The Kyle MacFarlane Foundation

Funding research and awareness in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility

In Kyle’s Words

Nearly 100 million Americans are affected by digestive problems.  If you suffer from a little indigestion or heartburn now and then, consider yourself lucky.  For me, an upset stomach turned into an upset life.

I was in high school at the time, playing baseball. I loved the action around second base. The next thing I knew I’d lost more than 50 pounds in a short amount of time.  Over the next couple of years, I found myself fighting for my life. Thanks to the doctors at Stanford Medical Center, they’ve found a way for me to survive by giving myself injections in the stomach everyday; although occasionally the symptoms can get severe, and I’ll have to head into the emergency room for treatment.

“Most digestive diseases are difficult to diagnose.  Some are impossible.  Their symptoms are not specific and their causes are unknown.”

I am still fighting for my life and my doctors don’t know what is causing this. It’s no way for any person to have to live, but we must find the causes to some of these diseases and the cures.  Not knowing what to do about it all, it all came to me after watching the Celebrity Apprentice television show.   I was inspired by John Rich who was able to raise lots of money for his foundation, and was amazed at what he could accomplish in a short amount of time.  I was also inspired by Donald Trump, who is also a true hero. By creating a television show where money could be raised for a number of great causes, it gives foundations and charities some much needed hope.

The show inspired me to start the Kyle MacFarlane Foundation, so I could do something positive, help others. That is why I am so motivated to get this foundation out there and start helping people and finding the cures. I soon discovered that most digestive diseases are difficult to diagnose.  Some are impossible.  The symptoms are not specific and their causes are unknown.  Many may be inherited, triggered by an infection, or an inflammatory process. The final result can lead to disruption of the nerves in the digestive tract causing abnormal motility or movement; which can range from the esophagus down to the colon.

These motility problems are grouped into the “functional GI disorders” category, which includes various diagnoses such as reflux, nonulcerative dyspepsia, gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction, and constipation. In some cases, such as mine, the abnormal motility involves more than one part of the digestive system, termed diffuse intestinal dysmotility.

My doctors at Stanford Medical Center are working behind the scenes trying to discover what I suffer from and why.  Their answers will change my life, as well as millions of others who suffer from these mysterious diseases. I am looking forward to getting on with my life but before I do that, I am helping the foundation explore the causes of digestive diseases, find a cure, and increase our understanding of these disorders. When you read about the Kyle MacFarlane Foundation, think of someone you know who suffers from a digestive disease and do what you can to become involved.

- Kyle MacFarlane

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