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Chenoa’s Dream To Walk

"Chenoa's Dream To Walk" is raising funds for a specialized surgery for our seven-year-old daughter Chenoa-Cristina, who has cerebral palsy. The operation will alleviate some of her pain and provide her with a chance to walk and gain some independence. Please help give Chenoa a future full of hope!

About Chenoa

Chenoa is our amazing seven-year old daughter. When she was 18 months the doctors confirmed she had cerebral palsy. We don't know how or why it happened. What we know is that cerebral palsy results from an injury to the brain and affects the muscles and a person’s ability to control them. Each case of cerebral palsy is unique to the individual due to the type and severity of the brain damage. In Chenoa’s case, it affects motor function, balance, posture, coordination and causes spasticity (tight, stiff muscles) of the legs. The spasticity makes it difficult for Chenoa to coordinate her muscles, which continually contract, resulting in painfully stiff and rigid legs.

Our goal for Chenoa

We are raising money for Chenoa to have a life-changing surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). After a lot of research and speaking with expert doctors, we concluded that SDR surgery is Chenoa’s best chance to walk and become more independent.

SDR is performed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by internationally renowned neurosurgeon Dr. T.S. Park. The surgery consists of locating the nerve roots in the spine that are very spastic and cutting them. Dr. T.S. Park is the only surgeon in the world who goes into the spine removing a portion of one vertebrae, electronically stimulating the nerves to see exactly which ones are causing the spasticity which deform the bones as the child grows taller; he then cuts the specific nerves. For Chenoa, this will be life changing. Your support is invaluable to us. This will reduce or eliminate Chenoa's spasticity permanently and give her the chance to walk independently. Dr. Park has been performing SDR for 25 years and concluded over 3,000 surgeries with a 100 percent success rate.

Your help really counts! Here’s what your donations will help us achieve...
The surgery and rehabilitation we are hoping to provide for Chenoa is very expensive and is not covered by our health care system. We, as a family, have worked very hard to provide everything we can for our daughter, but we cannot do this alone. We need your help please!

We are hoping to raise CAN$150,000 which includes:

$100,000 for the SDR surgery in St. Louis and related expenses
$50,000 for the post-operation rehabilitation program.

If you would like to donate via bank deposit, you can donate to the following bank accounts:

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
IN TRUST CAD 02442-54-60085
IN TRUST USD 02442-93-69392
or online la https://www.gofundme.com/Chenoa
This operation will give Chenoa the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to walk, and to live a relatively pain-free life.

You can read more about SDR and Dr. T.S. Park here:

Thank you! With the love and support of our family, friends and Community we are hoping to make our little girl's dream come true.

Cristina Claudia     5/8/2016


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