Local businesses, including The Catfish Place in Kingwood and the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, helped raise funds this September for community activist Vernon Reed. “What the community has done so far, it is really appreciated,” said Reed. “These fundraisers caught me by surprise.” The area businesses have helped to raise hundreds of dollars to help offset Reed’s growing medical costs. Kingwood First Baptist Church facilitated repairs for the Reed family’s only vehicle by calling local repair shops. Individual residents have also been donating to help Reed. According to Reed, an anonymous donor paid the entire outstanding balance of nearly $400 to Reed’s doctor so that he would be able to return to that doctor for treatment. Reed, of Kingwood, has been living with RSD – Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy Syndrome – since 2007 after he had to undergo knee surgery. RSD is a painful chronic and incurable disorder that effects the nerves, blood vessels, muscles, tendons and bones, and the immune system. It is often brought on by an injury or surgery. “It wasn’t anything dramatic,” Reed said of the injury that set the wheels in motion for his RSD. According to Reed, he was moving an entertainment system off of a truck in 2006, missed a step, and twisted his knee. The knee injury caused a back pain that never entirely went away. In 2007, Reed had knee surgery. “Slowly but surely, the doctor had me come back in because I still kept having problems,” Reed said. Reed was diagnosed with RSD in 2008. As a result of his RSD, he has been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, asthma, and has had issues with his blood pressure, cholesterol, and acid reflux. “It’s frustrating having to go to the doctors every day. It’s stressful, it’s costly, and it’s hard to get around,” said Reed. “It can wipe you out financially.” Reed has been active in the community for many years; he was integral to the fundraising for the replacement of a playground destroyed by fire at Foster Elementary. Among his many community affiliations, Reed is a member of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Kingwood, the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) and the Harris County Citizen’s Police Academy. For more information, contact Reed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about RSD, visit www.rsds.org.

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