Support for Chris

$128,656 of $150k goal

Raised by 2,145 people in 18 months
Candis Sanna
on behalf of Chris Sanna
 SAINT LOUIS, MO
Mothers everywhere know that the time you have with your children are the most treasured moments in your life. Those cherished moments occur less as your children grow older and become independent.


As a mother of four sons there are few moments I can look back to and fondly remember having each of my boys, each unique and individual in his own way, yet all completely of me, together in a single place at once.
My oldest son, Chris, joined me and my other three sons who had made trips from their homes throughout the country along with their families to celebrate my 60th birthday to watch the St. Louis Cardinals. This rare, and precious night turned into every mother's worst nightmare. Chris was shot while walking back to his car from Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.


Chris served in the Army for 6 years, I watched him grow, become a man, a soldier- and now he will likely never walk again. Chris and my family need your support to help for his ongoing care in addition to the medical bills and preparation for a challenging future.

http://www.kmov.com/clip/11876752/late-night-armed-robbery-leaves-man-in-the-hospital
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 8.4K total shares
Update 86
Posted by Candis Sanna
3 months ago
   Share
1
1
December 17, 2016
Yesterday was an important day in the lives of Chris sanna and kilwa jones as well as their families and friends. It was the state guilty plea and sentencing of kilwa on nine felony counts.

After the judge communicated with Chris just chatting about his childhood and education along with parents be made the comment that 'kilwa may have destroyed your body but he didn't touch your heart'. He went on to comment that in all his years as a judge he had never seen a more forgiving and compassionate victim. He admitted that he didn't think he could be so forgiving. As the tears flowed down my cheeks all I could do is listen to the comments from this wonderful judge and feel the proudest I have ever been of my son. I had just had surgery two weeks prior and until that moment was dying with pain. All my pain was gone as I listened to the profound comments from this man. I was so happy that I made it to this sentencing just to be of support for Chris.

I can't believe how difficult it must be for Chris but he seems so forgiving and actually even feels
Sorry for this man who changed his life forever. It's a true statement if you pray God will touch your heart ❤️ with forgiveness. It's just unbelievable. If you weren't there you can't believe it. The fact that he has purchased gift cards for this mans children for Christmas is amazing. God certainly has touched him and has a plan for
Him.

Kilwa on the other hand wasn't so kind. Even after Chris kind impact statement kilwa just made nasty comments. It was quite a disappointment and completely unexpected. The judge did not appear to be affected. Ultimately he got 40 years to run concurrently with the federal case which he will have an additional 5 years. He will have the chance for parole after he serves 85% of the 40. We can only pray that somehow God touches his heart by then and he appreciates what has been done for
His children. Since our family plans to support visit and incorporate them into our lives. Those children are not going to suffer. We hope that his daughter and son learn to love us as we will them. It is my mission to help
Them and their mother.

As I end this update I want to thank each of you who have so generously helped Chris since he is now just on disability. He has had a huge adjustment financially and your support is an amazing help with medical and living expenses. We could never find the words to
Show enough appreciation. I write this with tears because it's your that has saved me and helped me endure this tragedy. There is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer as Chris has. I had major surgery two weeks ago and I am feeling the pain he still has. I don't know how he does it. It is unbelievable.

Thank you all again so very much. Happy holidays
And God bless each of your for being so gracious and generous. ❤️️❤️️❤️️
+ Read More
Update 85
Posted by Candis Sanna
4 months ago
   Share
Monday, November 6, 2016. It's just been
A few days since the sentencing and I am overwhelmed with the love and support we have received from so many. Every where I turn I get love and hugs from family, friends and even strangers. So many wonderful people have closely watched this case and have prayed with me that justice would be served. We feel justice was served in the crime. However, our hearts ache for
The children of the assailant. It doesn't surprise me at all the Chris heart goes out to those children. He was on the Charlie Brennan show today and even Charlie is surprised that Chris wants to visit the children of his assailant. I received an email from a lady who said "what a powerful message of healing the racial divide in our community that sends". I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of Chris that he has not allowed this tragedy to be about anything other than a crime of robbery and assault. He is so amazing and forgiving with a heart of gold.
Thank you again for your generosity and support. I am so grateful!!!!
+ Read More
Update 84
Posted by Candis Sanna
4 months ago
   Share
1
1
Today November 3, 2016, the sentencing was given to the man who shot Chris a little over one year ago. The judge had a choice of 25-35 years and she chose the max. Unfortunately this sentencing will not bring back the life Chris had prior to that horrific night. The positive that I see here is that the judge did her job and handed down the appropriate sentence. We hear so many times that the judges let
These criminals out on the streets to soon. In this case he will have to serve at least 85% of 35 years. I am thankful to the federal prosecutor and his staff that did an amazing job on this case. The detectives and the county police that did so much to put this man behind bars. Most of all I
Am thankful to the judge who did the right thing. This restores what little faith I had in the justice system.

