You might know him from his hometown of Lexington, VA, and you might know him for his time spent at VCU. You might know him for the magnitude of his work in comics, for Boom! Studios, DC, Marvel, and a few self-published works, or his illustration work. If you've met him, you know he's always singing, always dancing, always doing Schwarzenegger impressions, and always the most charming person in any room he enters.
He's also suffered from a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus for most of his adult life. The disease is a weakening of the cornea, which allows the eye to become misshapen, leading to distorted vision. A little bit before Christmas, we realized his disease had worsened when his eye began to feel uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. His left eye had clouded over, his pupil no longer visible, in what we came to understand as a tear in his cornea. He's been essentially blind in his left eye for about a month, all while keeping up with a strenuous schedule of freelance jobs and his personal work.
The cornea transplant is the best chance he has for restoring his vision to what it used to be, and hopefully in a few years, we'll get the chance to improve it with Lasik once his cornea heals.
His surgery is scheduled for January 31st, and while we don't expect the surgery to be rescheduled if we don't have all the funds in time, Chris's health care plan has a substantial deductible of $6400 before Cigna will chip in for any of the cost. To give Chris all the space and time he needs to heal without going into further debt over this procedure, we're asking for $3400 after raising about $3000 from other generous donations. It's a lot to ask at a time when so many people are struggling too, but we really hope that this will put Chris on a path where he can keep making the amazing work that enriches all of our lives every day. He needs your help, if you're able, to get back to his favorite thing: making comics.