"One Night to Change a life for Chris Bedard"
Saturday, November 10, 2012
7:00pm until 11:00pm in EST
Come join us at Holly Hills Country Club for a delicious and fun filled evening to benefit Chris Bedard. Some of the features of the evening will include:
- Cupcake War and tasting - to be judged by local celebrity chefs
- Wine Tasting
- Carving Stations
- Live and Silent Auction
- Raffles and Door Prizes
- Cash bar
- 21 and older
For information on tickets, donations, and/or sponsorships, please call 301-874-5879, or Chris's PPF* webpage:
To purchase tickets for this event please click the link below:
Check the box that reads PPF recipient's donation. Enter $75 for each ticket you wish to purchase. In the comment box enter the total number of tickets and the words "BEDARD CUPCAKES". Your tickets will be held at will call the night of the event.
Can't make the event? Join Chris's crew by making a $50, $100, $250 or $500 donation and enter "CHRIS'S CREW" in the comment box. You'll change a life!
Read other posts for more details about Chris, an impressive 16 year old athlete who survived a deadly staph infection and has handled his amputation and other challenges along the way with maturity beyond his years.
Chris is a lovable, caring, athletic and free spirited Junior attending Urbana High School. In late October 2011 Chris attracted a life threatening systemic staph infection (MSSA). He went into multiple organ failure including his kidneys. Every breath was a struggle. Chris was flown to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit from a local hospital where he spent the next 4 months fighting for his life and recovery. His family was told he had a 30% chance of survival.
Through the grace of God, a world class medical team at JHH PICU and the support of an entire community Chris' won his battle against being in Septic Shock with MSSA and Pseudomonas. He did however pay a heavy price. Chris became a BKA and lost the lower half of his left leg due to complications from Pseudomonas and a lack of perfusion to his leg and foot.
Always the optimist Chris' comment following the amputation was "it's a small price to pay, at least I'm alive".
While Chris and his family are uncomfortable with asking for financial help, many would like to contribute and continue to support Chris. If you would like to contribute, please click the link on this page or send donations to PPF, Inc., in the name of Chris Bedard.
Let's all do what we can to show we care and make a difference for an incredible young man and a special family.
Sept 9th Update!
Chris has been in and out of Johns Hopkins a couple times for more leg surgeries since his discharge in March 2012. His latest surgery (number 21) was July 3rd, 2012, when another skin graft had to be performed to the end of his stump, due to the pseudomonas infection he acquired while in the hospital. The medical team kept Chris overnight and did an MRI as well, to rule out Osteomylitis (bone infection).
During the follow up visit, 2 weeks following the July 3rd graft, Chris' doctor informed us that the new graft was being compromised by the infection. At that time he decided that Chris would need an oral antibiotic, along with the continued topical antibiotic. In July they also found out that Chris has acquired a complication in his leg called heterotrophic ossification(HO), which is the process by which bone tissue forms outside of the skeleton. This sometimes occurs with young amputees and can be painful and interfere with getting a comfortable fit with a prosthetic. Chris' Plastic Surgeon is monitoring this condition and if it should worsen he may have to operate to remove it.
We are hoping this latest graft and continued wound care will allow Chris to heal completely so he can move forward and get the prosthetic leg that he has been hoping and praying for since November 2011!
Chris is continuing to have physical therapy to help prevent a contracture from forming in his knee and to strengthen his lungs and heart. Chris is still on blood pressure medication for hypertension and a heart condition called ventricular dysfunction.
Chris continues to go for EKG's and Echocardiograms every other month to monitor the condition and see if any progress has been made.
Chris' spirits are still very good despite these setbacks. He tries to always be positive and he is very excited to get on with learning about prosthetics and the kind he would like to get. He is especially interested in ones that will allow him to go swimming at our community pools and one to be able to get back into the sports he loved to play (Football and Basketball).
Thank you again to everyone involved with Chris' care and for your prayers and support. Your continued prayers, support and generosity are sincerely appreciated.
Hoping our next update will be informing everyone that Chris has a new leg and can walk!
Love and hugs from Chris and the entire Bedard Family!