Kilwa Jones gave a sincere apology to everyone that his mistake affected including his own family. It doesn't change the outcome but it shows he is remorseful.
Chris will struggle the rest of his life and this won't bring his legs back. He has expressed concern for kilwas children and breaking the cycle where father end up In jail
Then son. That may be what God has in mind for him. It would be inspirational for his children and an emotional growth for Chris.

Thank you to everyone reading this message. I
Am so thankful for all your prayers and gifts. It's a new
Day and we
Can only pray for Chris to continue healing. ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️
+ Read More
Update 83
Posted by Candis Sanna
6 months ago
   Share
Today, September 23, 2016, it's just two days prior to the one year anniversary of the worst night of Chris' life. It is so hard to believe it's been a full year since Chris' life was turned upside down. With everything that has happened in the past year the time seemed to fly by, while at the same time seemed so slow. Chris is still adapting to his new life. It's a very difficult adjustment both physically and mentally to be confined to a wheelchair. Just taking a shower is a monumental task when you can't move below the waist. However, while Chris is making adjustments to his life and learning to cope, he reflects on the kindness and generosity of so many people. The donations and volunteers along with the Gary Sinise Foundation have allowed him to focus on his recovery. As a mother, the pain never fades. Every time I watch him struggle with just getting in or out of the chair my heart breaks. All I can do is support him and pray that he can adapt to this new way of life that none of us were prepared for. We will be with him on Sunday, September 25 and pray that he continues to heal and improve with each passing day. In just two weeks we will learn the sentence the judge will issue to the perpretrator. We are hoping and praying for the maximum sentence of 35 years. A lifetime could never be enough to give back what he has taken from Chris.
Thank you to everyone reading this update. Since you are one of the many that have helped Chris and his entire family endure this nightmare. God bless each of you for being so generous and caring. I pray that you know how grateful we are!
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 8.4K total shares
Read a Previous Update
Mark Motamed
18 months ago

As a Veteran of the Army myself, it infuriates me that Veterans have to put up with senseless violence in their beloved country they fought to defend and protect. I wish Christopher a speedy recovery, and the subhumans who did this to him and your family swift and unrelenting justice. They should be hunted down like rabid dogs. God Bless you and your family

+ Read More
Jennifer Hall
17 months ago

This is Nelda Granderson and Gregory Houston from Diner's Delight Restaurant located at 1504 South Compton Ave. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to dine in or carry-out lunch or dinner on us. Please visit our website at dinersdelightstl.com or call us at 314-776-9570.

+ Read More
Michael Kelly
18 months ago
7
7

Chris and family, thank you for your service. As a fellow Soldier, I personally understand the sacrifices that you and your family have made for our nation. As a St. Louisian, I know the passion for our city and our teams. Glad to see that everyone is rallying to take care of a brother. You will prevail and make the most of a terrible event. Wishing you and your family the best in this challenging time.

+ Read More
Debbie Kleb
18 months ago
6
6

Contact Aid toVictims of Crime they helped me with dr bills. You're in my prayers!

+ Read More
Jay Rodenhofer Bearden
18 months ago
6
6

I feel just awful for this man and his whole family. I can't imagine the pain & heart break you all must feel. Prayers for strength and healing. It's a horrible shame that STL has to be known for this kind of horrid senseless crime. Blessings to you all.

+ Read More
Kissell Nana
18 months ago
6
6

Msg Kissell & family are praying for you! He would love to talk to you, so sorry this happened to such a great guy! Hope to hear from you soon.... Sending ((HUGS)) Love & Prayers!!

