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Help Phoenix with Medical Expenses

$18,445 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 8 months
Created September 29, 2017
Julia Laprade
on behalf of Betty-Joe MacDonald
LATEST UPDATE (FULL STORY BELOW): On our journey life goes on around us. Shout out to my son Raven I am so proud of you and the man you have become. Stay strong buddy the world is yours run wild.
Just some updates and a little glimpse into our world. Phoenix can now click his tongue, if he needs something he starts clicking to get our attention. I am at the side of his bed in a little room and his nurse is just outside his door at the foot of his bed. All of the support, prayers, positive vibes and healing energy are always going to be needed. Weekends for us are not as busy, all that means is that there are less doctors coming around to talk and check in. He's already had an X-ray, his bed changed, blood taken, chest therapy, his ENT has been in to check on him and adjust his trach, his Respiratory Tech was in doing his checks and updates, so many other things happen too. He's got his oil change (plasma exchange) this afternoon and not sure what else is going to happen today. He has attention around the clock. In our life now it takes 4-5 people to move him to put his X-ray board under him and to change his bedding. When they transport him it takes the same amount of people 20 minutes to get all of his IV's, tube and machine ready, he gets transported on his bed to where ever he needs to go. To adjust his pillow under his head it takes two nurses and myself. Phoenix is very demanding he knows what he wants and what he needs. He watches TV now and for some reason he likes to torture himself and watch the food network, I say he does this to force himself to get better. He gets a nightly bath and a great scalp massage when his hair gets washed. His nurses take such good care of him it makes all the difference. He's had a lot of visitors and that's just what he needs, he needs to see where all the energy is coming from. A special shout out to Devilz By Definition Bruce Pops Munro Shawn Mailloux your love for Phoenix showed last night with his video you guys made him smile and to Jp Gagnon we love the stickers and I wear my shirt with pride can't thank you enough.


On Tuesday night, Phoenix woke up at midnight unable to move all of his body from his neck down and was completely paralyzed. Betty (his mother) called 911 immediately. With the help of paramedics, Phoenix was taken on a stretcher from their apartment in Kingsville and transported to Met Hospital in Windsor, ON. The doctors then stated that this was something that needed to be handled right away and he was then airlifted by helicopter to London Children’s hospital.

After being examined by London Doctors, they have discovered that Phoenix is suspected to have suffered from two strokes. The initial disgnosis was Guillain-Barré syndrome but the doctors now believe there is a possibility of him having Transverse MyelitisTransverse Myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, a major part of the central nervous system. Recovery is difficult and sometimes unsuccessful. Recovery could take up to 2 years and will include extensive physio therapy.

Funds: Because of Phoenix's condition, Betty has been told by doctors that she should expect to be in London for at least 3 months. Hoping that Phoenix is able to recover, he will need extensive therapy, medication, and 24/7 assistance for a long time afterwards. Betty is the sole provider, as Phoenix's father has passed away recently. She will need as much help as possible. Every penny donated will be used towards Phoenix's recovery which includes; Lodging, travel expenses, Medical costs, income replacement, etc.. 


