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This fundraiser ended on 05/31/11

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Family & friends have rallied to help Cian 6 & Kaelan 4 raise funds for the vital care & brain surgery they need to fight Chiari.

Siblings, Cian, 6 & Kaelan, 4 years old were diagnosed with a serious brain disorder called Chiari Malformation.

The brain [cerebellar tonsils] is being forced out of [bottom of] the skull blocking necessary spinal fluid flow to the brain & forcing it into the core of the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brainstem and spinal cord which leads to brainstem damage and scarring of the spinal cord and possible paralysis.

The children experience daily symptoms of excruciating pain in the head, neck, back and extremities. In Cian's case, the syrinx in his cord has already begun & he suffers developmental damage due to the pressure which caused his brainstem to twist. Kaelan trails closely behind in severity.

Without surgery, Cian & Kaelans' prognosis is grim. Decompression brain surgery will alleviate the pressure on the spine and allow the cerebellum to rest safely within their skulls where it should be. Your generosity will give them a hope for a better quality of life.
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