Vandeventer Middle School

Vandeventer Student Battles Rare Disease

Apr 08, 2015

Sam Mills, a seventh grader student at Frisco ISD’s Vandeventer Middle School, has chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). His situation was recently highlighted in an issue of the Frisco Enterprise newspaper. Read the article here

Mills apparently developed signs of CIDP, a rare disorder of the peripheral nerves, at just 16 months old, according his mother, Renee Richmond. Years of tests followed. He was officially diagnosed at age 10.

Leading up to the diagnosis, Richmond told the paper she and others began noticing her son’s lack of energy, inability to stand and walk and other small signs. He started having sharp pains in his chest and shoulder, which turned out to be nerve pain, a common symptom of CIDP. On a family vacation he experienced several times when he would fall and be unable to stand up, according to the article.

Richmond is urging the community to support her son and research into this disease by participating in a Walk and Roll event. Frisco is one of 12 nationwide sites for participants wanting to walk or roll (if not able to walk) to fight this disease and related illnesses such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome. 

The walk will be held Sunday, May 3 at Frisco Commons Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Click here to learn more.