+ Read More
Mary Ellen McGauley
18 months ago
6
6

Prayers going to the family, stay strong.

+ Read More
Sam Salamone
18 months ago
6
6

Praying for you STAY STRONG!

+ Read More
Mary S. Duncan
18 months ago
6
6

So sorry just a senseless act and sorry your son is paying for it. God Bless and I am praying for his speedy recovery. I believe in miracles.

+ Read More
Susan Carol Orlos
17 months ago
5
5

It means so much, these updates. Thank you for taking the time. I know that it also helps you actively "do" something in a very helpless=seeming time. But I quietly remind you as a mom and as a minister that your faith, calm, hope and mostly your LOVE IS MOVING MOUNTAINS! And not only in your family, but in ripples that reach out to thousands. Be strong and take the love. It is for you and with you through Christ. Hugs. Eat pie. Laugh. He looks awesome given the situation but we know his mom! We know the stuff he's made of. Keeping prayers.

+ Read More
Robin Reichwein Woodruff
18 months ago
5
5

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris. My husband served 20 years in the Navy his last at Desert Storm. We always thank any veterans we run across for their service...a big THANK YOU to Chris for his service

+ Read More
Allison Verde-Haum
17 months ago
4
4

I'm praying for Chris and everyone in your family. God has giving you such grace. With prayer and the mercy of God Chris will have a full recovery. Praying daily, Allison (Wildwood YMCA insturctor)

+ Read More
Magz Campos
18 months ago
4
4

First and for most, Thank you for your service to our country. My heart goes out to you and your family. May GOD heal you completely. May he wrap you in his arms and give you comfort during this time of tragedy. So sorry this has happened to you. May this criminal (Animal) that had the nerve to check your pockets after he robbed and shot you be caught and get life or, more so, death for this senseless crime. GOD BLESS YOU and your family.

+ Read More
Heather Michel
17 months ago
3
3

Praying for your family & Chris

+ Read More
Rachael Winters
18 months ago
3
3

I would really like to donate something, and will Friday, but if its ok with family of Chris, I would like to come and visit Chris and personally thank him for all he did for this country. If someone can get back with me , let me know I would really appreciate it.God blesd you and your family.

+ Read More
Linda Browne
18 months ago
3
3

Sending love and prayers for you and your family. My husband is a Veteran and we would like to thank you for your service. I'm so sorry that this happened to you. May God give you strength to get through this. God Bless.

+ Read More
Walter Hurt
18 months ago
3
3

praying for my fellow army veterans chris stay wrong buddy

+ Read More
Melinda Jacob
18 months ago
3
3

I have no words for the sadness my heart feels that this ever happened. My prayers are with Christopher and the family of this young man. May God heal him and may he find strength in our Lord.

+ Read More
Lou Ann Watson
18 months ago
3
3

my heart is saddened by this senseless act of irrational cruelty. an entire generation of soulless individuals have been allowed time and again to victimize even the most noble among us. my prayers are with Chris, his family and his caretakers.

+ Read More
Peter Boros
18 months ago
3
3

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers for you to make a full recovery. Stay strong.

+ Read More

$128,656 of $150k goal

Raised by 2,145 people in 18 months
Created September 27, 2015
Candis Sanna  
on behalf of Chris Sanna
CA
$20
cynthia avila
2 months ago
CM
$50
Cuyler McGinley
3 months ago
PP
$50
Peggy Phillips
3 months ago
$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
$30
Anonymous
3 months ago
AC
$10
Antonia Callahan
3 months ago

God Bless, still pulling for you!!

KE
$100
Kim English
3 months ago
JS
$100
John Schilling
3 months ago
JC
$30
Jeanne Cotter
3 months ago
KC
$100
Kathleen Carter
3 months ago
Mark Motamed
18 months ago

As a Veteran of the Army myself, it infuriates me that Veterans have to put up with senseless violence in their beloved country they fought to defend and protect. I wish Christopher a speedy recovery, and the subhumans who did this to him and your family swift and unrelenting justice. They should be hunted down like rabid dogs. God Bless you and your family

+ Read More
Jennifer Hall
17 months ago

This is Nelda Granderson and Gregory Houston from Diner's Delight Restaurant located at 1504 South Compton Ave. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to dine in or carry-out lunch or dinner on us. Please visit our website at dinersdelightstl.com or call us at 314-776-9570.

