A "Balancedback" Surgery for my mom

My name is Shaunna Lalonde.  Beside me in the picture above is my Amazing Mom, Stephanie Wilson. My mother has been diagnosed with some pretty complicated spine issues that only can be fixed by having OUT of the country surgery because its not done in Canada.  If you have been sent this fund campaign notice,  it's because I am trying to reach out to as many people that we know.   If we're lucky, you'll even pass this along to others you may know that might be  interested in helping as well.    This Surgery will bring my mom back to life so to speak.  For The last 2 years I watched her symptoms get worse and worse. When I came home last time, she was unable to walk more than 1 blocks without feeling severe pain & numbness. The sciatic nerve pain shoots down BOTH legs constantly even when she's lying down. It  breaks my heart because she wants so badly to be working and living without medication for pain. 

It took my mom over a year to get in to see a back specialist. First she saw a chiropractor, then an acupuncturist, a massage therapist and a physiotherapist. Finally she had an appointment with a surgeon. After many appointments and second opinions, my mother was diagnosed with grade 2 spondylolysis, 3 herniated disc,  spinal stenosis on multiple levels and arthritis in her spine the equivalent of a 90 year old.

My mom has had her surgery and we have some fantastic news. When the orthopedic surgeon opened her up  he was able to clean up and relieved the spinal cord stenosis without having to implant  multi-levels balancedback devices. Dr. Hodges was certain that only one level at L4-L5 needed a full joint replacement. Securing the slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis ) So in saying that the damaged disc and arthriticfassett joints we're totally removed and a blancedback prosthetic implant was inserted. This  has cut the amount from 65,000. Down To 45,000. My mom has paid $20,000. So all we need to raise now is $25,000 
This surgery  is not performed here in Canada,  and it is not covered by OHIP or private insurance.  My mom  (Stephanie) is hoping that by January 30th when the next installment needs to be paid, we will have enough money raised , with your help to pay it off. This cost covers everything other than her rehabilitation time off work. 

To all my friends that have hung out,  spent any time at my house and everyone that Stephanie has helped over the years; If there is a way that you're able to donate any amount she would be blessed.  For those of you that know us,  You know that she is one of a kind.  My mom is thoughtful, kind and caring. She is always taking the back seat  to others, helping anyone and everyone that needs her. Right now she needs us !

Stephanie was a firefighter on the Tay Township Fire Department for over 8  years.  Most days on call 24/7.  She Opened and Operated a private Pre school called The Out Back Learning Shack and volunteered as an assistant coach for my swim team plus taught swimming  lessons.  My mom always helped out with all my school trips and sports teams.  Being active was my mother's lifestyle, playing sports her whole life until now.  Six years ago she became one of Mount St.Louis greatest ski Instructors, So I'm told.  She loved that job.  She loves children and skiing.  She would love to get back to that again.  I'm hoping that with the help and compassion of all OUR Family and Friends that this will be the BEST BIRTHDAY present Ever. The surgery has takin place in the Cayman Islands, by a team of highly specialised surgeon. The device is call  "Balancedback". It has been invented and designed by the two surgeons that performed her surgery along with their team. 
  www.BalancedBack.com
Thank you so Very very much for all your support. 
God Bless You

Shaunna L Lalonde.

Donations

  • Nellie Brodie 
    • $50 
    • 20 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 20 mos
  • Bobbie Valentino 
    • $30 
    • 20 mos
  • Sharon Cominsky 
    • $100 
    • 20 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 20 mos
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Fundraising team: Stay Strong Stephanie (4)

Stephanie Wilson 
Organizer
Raised $500 from 3 donations
Shaunna Lalonde 
Beneficiary
Shaunna Lalonde 
Team member
Raised $670 from 6 donations
Jennifer Buttineau 
Team member
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