Lending a hand to a former Pocatelloan

October 21, 2016 GMT

POCATELLO - Many in our community give to those in need, not knowing years from now they may need help themselves. Such is the story of Father Doug Yarbrough and Deacon Eileen O’Shea.

Numerous people in the Pocatello area will remember Eileen O’Shea, who made significant contributions to the community in the 1980’s and 1990’s when she taught special education at Green Acres Elementary School, worked as a special education consultant for the Pocatello School District, and taught many parenting classes. In addition to all of the lives she influenced through her professional career, she also became an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church and served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pocatello for several years.

During her training to become a Deacon, Eileen met Doug Yarbrough, who became an ordained priest, and they were married in 1995. Father Doug served as a priest for parishes in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Arco, until he and Eileen moved to Nampa, where they served at Grace Episcopal Church for many years. They have been a dynamic team and a blessing to countless people through their service to church and community.

Now after years of giving to so many people, Father Doug and Deacon Eileen are in need of help. In 2008, Father Doug was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), which has continued to progress to the point that he is severely disabled and dependent on an electric wheelchair. He is in the fight of his life to stop the progression of this debilitating disease. No treatment has worked, and there has been little hope until Doug and Eileen recently learned of a new stem cell treatment called HSCT (Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant). With his disease rapidly progressing, Father Doug cannot wait for clinical trials to be completed. He has been given the opportunity to receive this treatment at a clinic in Puebla, Mexico on Nov. 7. This treatment is not covered by insurance and the cost is a staggering $70,000. Family and friends are now working to raise money to help pay for his treatment. Tax deductible donations can be made through: helphopelive.org/campaign/11491/edit

Donations can also be made through Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1214, Pocatello, Idaho, 83204. Be sure to specify “Father Doug Fund” when sending your donation. Many thanks to all who will help with this great endeavor which has the potential to give Father Doug new life.