*** If you live in the York PA area and want to go to the bingo event being hosted to raise money for this cause on May 5th, tickets are available and are $15. Please click the Facebook link down below to go to the event page for more information and how to get tickets***
This is for Chelsea White and her quest for much needed treatment. She will be traveling to Colorado to have Traumatic Brain Injury therapy.
Here is her story:
At the age of 14, Chelsea was a freshman in high school. She had just received distinguished honor roll in the first marking period and had gone to her first homecoming dance. On November 12th 2009, Chelsea was a passenger on an ATV, when the driver lost control and hit a fence. Chelsea was thrown from the ATV and hit a tree head on. The driver died at the scene of the accident. Chelsea suffered severe head trauma to her brain stem with shearing of the 2 hemispheres and a collapsed lung. At the trauma unit, she was given a 5% chance to survive the next 3 days. She did survive and was placed in induced coma for the next 6 weeks. Once out of the coma, she went to Penn State Hershey rehab, but was not able to participate in rehab. She came home in February 2010, in a vegetative state, having a feeding tube and trach.
It wasn't until July 2010 that we saw her smile for the first time in 8 months. Around October 2010, a home therapist discovered that Chelsea was responding to yes or no questions using eye blinks. What an incredible day! But Chelsea was still in her shell of a body.
Over the next few years, Chelsea had surgery on her feet, in hopes to be able to walk again. The trach was able to be removed in November 2011. She returned to school in a neurologically impaired classroom, accompanied by a nurse. In March of 2013, surgery was done on Chelsea's left hand, which allowed her to be able to type into software on an iPad and communicate with others. She still has the amazing personality she always had!
Our life has been consumed by the tragedy. Running from physical therapy, occupational therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, speech therapy, cranial sacral therepy, neuromuscular skeletal therapy and in summer 2018, therapeutic horsemanship.
From May 2018-December 2018, Chelsea trialed a medication that allowed her to move her body more and even was able to ride a horse, walk alone in the swimming pool and even take 20 steps, all on her own! Unfortunately she was having horrible side effects from the medication and we had to stop giving it to her on January 4 2019. The effects of stopping the medication, were devastating. Chelsea was in worse shape than she was before starting the medicine.
As her body is adjusting to not having the medicine, she is making some gains and things are getting better, slowly.
EVEN THOUGH THIS IS VERY DISAPPOINTING, GOING THROUGH THIS SHOWED THAT CHELSEA CAN GET BETTER AND CAN GET HER LIFE BACK AGAIN, WE JUST HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT METHOD AND TREATMENT!
We are now faced with the decision to try other medications. However, because of having such a bad ending with the previous medication in 2018, we would like to try stem cell therapy instead of pharmaceuticals. TBI Therapy consists of multiple protocols -- a 3 day trip to Colorado for stem cell treatment and pre-treatment/post treatment hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cranial osteopathy, supplements and Keto diet. To accomplish TBI Therapy, Chelsea needs financlal help.
Will you please consider donating to and sharing this cause to help Chelsea receive TBI Therapy?
Click to go to the Facebook event page for a bingo event that is being hosted in Red Lion PA to raise money for Chelsea
Thank you for your time and support!