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Aid Chris' Route to Recovery!

$34,149 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 184 people in 8 months
Created January 29, 2018

Note: This GoFundMe was created by Christopher's close friends so his family can focus on Chris' ongoing care. Your gifts go directly from GoFundMe to Chris' parents.


Christopher Martin suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during a climbing trip on January 18, 2018. (Chris' helmet saved his life.) He was airlifted to a Level 1 Trauma Center in critical condition with a fractured skull and intracranial bleeding. He required emergency surgery involving removal of part of his skull in order to treat the swelling of his brain and the bleeding inside his skull. Because of the delicate nature of the brain, this merely marked the start of his long journey towards recovery.

Chris being evacuated from the canyon via helicopter

At the time of his accident, Chris was 25 years old and climbing at an expert level (5.12 grade) within only 18 months of picking up the sport - a legitimate climbing prodigy. He achieved that proficiency through relentless hard work fueled by an intense love for the sport; this passion for climbing permeated all aspects of his life. His enthusiasm has been contagious within the local climbing community and his sense of humor and huge heart have charmed everyone he's met.


The permanent impacts on Chris' physical and cognitive faculties as well as his personality are unknown. The window of significant recovery from a TBI is generally considered to be two years and smaller improvements often continue beyond this period. We won't know what Chris' ultimate level of recovery will be until he gets there. As a result, we cannot know when or in what capacity Chris will be able to return to work or lead an independent life.

27352376_1517538461.0242_funddescriptionChris on his feet for the first time - still unable to speak - two weeks post-accident

However, one certainty is that Chris needs extensive, high-quality rehabilitation in order to give him the best chance of returning to his lifestyle prior to this injury.


Chris' accident took place 1,700 miles away from his life in the Chicago area. His parents immediately flew from their home in central Illinois to be with their son and will need to stay with him for the foreseeable future, with their own lives taking a backseat to Chris' emergency.

Chris means so much to so many people... your contributions mean so much to all of the lives he's touched. Your gifts will go towards Chris' medical bills and rehab programs as well as the significant living/travel/displacement expenses of Chris and his parents.

Please also help us aid Chris' route to recovery by sharing this campaign.

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We have some great news to share and some unfortunate news to share:

Chris was able to move back into his apartment and return to work on July 18th.

Shortly thereafter, Chris suffered a seizure.

We are hoping this was due to all of the changes Chris has been going through lately and will not become a chronic issue, but all we can do is wait and hope.

Regardless, Chris will need another medical clearance to return to work and he will not be able to drive for at least half a year. This is a huge hindrance to Chris' independence and yet another financial burden. We greatly appreciate your continued support.
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Chris' cranioplasty was a success and he recently returned to central Illinois following a subsequent procedure to remove the surgical staples.

In addition to thanking all of our personal donors I would also like to thank these generous organizations for their support:
Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights
NinjaGuise
Dog Patch SF
George Street Pub
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Chris has been staying with his parents in central Illinois for a few weeks. His condition has been improving.

Chris' cranioplasty has finally been scheduled to take place next week in Arizona. He will be receiving an alloplastic implant in lieu of his original skull flap to reduce the risk of complications. This is a major surgery that is expected to require a minimum of ten more days in the hospital and a few more weeks away from home for Chris and his parents.

As always we thank you for your generous support and ask that you please continue helping to spread the word about Chris. His recovery is far from over and he and his family could really use our assistance.
Chris at his parents' home with Abby
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Chris has been released from the hospital and - pending another doctor visit - will soon travel with his parents to stay with them at their home in central Illinois. We are very happy he is doing well enough to be out of the hospital.

Chris' skull flap (which was removed to treat the swelling of his brain) will not be replaced for another month, which will require an additional surgery and recovery period in Arizona so the procedure can be performed by his existing neurosurgeon.

In the meantime, Chris' parents are working on enrolling him in an outpatient rehabilitation program, which is likely to be located about 100 miles away from their home.

All of this travel is inconvenient and expensive but necessary to make sure Chris is given the best care. Thank you for your generous gifts thus far and please continue to share. We have real hope that Chris will eventually be able to lead an independent life again with continued hard work and the support of his family, friends, and medical staff.
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