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Oceans in Motion for Christina

$8,425 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Created June 11, 2018
30524754_1528723831505623_r.jpeg30524754_1528723597784713_r.jpegChristina was diagnosed with NF2 (neurofibromatosis type 2)  when she was 9 years old.  It is estimated that 1 in 40,000 people have NF2. She is the only one in her family to have this rare disorder. Every-day simple tasks that we take for granted, like walking and talking are a daily struggle for her. She goes for physical therapy a few times a week to help keep mobility in her legs. Every 6 months she has to go for pet scans to make sure tumors aren't growing.

At the age of 9, Christina had her 1st spinal surgery to remove tumors growing on her spine. In high school, she had  a surgery to remove tumors by her ears and went deaf in one ear.  In 2011, the tumor on her good hearing ear started growing rapidly affecting her hearing. To avoid a brain surgery, the surgeons had tried chemo to shrink the tumor, but unfortunately  had to stop it because she almost hemorrhaged to death.  
Christina then had her 4th major brain surgery in 2012 leaving her completely deaf.

That same tumor that was removed almost 6 years ago grew back with a vengeance on her brainstem in October 2017 resulting in her most recent brain surgery the beginning of May 2018. This surgery which would be her 5th major brain surgery and was very complicated and risky requiring her and her family to travel to  Boston where she would have the best surgeon perform this 10 hour brain surgery. During the surgery, an ABI device was implanted to help her possibly hear sounds in the future. She came home to N.J. feeling great and we truly thought it was a miracle. Weeks later due to post-op complications, she contracted a meningitis infection  that left her unresponsive for 3 days almost losing her life.  This led to her 6th brain surgery to treat the infection and remove the ABI device. Christina is  still in the hospital recovering from all she's been through this last month and will be doing rehab next.

 I am starting this fund and also planning a fundraiser at Americana Salon & Spa in Roseland, N.J. this coming fall to help this beautiful woman, my best friend to help cover her medical expenses. Throughout the 30+ years I've known her, she has never let anything stop her and still smiles through all the pain.

Since she loves the beach, summer and ice cream to name a few, I named this fundraiser "Oceans in Motion " for Christina. With the love and support of her husband, family and friends, I believe we can be her very own ocean. Thank you in advance! Anything will help!

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean"
-Ryunosuke Satoro
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Americana Salon & Spa is hosting this wonderful event “Oceans in Motion” for Christina on Friday, November 30, 2018 For more information visit us on Facebook with the link below or our website at www.americanasalonandspa.com https://www.facebook.com/events/241059183420148/?ti=ia
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Thank you again to all of you who took the time to donate, share, and leave a beautiful comment on this go-fund me for Christina. It is so nice to see so many people who love and care for her as much as I do :) You are all amazing and have no idea how much this is going to help her financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. God bless you all !
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An update form Christina:

“I want to personally thank each one of you who donated to me at this very difficult and traumatizing time in my life. I hopefully will be able to express my gratitude in time. You are all so very generous! Xoxox I also want to thank Angela for starting this fund for me- what a heart of gold she has!!
I am getting better each day and going to outpatient therapy. The doctor who did my second brain surgery of May 2018 says I should not work until September 4th, but we will see about that. I am recovering/going to therapy in /near Lavallette - it sounds kind of funny but I came here early on because I was scared of the steps in my home up north. Can you imagine? No complaints though. I am able to sit on the beach in a beach wheelchair and see sunsets over the bay. These activities offer me some peace of mind and serenity and remind me to carry on and take one day at a time, remaining a fighter no matter what cards I am dealt in this life. The continuous support of my husband, family, and friends have also made all the difference on my road to wellness!”
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I wanted to share a photo of Christina and her husband Dan with their NF2 support shirts. Yesterday Christina walked with her walker outside getting a little change of scenery by her favorite place down the shore. Thank you again to all of you who shared this link and donated, without you and all of your help it would make life a lot more difficult for Christina and Dan with all of the medical bills coming in and her still not being able to work. Anything helps, and Christina greatly appreciates each and every one of you. God bless you all!
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Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Created June 11, 2018
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