+ Read More
Michael Kelly
18 months ago
7
7

Chris and family, thank you for your service. As a fellow Soldier, I personally understand the sacrifices that you and your family have made for our nation. As a St. Louisian, I know the passion for our city and our teams. Glad to see that everyone is rallying to take care of a brother. You will prevail and make the most of a terrible event. Wishing you and your family the best in this challenging time.

+ Read More
Debbie Kleb
18 months ago
6
6

Contact Aid toVictims of Crime they helped me with dr bills. You're in my prayers!

+ Read More
Jay Rodenhofer Bearden
18 months ago
6
6

I feel just awful for this man and his whole family. I can't imagine the pain & heart break you all must feel. Prayers for strength and healing. It's a horrible shame that STL has to be known for this kind of horrid senseless crime. Blessings to you all.

+ Read More
Kissell Nana
18 months ago
6
6

Msg Kissell & family are praying for you! He would love to talk to you, so sorry this happened to such a great guy! Hope to hear from you soon.... Sending ((HUGS)) Love & Prayers!!

+ Read More
Mary Ellen McGauley
18 months ago
6
6

Prayers going to the family, stay strong.

+ Read More
Sam Salamone
18 months ago
6
6

Praying for you STAY STRONG!

+ Read More
Mary S. Duncan
18 months ago
6
6

So sorry just a senseless act and sorry your son is paying for it. God Bless and I am praying for his speedy recovery. I believe in miracles.

+ Read More
Susan Carol Orlos
17 months ago
5
5

It means so much, these updates. Thank you for taking the time. I know that it also helps you actively "do" something in a very helpless=seeming time. But I quietly remind you as a mom and as a minister that your faith, calm, hope and mostly your LOVE IS MOVING MOUNTAINS! And not only in your family, but in ripples that reach out to thousands. Be strong and take the love. It is for you and with you through Christ. Hugs. Eat pie. Laugh. He looks awesome given the situation but we know his mom! We know the stuff he's made of. Keeping prayers.

+ Read More
Robin Reichwein Woodruff
18 months ago
5
5

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris. My husband served 20 years in the Navy his last at Desert Storm. We always thank any veterans we run across for their service...a big THANK YOU to Chris for his service

+ Read More
Allison Verde-Haum
17 months ago
4
4

I'm praying for Chris and everyone in your family. God has giving you such grace. With prayer and the mercy of God Chris will have a full recovery. Praying daily, Allison (Wildwood YMCA insturctor)

+ Read More
Magz Campos
18 months ago
4
4

First and for most, Thank you for your service to our country. My heart goes out to you and your family. May GOD heal you completely. May he wrap you in his arms and give you comfort during this time of tragedy. So sorry this has happened to you. May this criminal (Animal) that had the nerve to check your pockets after he robbed and shot you be caught and get life or, more so, death for this senseless crime. GOD BLESS YOU and your family.

+ Read More
Heather Michel
17 months ago
3
3

Praying for your family & Chris

+ Read More
Rachael Winters
18 months ago
3
3

I would really like to donate something, and will Friday, but if its ok with family of Chris, I would like to come and visit Chris and personally thank him for all he did for this country. If someone can get back with me , let me know I would really appreciate it.God blesd you and your family.

+ Read More
Linda Browne
18 months ago
3
3

Sending love and prayers for you and your family. My husband is a Veteran and we would like to thank you for your service. I'm so sorry that this happened to you. May God give you strength to get through this. God Bless.

+ Read More
Walter Hurt
18 months ago
3
3

praying for my fellow army veterans chris stay wrong buddy

+ Read More
Melinda Jacob
18 months ago
3
3

I have no words for the sadness my heart feels that this ever happened. My prayers are with Christopher and the family of this young man. May God heal him and may he find strength in our Lord.

+ Read More
Lou Ann Watson
18 months ago
3
3

my heart is saddened by this senseless act of irrational cruelty. an entire generation of soulless individuals have been allowed time and again to victimize even the most noble among us. my prayers are with Chris, his family and his caretakers.

+ Read More
Peter Boros
18 months ago
3
3

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers for you to make a full recovery. Stay strong.

+ Read More
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Candis know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.