Moving with Chris to Atlanta

In 2005 I received a call from my 29 year old son, Christopher. "Mom, I have MS." My heart stopped. He had already been thru so much, being diagnosed with Hodgkins Limphoma at age 17. A year of chemo rounds and radiation, he beat it. He was now engaged and had a 7 year old step-son. And now, this! A graffitti artist, he worked for a printing company working 60 hour weeks. Now, he was too tired to even get out of bed.

Well, his girlfriend left  him and he had to move in with his dad and step-mom. He went from walking with a cane, to a walker, to a wheelchair. Five years later, after a failed marriage and living. again, with his father, he moved up to Tallahassee to live with me. His health had deteriorated, he had intention tremmors and spastic muscles. He had difficulty feeding himself. He spent most of his days in bed.

Over the past 6 year he has gotten worse. He can no longer transfer for chair to comode or back into bed. He cannot stand up to get in my car. His sight is also failing.

He has been on 5 different MS medications, but continues to get worse. From Relapsing/Remitting MS he now has secondary progressive MS. He last relapse landed him in the hospital 2 weeks and a "rehab" health facility for 4 weeks, back in the hospital again and back to rehab almost an hour away for Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Chris's father passed away in March, 2016. He was my back up, the relief pitcher, the one who could make Chris laugh and laugh. Being Dominican, he was always quick with a smile, a joke and of course, a dance or two. We miss him very much. His dream was to see Chris walk again. I want to make that happen. I have had 3 heart attacks and last December I had a mild stroke. I am still working 8 hour days. But I worry what will happen to Chris if my health gets worse.

They are having such good results with the Stem Cell therapy in Canada. Total remission and reversal of symptoms. My 6'2" son could stand and walk again. He could see again to paint. His hands and arms would be steady, not tremoring.  He wants to move there and get what is not available in the USA. It will cost alot.

Any funds will be used for both of us to move to Canada, live there, housing, food, transportation to qualify for healthcare and get the transplant.

"The treatment performed at our clinics is a breakthrough medical procedure where Stem Cells (cellular building blocks) are usually administered intravenously and subcutaneously (under the skin) in Multiple Sclerosis patients. The whole procedure takes approximately one hour and has no known negative side effects." Stem Cell of America website
Chris and his sister at an art show in Miami to benefit Chris's medical bills. 2009

Any donation will be so welcome and appreciated. You will be saving his life and and mine.
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Organizer

Cathy L Johnson 
Organizer
Tallahassee, FL
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