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A man with a second chance helping others get one too

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 12, 2007 10:00 AM

WESTBOROUGH

A local man who underwent stem cell transplant in hopes of treating a rare autoimmune disease now plans to start an organization to help others with life-threatening illnesses navigate their own medical care.

David Rubenstein returned home to Westborough in February after undergoing the experimental procedure to repair his immune system at MaineGeneral Medical Center. The father of two has diffuse systemic scleroderma a disease that leads to the overproduction of collagen and the hardening of connective tissues and organs.

The 52-year-old is now watching and waiting to see if the treatment has helped. Meanwhile, he has pledged to form a non-profit to help those with serious illness manage their health care.

Rubenstein said his experience has shown him you have to be the captain of your own medical ship, and he is working with an attorney to craft his new project organization.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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