Samuel Mckoy-Johnson is a 15 year-old male teen that suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) more commonly known as "Brittle Bones Disease." Osteogensis Imperfecta is congenital bone disorder characterized by brittle bones that are prone to fractures and breaks. People with OI are born with defective connective tissue, or without the ability to make it, usually because of a deficiency of type I collagen. Samuel limbs were too flexible, and his head seemed a little large for the rest of his body. At birth, Samuel suffered over 100 fractures. Since then, he has broken 15 large bones, and has had countless, broken ribs, legs and broken arms. Samuel has had all of his long bones in his arms and legs rodded with metal rods to prevent fractures. In 2013 Samuel's metal rods was removed out of his left arm because they came out through his bones almost puncturing through the skin. Now Samuel is suffering from scoliosis, which is causing severe pain in his lower back and causes shortness of breath.
Samuel is currently a 9th grade student at Spring Grove Area High. In addition, Samuel is an Honor Roll Student, formally a chorus member and has been nominated by his school counselor to the Link Crew to indoctrinate incoming freshman this upcoming 2015/2016 school year. Despite the obstacles of being a teenager with OI, Samuel has a very positive outlook on life and prefers to focus on the things he can do, instead of the things he can not. His attitude towards life has blossomed into quite an impressive slate of accomplishments. Also Samuel enjoys attending church where he sings on the choir and participates in youth groups. Like kids of the 21st century, he is a gamer and he loves social media. Samuel has gotten quite heavy over the years and difficult to care for without the use of medical equipment at home. Samuel's father is Disable American Veteran that suffers with severe lower back pain caused by herniated discs and spinal stenosis. Sadly, last year Samuel's mother was diagnose with bulging discs in her back from lifting him.
Therefore, we are requesting financial assistance for necessary medical equipment such as stair lift, wheel chair ramp and vehicle lift for his wheel chair. This is not a scam to get money, Samuel is really in need of help with his medical equipments.