Landon Smith - Go the Distance

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Raised by 163 people in 15 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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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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Well the day we have been waiting for is here! Tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. we will head to the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Landon will be prepared for a four hour surgery.

Dr. Levi and Dr. Guest, both Canadian Doctors, will conduct a laminectomy to remove a piece of bone and expose Landon's spinal cord. Once exposed, Dr. Guest will use a specialized catheter to introduce the schwann cells into an area around the injury. Following surgery, Landon will spend four or five days in hospital and it will be a month before he will return to the exercise program.

Needless to say, we are all feeling a little anxious and I for one am praying that the surgery is successful and that there are no adverse affects. To date, Landon has been one of the fortunate ones not to have nerve pain or violent spasms so I am praying that he will continue to be free of nerve pain and spasms.

I ask you all to keep Landon in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow morning.

Brenda Smith
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So excited to report that Landon went for a cruise by himself in his own truck! Cruising to the beach, Virginia Keys, and around down town Landon once again got the feeling of independence.
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