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Alex’s Burn Recovery Fund

$20,816 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 537 people in 4 months
Created July 12, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Christy Childress
I am not one to ask for help I am always helping other people whenever and wherever I can, but now I am in need of help. 

I was working at my summer landscaping job trying to make a little extra spending money before leaving for college at Virginia Tech, when I unknowingly cut down and carried a “giant hogweed” plant. The sap of this plant causes a reaction after it comes in contact with your skin and then your skin is exposed to the sun. I suffered second and third degree burns on my face and arm.  I was transferred to the Burn ICU at VCU and treated for 3 days but still have daily wound care which requires debriding the burns to remove dead skin. 

I wont be able to work the rest of the summer, and we also don’t know if my employers’ insurance is going to cover medical bills. I have a scholarship to Virginia Tech with the Army ROTC but I may end up loosing it now because of medical disqualification. 

If you can help it would be great. I will use any funds for supplies for college if I can still attend this fall, and medical bills from being in the Burn ICU. 

Below is the link to the local news story I did to help bring awareness to this horrible plant. Please watch. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/KarinaNBC12/videos/1832673003445247/
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I have gotten a lot of messages on how I’m doing, just wanted to let everyone know I am hanging in there. Wound care is painful, these are some pictures of afterwards. I still have a long way to go to completely heal. Thank you everyone for your donations, prayers and support.
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My mom has talked to the ROTC department and I will not be able to sign my scholarship contact until I am medically cleared and we have no idea when that might be because of the unknown time I may be sensitive to sunlight, and with VTCC/ROTC it will be near impossible to participate without being in the sun. So I have changed my goal amount based on the news received. I want to sincerely thank everyone for all their support and prayers.
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$20,816 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 537 people in 4 months
Created July 12, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Christy Childress
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