Kris Lee’s Hope for Recovery

Hello all,

First off thank you for viewing this page. From the family, loved ones and Kris himself, we appreciate it. The love and support already given helps give us strength. From small to large, your support helps and we appreciate it. Thank you.

Christopher Lee Patterson (Kris Lee), a sculpture artist and army veteran, was hiking in Runyon Canyon in LA on September 14, 2018, where he suffered a tragic accident.  He broke his neck (the C1 and C2 vertebrae). His spinal cord was not severed, but the break was devastating. He stopped breathing.

Two friends rushed to clear his airway and breathe for him, while an RN in the vicinity helped with CPR and to stabilize his neck. He was air-lifted to Cedars-Sinai where he had emergency surgery.

Chris remains in the ICU at Cedars. He is being cared for by a team of exceptional doctors, nurses and staff.

This sort of injury is often fatal but Kris was not ready to go just yet. He survived.  Surprisingly, Christopher did not suffer any brain damage. However, he is currently paralyzed from the neck down and is unable to breathe on his own. He is currently on life support to help regulate his system and keep him stable. We have seen some improvement and the doctors are working towards weaning him off the support devices.

A little about Kris:
Kris' adult life began in the Army Reserves in which he served overseas in the war as a Scout. While in the Army, Kris also attended the Seattle Art Institute pursuing his art degree. Upon graduating, he kept working on his craft. Through hard work and determination Kris soon became a phenomenal artist and started to make a name for himself.  

We are committed to helping Kris Lee recover so he can once again express himself artistically. We will encourage him to keep pressing on to fight his hardest and longest fight yet. This is just another battle we believe he will conquer.

Christopher’s recovery will not be without tremendous courage, intense medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. He will need the help and generosity of others. He has only just begun the healing process and is still learning the lifelong effects of his spinal cord injury. Due to the expensive nature of the care he will require, we are asking those who want to make a positive impact on his life to please donate. 

As we continue learning about the extent of his injury and the upcoming short and long-term care he will need we will be able to tell you exactly where your donations will go. This will continue to vary based on how his recovery goes moving forward, but in an effort to be more transparent with your gifts we have outlined some specifics below:

Transportation to a facility closer to home:
Medical transport for a vent dependent individual: 25k

Acute rehab:
Facility fees
Transport fees

In-home care costs (If this becomes an option):
Caregivers/In-home nurse
In-home care supplies
Hoyer lift 
Adaptive vehicle 
Home ADA accessible 
Adaptive computer equipment for his art 
Possible FES bike for long term health 

Long term care:
Facility fees
Adaptive equipment including updated wheel chairs not covered by insurance
Specialized rehab at private facilities that offer ongoing care beyond what insurance deems ‘necessary’
Possible stem cell treatment

In regards to the withdrawal plan, we are working on setting up a trust fund in Kris's name. All donations and gifts to Kris will be kept in this account. Kris's aunt(s), next of kin, will be the primary account manager for this trust. They will be in charge of managing the fund and paying for health care, bills, support, facilities, etc. We are hoping to have this trust set up within the next week or so, and promise to update with any changes or challenges we run into.
— 10/24/2018 UPDATE: Unfortunately due to paperwork constraints we were not able to get a trust fund set up in time. Due to ‘GoFundme’ campaign rules we have to have a withdrawal plan in place 30 days after a campaign begins. We have moved onto plan B and have opened up a donation account through Wells Fargo under Nancy Carriaga’s (Kris’s aunt and one of his primary caregivers) name. All donations from this go fund me, and any future donations, will be withdrawn into this account and used for Kris’s medical expenses and adaptive equipment as described above.

Please continue sharing your life stories, leaving comments about times had with our boy and personal experiences. These, along with your generous gifts, are giving our boy hope and motivation to keep pushing through.

There is no such thing as a donation too small. Any donation is appreciated. From expertise, personal experiences and encouragment, all are welcomed and encouraged. All prayers are needed. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

God bless Christopher.


His Family and Loved ones

September 18th, 2018
September 15th, 2018

July 14th, 2018

July 13th, 2018

October 2017

October 2016


Kris Lee's art designs - Help us help him to keep dreaming and sharing his creative gifts. 

  • Ricardo Luiz Mariano 
    • $20 
    • 13 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 18 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 18 mos
  • Joe Harford 
    • $50 
    • 19 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 19 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Danielle Castillo 
Los Angeles, CA
Nancy Carriaga 
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