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Landon Smith - Go the Distance

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Raised by 165 people in 20 months
Life can change in a split second!  It did for our 18 year old son.   Our son, a vibrant, athletic, tall and handsome young man innocently jumped into a foam pit at a trampoline park on January 7, 2017 and broke his neck and suffered a life altering spinal cord injury. As his mother it has been the hardest thing to witness. I remember counting his toes, fingers and checking every inch of his healthy body when he was born before finally holding him close to me knowing he was perfect. 18 years later, just as he was starting to venture out in to the world on his own with a goal of becoming  a firefighter life changed and he is now considered a quadriplegic.  Shortly after his accident Landon started to explore and research from his hospital bed medical trials and came across one which was being conducted by the University of Miami. The FDA approved trial involves injecting Schwan cells into the injury site. The hope is that the Schwan cells will aid in reconnecting the nerves below the injury site; giving patients back some or much of their mobility.     We are thrilled to report that Landon has been accepted into the trial and will begin baseline testing October 15. As a participant Landon will live in Miami for 10 months.  Although his accommodations will be paid for, his living costs and the cost of a health care aid are not covered.  I have reached out to a health care provider in Miami who has indicated that the cost for a live-in aid will be $250 per day or $95 per hour for a nurse (which he will need two hours per day). Although we plan to stay with him for as long as we can, one or both of us has to work. The goal of this GoFundMe campaign is to shore up Landon’s bank account so he can stay focused and committed to the trial and be taken care of in our absence. The cost just to have an aid could be over $75,000 US. We are an average Canadian Family with a dwindling savings account and no formal pension plan to look forward to so sourcing $100,000+ in a year is impossible and we need your help. Landon has a dream of being on the Ellen show and I can see him dancing down the stairs with her. Participating in this trial is critical and I know Landon's success will help 1000's of others who will then be given the opportunity to have this procedure done immediately following a spinal cord injury.  This will be life changing! If you are able to and are willing, please consider making a donation. Our family wishes to thank you in advance for your support, prayers and donations. The Smith Family Please follow Landon on Instagram at @landonclarksmith 
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While we wait to learn the results of the recent testing we are reminded how this injury affects every part of your life.
 
Over the past month Landon has had numerous autonomic dysreflexia (AD)  episode which raise his blood pressure to dangerous levels and result in him having to go to an emergency room. 

Given Landon's paralysis, his brain does not receive pain or injury messages from areas below his injury level. The way his body tells him something is wrong is through the rise of blood pressure, tingling in his face and a few other symptoms (AD). 

We recently learned he has bladder stones and although treatable he will likely have to be transported home to have them removed. Unfortunately, the travel insurance will not pay for surgery in the US if he is capable of travel.

So as I sit some 4000 miles away and try to coordinate a solution, I am grateful that the Miami Project has agreed to pay for he and Sam to return to Canada and then back to Miami. It will require a break in his training but there are little options at this time.

Thank you all for continuing to follow and support our journey.  As medical Bill's are rising, I ask you to share the GoFundMe page once again as this has been an unexpected expense.
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New recruit! "Hendermagenderson" or Sam as we call him arrived last night and will be staying with Landon for at least 2-3 months. So as Brian does his thing (cook) and the boys watch a Raptors Basketball game, I am sitting outside and thinking about heading home next week; wondering what the future will look like for all of us.

Landon will return to training the first week of March which is really when the "rubber hits the road" so to speak. Although no one can tell us when/ how/if the schwann cells will mylinate the damaged nerves in Landon spinal column we remain optimistic.

The team will continue to monitor the sensation in his left side and we will continue to pray that in time everything will return AND additional exciting thing start to happen.

We have been here almost two months and although I am not eager to return to winter I am eager to get back to my home, Jord and T, the cats and all my friends who support me.
#goingthedistanceforlandon #miamiproject #landonclarksmith #spinalcordinjury #spinalcordresearch
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Landon just before going into surgery! Yes he had been given a little something to prepare him.

He is out of ICU and in a regular ward today. Although still in pain, it is getting better. He will likely be discharged Saturday and will spend a month recouping.

Dr. Levi and Dr Guest introduced 17 Million Schwann Cells during surgery so now time will tell what impact the surgery will have.

Thank you again for supporting this incredible journey and opportunity.

The Smiths
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