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Chris Rodriguez gets ready to go home

By Katy Murphy
Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 12:57 pm in Christopher Rodriguez.

chrisrodriguezwheelie21.jpgUpdate: Here is a video of Chris leaving the hospital on Tuesday.

This week, at long last, I had the chance to meet 10-year-old Chris Rodriguez, who was paralyzed in January by a stray bullet during a piano lesson. 

Chris told me about some of the things he looks forward to when he gets out of the hospital, which I mentioned in the story.

If this is any indication of how deeply people — even perfect strangers — have been touched by what happened to him, I got calls this morning from a Trader Joe’s manager, who wants to give him a case of mandarin orange chicken, and a friend of the guy who co-founded the Guitar Hero video games, who is sure his buddy will want to do something for Chris, too.

Unfortunately, the “To Help” box was omitted from the paper, leaving would-be helpers in the dark (it’s now posted online and will run in the paper tomorrow). Here it is:

  • A trust fund under the name of Christopher G. Rodriguez has been established at the Piedmont Avenue branch of Wells Fargo bank, 151 40th St., Oakland CA 94611.
  • The Oakland Youth Chorus is holding a benefit show at 7 p.m. March 19 at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.oaklandyouthchorus.org/ or by calling the youth chorus at (510) 287-9700.
  • Local flutist Carol Alban has organized a benefit concert March 24 at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square. Admission is $25 for the 8 p.m. show and $18 for 10 p.m. concert. Call (510) 238-9200 or visit http://www.yoshis.com/ for ticket information.
  • A free community Easter egg hunt and motorcycle run to benefit Chris will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at Arroyo Viejo Park, 7701 Krause Ave. in Oakland. Bikers can call (510) 706-1413 for an itinerary. Egg hunters _ or those who wish to donate items _ can contact City Councilwoman Desley Brooks’ office at (510) 238-7006.
  • For more information about Chris’s progress and upcoming events, or to send him a message, visit his Web site at http://www.christopherrodriguez.blogspot.com/.

photo by Aric Crabb, Tribune photographer

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  • Nextset

    Sometimes words just fail. Good luck to Chris.

    Good luck to the children of Oakland. They need it.

  • Karen

    Chris! I am moved by your story and your commitment to healing. I am a cancer survivor..yes, a survivor, so while I do not know your personal disability, I do know your diagnosis of a long term fear…having to be in a chair the rest of your life. But that isn’t going to happen, and YOU CAN DO IT…with the power of positive thinking, with the genious medical community we live with and with the support from family, friends, and people like me that you have touched. I will light a Hope’s Flame candle (www.hopesflame.com) for you daily Chris. We will stay connected with this light of HOPE. In Good Health,
    Karen