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Alabama Bound: a Disabled Family in Need

Organized by: Amber Brandenburg

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THE STORY:

Hello, my parents are trying to move to Alabama. Both of them are disabled and money is tight. I want them to get the best care possible with a family member (CNA) who is moving down there in August of 2016.

Let me tell you why my parents need this help: .

My father is an Air Force Veteran who worked at a max security women's prison as a counselor for ~20 years. Why submit yourself to that? Because he had a desire/need tohelp rehabilitate as many offenders so that they could renter our society as productive citizens. More importantly, he has been a devote father/husband for about 29 years. I can't name any other man who would get up at 6 AM to take care of their disabled wife, drive 2 hours to work, work all day at a prison, run errands on the way home, and then take care of my mother till sometimes one or two in the morning. Then, two years ago he had a stroke on his way to work. Now he struggles with numbness on one side and memory issues. I know its hard for him to not be the provider he once was, but even he hasn't realized how much he has lost.

My mother has been disabled since I was born. A doctor left her in labour too long and it caused clotting complications. Since then she has spiraled and now has severe neuropathy, fibromialgyia, sleep disorders, and a thyroid disorder on top of a pain disorder. The doctor tells us that moving down south will help with several of these problems and at this point we are simply trying to maintain some quality of life as all these problems will continue to worsen instead of get better. And despite all of these issues she did everything she could to be the best mother possible, sometimes even more than I maybe deserved with my attitude. I can't tell you how many things she taught me such as having a positive attitude, faith in a higher power, and sheer determination to overcome all obstacles no matter what you face. She is a shining light in what sometimes seems like a dim world.

Right now they are barely making ends meet, which is why they haven't been able to save back much. I've been trying to help but between my own child and a tough economy, I don't think I'll be able to get them much more than I already have.
The money will go towards getting the moving truck, the gas and food for the trip, and start up costs for renting a home/building a ramp for her wheelchair.

Please help my family get to the care they need with someone that I personally know will make sure that they are cared for in the best manner possible.

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