Be the Miracle - A woman who truly needs your support.
Organized by: Zachariah Ward
There is woman I would like you all to be aware of. She is the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I have ever met. Who has been working 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the last 15 years. That is like having 4 full time jobs a week at 168 hours a week. With a mere income of $2,124.00 a month from SSI. This is all for her husband who was in a horrible accident. She pushes herself so much that from the work, the stress of bills, and maintenance, that she suffered a heart attack in 2014. House hold bills, Food, Medications, and medical supplies costs her closer to $3,500.00 a month. This does not include any upkeep on the home, car, dental, her own medical. Neither does it include the ability for her to go out for a night. I have stepped in to ask everyone for help, so that we can make things a lot easier for her. There is a lot that needs to be done though. At the bottom I will make an itemized list so you can see what all she needs help with. Tom's story (her husband) On January 6th, 2001 Tom Kitchens was in an accident that would forever change the lives of him and those around him. Over the last 15 years he has had countless surgeries. Leaving his body and limbs as follows; Paralyzed from the waist down, missing the right leg (from above the knee down). 28% usage of his left arm. His right arm is his only fully usable limb. In total almost 1.9 million in medical bills. Tom needs help with the following; Getting Dressed, Sitting up, Transferring to his wheelchair, cooking (due to the house not being handicap usable/accessible) Showering, getting to doctor appointments (requires the use of a vehicle that has been converted to handicap capable). He even requires help with the cleaning and changing of his colostomy bag, and catheter and catheter drainage bag. Essentially he needs help with everything, even simple things. We looked into getting Tom 24 hour care, which takes 5 people and costs $9,200 a month ($110,000 a year). (if you are wondering why not a home? They are not truly 24 hour care. Every time he has gone to one, even short periods of time, he has gotten bed sores. There is no reason for this to happen if you roll him side to side every 90min. They only do 5 min check ins every 4 to 5 hours). There is a lot that needs to be done to a home when someone becomes injured and bound to a chair. Wheel chairs measure 2 feet 11 inches and normal hallways are 3 feet wide. So lack of mobility in a home unless it is completely re done. This would also include setting up the kitchen to allow for a wheel chair to go under counters. A wheel in shower etc.. The Following is everything they need done and help with: New driveway and ramp, that can melt the snow and ice. Her car needs a lot of repairs, and or a handicap van A ride on lawn mower. - possible handicap accessible Their yard needs some fencing repairs. Roof maintenance City is requiring them to be hooked to the sewer - removal of septic tank The complete remodel of the home to make it fully handicap usable - Helps give Tom more purpose. both mental and physical therapist Electric Lift - Helps Tom get into his wheelchair Computer - another positive motivator for Tom Dental work for both of them. Help with Food and Bills. (might have more to add at a later date) A vacation for Laura - suggestions welcome! Thank you to all who have take them time to read this. An even bigger thank you to all those who have helped with donations. God Bless!