Christine Can Do It!

Every person you encounter in life has a story. Just over four years ago when I meet the Gonzalez family I had no idea the story they were living out and the crosses they had to carry each day. The family of three includes a beautiful daughter who joined us for youth events from day one, but the mom and dad are the picture of silent suffering.

Richard - the dad - has been taking care of his mom who has had an advanced form dimentia for years. Christine - the mom - tirelessly served at her side so as to keep her in their home. However, Christine (aka Chris) has been fighting her own health battle for sometime as well.

She's had a mass on her brain stem for a number of years possibly for most of her life. However, over the past five years it has manifested itself in the form of perpetual migraines, leading to an inability to drive and due other simple day-to-day functions. Bleeding near the mass increased and could easily turn fatal.

Richard and Christine went to numerous world class hospitals seeking a solution to the mass on her brain stem. Time and time again she was told that any surgery would likly lead to sure death due to the proximity of the mass to her brain stem .

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota was the only facility willing to perform surgery. So on July 6 of this year Chris Gonzalez under went what most said would be an impossible surgery.

The past two months have included comas, fighting for transportation to a closer rehab facility, & ongoing battles with the insurance companies...all the while Chris has tirelessly fought to regain control over all of her extremities. Daily she undergoes PT, OT and speech therapy which have enabled her to make great strides since arriving at the facility. However, with less than 48 hours notice the insurance company is cutting off funds despite promising 120 days of rehabilitative care yet only being 37 days into said care. Therefore the rehab facility is evicting her unless the husband is able to pay to $10,000 for each month...and that does not even include the basic supplies she needs as well.

This page is an attempt to make a dent… Hopefully a large dent in the funds needed in order for Chris to even have a chance to One day have her life back.

She can't articulate words yet but if she could and somebody else were in her shoes she who would tirelessly fight to help that situation.

Please share this page and know that every little bit helps!

Thank you! #ChrisCanDoIt
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sarah Ginther 
Organizer
Leesburg, VA
Richard Gonzalez 
Beneficiary
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