Stryder is a happy 7 year old boy who is diagnosed with an unspecified connective tissue disorder; in other words, his collagen is faulty and makes him extra bendy, soft and Gumby-like. Collagen is the glue that holds your body together and because Stryder’s is no good, it has caused all kinds of problems throughout his body. Stryder has aortic root dilation (aneurysm in his heart), Atrial septal defect (ASD)- also known as a “hole in the heart” – a type of congenital heart disease, and other vascular. He dislocates different body parts all the time and has become so hypermobile, the joints can go in and out at will and has to wear braces on his ankles to his knees, knee bracing and bracing on his right hand to prevent his thumb from dislocating with everyday use.
Last year, Stryder was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and an abnormal Clivo Axial Angle (kink in his brain stem), basilar invagination (his top vertabrae was impaling his brain stem) and had to have extensive brain surgery to help correct some of the abnormalities. Surgery is not a cure, but will help prevent more long term damage and death.
Most recently, Stryder's oxygen levels have been dropping after exercise and no one can explain why. He has had several tests and they all show it's happening, but his heart and lungs look great. If we can find answers on what his condition really is, maybe we will get answers on how to treat the cause and not just put him on oxygen.
We need your help to raise funds in order to get genetic testing done and hopefully find some answers.