Parker has been in my life since he was born, not only am I "Auntie Michelle" I also get the privelege of working with Parker. Giselle (Parker's mom) & I have been best friends for over twenty years. Asking for help is very difficult for Giselle, she would give her son the world if she could. However being a single mother of two boys can be costly, along with other medical expenses needed for Parker. On behalf of Giselle & Parker I am asking for help to give Parker what he deserves in life.
Parker is a loving, kind and fun 14 year old boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a condition that causes progressive weakness & loss of muscle mass. His organs will eventually be affected & DMD will eventually take his life. Parker has lost all movement from his waist down & is wheelchair bound. He is slowly losing all muscle movement in his arms. Parker is a great candidate for mechanical arms now, in years time they maybe useless.
Therefore, my goal is to raise enough money to accomplish two things:
1. To purchase mechanical arms- Mechanical arms are a device that has been designed & built by Blake Mathie of Talem Technology. These arms will improve the quality of Parkers life. The cost is approx $7500 Canadian. As Parker loses more muscle strength the mechanical arms will continue to offer him support that he will need. (simple tasks that we take for granted such as; feeding ourselves, throwing a ball or adjusting our glasses are all very difficult for Parker to do.
2. Parker's bucket list- Parker wrote out a list a few months back and with the help of some amazing friends, family and the community he was able to check off a few items. My goal is to complete his list for him, not because Parker sits around and feels sorry for himself, but because he deserves to accomplish all his goals & enjoy life to its fullest. Parker does not let DMD define who he is, this young man amazes me everyday with his courage & love for life.
I love Parker like he is my own and in reality we know its a race against time to give him everything he deserves & to improve his quality of life!!
With the help of everyone, whether you donate, share this page or even educate yourself about DMD we can do this together!! Thank you for all your continued support.
- Andrea Burnside
- G S
- Melissa Piatkiewicz
- Taylor Brazier
- Anon ymous
Organizer and beneficiary
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