Phoenix is a great 14 year old kid who loves his family, solving puzzles (Rubix cube in 40seconds!!!), video games, and even taught himself how to play the guitar. His heart is made of pure gold, just like his mothers and his brother Raven. They've been through a lot as a family and have managed to stay together through it all. But they need help, as we all do at some point in our lives and I really hope that this campaign will be able to do that for them.
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To follow Phoenix's story please follow his mom Bett y-Joe Mac Donald on her Facebook page. She post regular updates on Phoenix's progress.
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Well Hello February... man does time fly by for us here. Can't believe it's been 18 weeks since our journey began. Phoenix has come a long way since the beginning. We have nailed down our schedule/routine now. He's going to school for a few hours everyday and has threphy twice a day still. We are working on getting him into the therapeutic pool. I can't wait for that, beside getting him outside I firmly believe getting him in the water is going to be a game changer for us. He's gotten the hang of his new wheels and he's rocking out his AFO's like a champ. Since he received a Google home and a disco ball for Christmas his room is party central. We are educating his nurses in music now as well. We finally got out for a day trip last Saturday with Mick and Taco. Now I have my confedence that him and I can travel around the city on our own with no worries. It's crazy to think we have been at this for so long and yet it does not feel like it. Phoenix is showing awesome improvements everyday. He can now lean forward in his chair and untie his shoes and put himself back into the sitting position. This is an awesome accomplishment. His core/trunk are getting stronger and stronger everyday. I seen the look in his therapists eyes yesterday. The look of she wants to try to get him to stand. It will only be a matter of days and I think she will get him up on his feet. The harder she pushes the harder he tries. One thing I can tell you is this place is amazing and they do work miracles. PCCU you guys are still our hearts and souls never forget that. Phoenix has a great team of therapist that work him hard everyday. Who would of thought lifting your arm could make you exhausted. Phoenix can now shift his weight from side to side when he's sitting in his chair or when he's sitting on the side of the bed. We take for granted everything we do in life. I tell people you want to know what he's going through just sit still for an hour without moving and see how many times you want to itch your nose or move the hair out of your eyes or you want a drink for that matter. Its frustrating to say the least it might even drive some people mental. That's where I'm grateful Phoenix is the person he is. We have our moments but they are very short lived. We talk it out and move on. We never look back we are always looking forward with our chins held high. I can't say it enough but thank you to everyone who has joined our journey. The energy and love we feel is very overwhelming at times but it is much needed. Everyone of you plays a role, some roles are small and some roles are massive. No matter your role in our journey just know everyday we both wake up with a smile and we take our challenges head on. Giving up is not in our cards and it's not who we are. This journey is ours and we fully have owned it this far. So again thank you to each and everyone of you for being a part of our journey. I can't wait to see what February has in store for us. Much love everyone Phoenix I AM RISING
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Wednesday October 11,2017
Good morning everyone just a glimpse of life in PCCU in London's Children's Hospital. Our journey has now entered into week 2 Phoenix and I have been here for 14 days today. BUT it does not feel like that. I guess it helps when your balanced and centered in your own life and that reflects in your children as well. Phoenix and I have been told over the weekend that they are 99........% sure it was his stroke that has affected him so much. Recovery is not know at this time. We have come to accept that this is life and that Phoenix may never recover and we are ok with that. He is alive and that is what we are thankful for. He has come along way since we have been here. His IV tower has gonna down to just IV now. He gets meds for the pain as needed. I am learning how to read his lips and that is not easy. He clicks to get our attention and he loves ice water swabs. He can not eat or drink yet but he is working on that. I am thankful I got to raise him and learn him for the past 14 years it as helped keep him calm and comfortable. Its a long road but we have so much support and love it will carry us a long way. Please keep sharing and sharing all his post.... his picture, his go fund me thanks to Julia Laprade , his t-shirts and stickers thanks to Jp Gagnon Allen Reimer, Pure Romance fundraising thanks to Kari Barrett a ride has just been set up for this Sunday thanks to Eric Scofield, there are raffles in the works, pasta dinners thanks to Ed Leach and other fundraising ideas being put in place thanks to Kari MacDonald-Dufour Karon Dube Raven Watson Bob Dube Misti MacDonald-Moyer Wayne Moyer Dan Dufour . Please keep the prayers, positive vibes and healing energy coming. Much love Phoenix I Am RAISING
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Thursday October 5,2017

Welcome to our journey as of right know we still have no answers. His diagnoses so far is that he is a Quadriplegic, he has started his Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) this is part of the treatment for Transverse Myelitis. He will get five session of this plasma exchange. Even tho they have not confirmed that he has Transverse Myelitis this plasma exchange will not harm him. We will not know for months if this treatment has any affect on Phoenix. Today at noon Phoenix will be getting his Tracheostomy. The Trach is a good thing it gets his breathing tube out of his mouth and they will put his feeding tube in his nose. With the tube out of his mouth I will be able to read his lips better which is the only way of communicating he has right now. Phoenix is still Phoenix in his head his body just does not work for him at this time. The goal is to get him breathing on his on so we can get him off the vent. He will be starting extensive physiotherapy in the next few days. Please keep the positive vibes, healing energy and prayers coming. PLEASE keep sharing his story, his updates, his pictures get your t-shirts too. Every cent is a blessing to us as we do not know what our future holds. If any would like to make a cash donation Phoenix has a bank account at Libro Credit Union in his own name Phoenix Mac Donald-Gagnon #3473915. Share this post and keep sharing because without all of the support from everyone I could not do this on my own. Stay strong everyone Phoenix, Raven and I need you and always will. Much love Phoenix I WILL RISE
#LightOfPhoenix #IWILLRISE #DEVILZFAM #TheEllenShow #inyourfacesign #brothers #forlife
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Raised by 145 people in 8 months
Created September 29, 2017
Julia Laprade
on behalf of Betty-Joe MacDonald
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