In 2012, Chris was diagnosed with lupus. Over the past 5 years, he has been in and out of the hospital receiving treatment for this disease. During this time, lupus has attacked his kidneys, lungs (blood clots) and skin. In spite of all the pain, doctor visits, and medication, Chris has not allowed this disease to define him.
Chris attended Davidson College, graduating in 2008. While at Davidson, Chris was involved in many campus activities. He was President of the Student Government Association and an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Upon graduation from Davidson, Chris dedicated his time, talent and resources to teaching, education and social justice in urban communities. Most recently, Chris has been a high school Special Education/English teacher in Brooklyn NY. Chris loves teaching, but his doctor has placed him on medical leave until June 2018 while he recovers from his most recent lupus flare up. Chris has had three hospital stays since October 9th, 2017 to treat recurrent pneumonia, surgery, and fight a number of infections due to his immuno-compromised state. Chris is still in the hospital receiving treatment for lupus-related kidney disease. This flare up has been his most severe since his initial diagnosis.
Illnesses of this magnitude can put a financial and emotional strain on a family. This disease attacks healthy organs resulting in concurrent diagnoses that need care at the same time time. Funds raised will go to out-of-pocket medical costs and other expenses needed to help support a family of four (food, housing, gas/car maintenance, childcare) while Chris is on medical leave. Let us come together to bless and encourage the Burton family. #Burtonsbeatlupus
Chris and his wife Brianna (Davidson College Class of 2011) live in Brooklyn, NY with their two sons (Coltrane, 2 and Garvey, 1).