Help Chris Ryder Strike Back
Organized by: Erin, Caitlin, Courtney, and Tara Ryder
Erin, Caitlin, Courtney, and Tara Ryder via Crowdrise
September 15, 2014
Many of you reading this probably know Chris (Christopher; Duke Ryder). But we assume a majority, even family and friends, don’t know his full story.
First and foremost, Duke is a son, a brother, a writer, a Master's degree graduate, and an all-around great guy. This is what most see; what we see. That’s because Duke has never complained a day in his life about the shitty hand he’s been dealt.
Some of you may notice Duke’s left eye is closed, he has a slight limp, and weakness on his right side. When Duke was thirteen years old, he suffered a massive stroke due to complications from brain surgery. After the stroke, he was unable to speak, walk, or complete the easiest of tasks. While his friends were playing sports, causing trouble, and enjoying their adolescence. He was enduring rigorous physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Duke has never complained about the obstacles he had to overcome. He defied most doctors when he began to speak, eat, and walk. He kept up on his school work, graduated from high school, earned a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, earned a Master's degree from Syracuse University, and secured a full time job.
After all of these accomplishments, unfortunately, Duke would have to withstand another tragic setback. In April, he had a second stroke. In a cruel turn of events it occurred on the other side of his brain which caused weakness and paralysis now on his left side; his strong side. Walking, talking, and general day-to-day activities were now impossible for him. At age twenty- eight, his independence was ripped away, and he needed twenty-four hour care.
He has the determination to fight back and regain his strength. In the first two months, he has already regained much of the function and dexterity on the left side of his body and his speech is steadily improving. Yet, there is still a long road ahead of him to regain full function and move out of our parents' house.
This is why we need your help. Currently, Duke is unable to go back to work, and we need to ensure he’s seeing the best physical, occupational, and speech therapists. The first few months are the most critical for a stroke victim. We do not want anything to hinder his progress.
He's been knocked down not once, but twice, so we want to ensure money is not an obstacle on his route to a full recovery. We believe he deserves it.
Costs associated with strokes are among the highest out-of-pocket medical expenses in the nation. Average costs for patients are around $23,400. Recovering from a stroke requires extended lengths of time and medical attention. In addition to deductibles and co-pays, patients also have to pay for rehab and medication that is not covered. Often additional equipment such as power wheel-chairs and home therapy tools may be required.
We need your help to raise $20,000 for:
Physical Therapy: If you don’t use it, you lose it – and this is especially true with stroke victims. The repetitive and rigorous exercise of impaired limbs is imperative to ensure the brain is communicating and firing correctly. Just six weeks of intensive therapy costs $5,400.
Occupational Therapy: These experts will focus on fine motor skills and dexterity, but the main goal will be to get Duke back behind the wheel of a car. Being able to drive ensures his full independence and makes it easier for him to have a full time job.
Speech Therapy: Forming sounds into speech is one of the most complicated human processes, imagine having to relearn how to speak and swallow. Duke is still having issues timing his breathing when speaking. In order for his speech to improve, he needs the daily guidance and experience of a trained professional.
Lastly, the ongoing medical costs for prescriptions, rehabilitation equipment, and home modifications to allow for a wheel chair.
Christopher is not a person who asks for assistance; he has always been one of those rare individuals who people turn to for help. Your generosity will help ease the financial and emotional burden this tragedy has created for him and our family.
Thank you for your love and support.
"Lighting might have struck twice, but like rattlesnakes, Star Wars, and Chuck Norris Christopher strikes back!