Fundraising for baby Christopher
Port Elgin family and friends rally
The heartfelt online donations by family, friends and strangers $3,230 to date - are a comfort to the Becker/Liska family whose newborn son, Christopher, underwent the first of many surgeries Sept. 6 at the Montreal Shriners Children’s Hospital to begin to deal with the Arthrogryposis (AMC) Amyoplasia he was born with June 29.
Arthrogryposis is congenital, non-progressive contractures in more than two joints and in multiple body areas and occurs in one- in- 3,000 births. Christopher was born with clubbed feet and clenched hands, issues identified in an 18-week ultrasound. The Sept. 6 surgery released his Achilles tendons in an effort to improve mobility. An email from Christopher’s aunt, Lisa Mangov said the surgery went well and the baby was in recovery and expects to be home in a week.
Mom Chrystal Becker lived in Port Elgin from 1989 to 2010 and now lives in Burlington with her husband, Christopher’s father Rob Liska, and her 12-yearold son. Becker’s mother and a brother still live in Port Elgin.
Christopher was born June 29 in Burlington and officially diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia (AMC) which required intense physiotherapy, splinting, casting and many appointments with specialists, including at the Montreal Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Aunt Mangov said Chrystal is on maternity leave as a Personal Support Worker and her husband is a mason who only gets paid when he works, so she and her family started the online YouCare fundraising campaign to help cover medical-related expenses.
“Christopher is so cute - he’s all smiles but he hates physiotherapy when they manipulate his hands and feet to make them more pliable. His right leg won’t bend and his knee is on the inside of his right leg,” Mangov said in a Sept, 6 telephone interview, adding Christopher’s arms won’t bend but he can wiggle his fingers a bit. He sleeps and naps with splints on his arms and legs to increase flexibility, making physiotherapy crucial.
Becker’s physiotherapy benefits are capped at $1,000, and Christopher’s three weekly sessions costs $60 each, so the funds will quickly be exhausted.
“I said to my husband (Chrystal’s brother) that we had to do something to help them because it is hard enough to have a sick child without the added burden of additional costs,” Mangov said, adding the family is living day-by-day.
“Chrystal is very pragmatic but she has moments of meltdown she is strong because she had no choice, but they are all dealing with a lot, including the death of her sister the day before the family flew to Montreal for Christopher’s surgery.
“Please consider a donation to help Baby Christopher start his life with the best medical treatments to set him on the path to thrive physically like every little boy should.” Mangov said.
The YouCaring compassionate crowdfunding site is www. youcaring.com/chrystalbecker
The family of Baby Christopher Becker/Liska started an online fundraising campaign to help cover medical expenses for the family. The baby, whose mom, Chrystal Becker, lived in Port Elgin, has Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia (AMC) and was born with clubbed feet and hands. He is recovering from Sept. 6 surgery in Montreal to release his Achilles tendons.