Crystal has Arnold Chiari Malformation. Her cerebellum was identified as falling down 28.6 mm into her neck. This causes her to fall on a consistent basis. She began to drop things and increasingly lost coordination.
She underwent two brain surgeries to correct the issue. She can no longer drive and dependent on her spouse. She has severe balance issues and is homebound. Her instability and balance issues leave her with a lack of mobility. Her physician has cleared her for a recumbent trike. A recumbent trike would give Crystal a sense of freedom and independence.
UPDATE! APRIL 20, 2015
Thanks to the generosity of donors from www.floridafreewheelers.com, Crystal’s GoFundme.com and a collaborative effort between spokesfightingstrokes.org, and hopefortrauma.org Crystal McPhaul is now the proud owner of a recumbent trike! Crystal now has the tools to propel herself to better quality of life!
Thank you suncyclery.com for helping us reach our goal and for contributing as a partner!
It’s time for a national conversation about brain injury. It’s time for community leaders, businesses and organizations to work together to change this culture to better understand the needs of survivors and caregivers with this invisible disability.