Giving Back to Craig
Growing up in Colorado, I was always aware of Craig Hospital. It wasn’t until this year that it became a major part of my family’s life. My baby brother, Chris Fair, suffered a major brain injury last August. He was taken to the ER and put in the ICU. His electrolytes were extremely low and needed to be raised. Unfortunatly, his sodium levels were raised too quickly and he developed Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM). CPM kills the pons, which inhibits your brain from telling your body what do it. The pons acts as a relay station for the brain. You think move my right hand and the pons sends the signal to the correct nerves to move your right hand. With the pons dead, Chris was unable to tell his body to do anything, from moving his right hand to breathing. He was suffering from locked in syndrome. It took months for his brain to recreate neuron pathways in his brain so that he could control his body once again. Slowly, he has regained that control.
Chris began his Craig journey in March 2019 after spending months in bed in the ICU and at a long term care facility. He came to Craig in a motorized wheelchair (that he was only able to control with his head) and with a trach so he could breath. Today he is walking and breathing on his own. No wheelchair (sometimes crutches) and no trach.
Watching my brother go through this over the past year has been inspirational. He has had some bad days, to be sure, but he has never given up. He is determined to do everything he could do before all this happened. So, we are all biking in the Pedal 4 Possible benefit ride. The money raised goes to the Craig Foundation so they can continue to help patients like my brother.
Please consider sponsoring me, or Savannah, as we ride our bikes with Chris. Or, better yet, join us! Our team is F&A Racing (the Fair Family motorcycle racing name….losing the motors for this one!) and the code to join is P4P19.
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