delivers electric stimulation to the brain.

The Stockdales have tried to get his insurance company to cover the procedure, but so far, it has refused to do so. The family is now appealing to his former employer, Omnipure Filter Company in Caldwell. The company could help make the surgery happen. The very last option is to sell the dream home made just for them, to raise the money needed.

*You can support Ryan and his family by signing a petition to get insurance coverage. To sign it, you can go to a Facebook page dedicated to the family and the cause. You can send the family messages there to see how you can help. Go to our HOTLINKS on our homepage ( to get more information on that.

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