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Stair Lift for Maddy

Organized by: greg HAWKINS

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My daughter's name is Maddy. She loves to work on crafts and to watch TV for toddlers and preschoolers.

Maddy was slow to meet her milestones. As a young girl, even though she was uncoordinated, she learned how to walk and run. She even learned how to ride a two-wheeler when she was eight! Shortly after that, we noticed that she started losing some of her skills, At ten, we learned that Maddy has a neurodegenerative condition. Her nerves and her muscles are not sending the proper signals to her brain, and it is getting worse over time. She started falling unpredictably. After about a year and a half of using a walker, the falls came back. Today, Maddy is in a wheelchair.

We live in a single family home in Minnesota. We built this home when Maddy was five, and quite mobile. When Maddy lost the ability to use the stairs, some friends held a benefit and raised enough money to build a bedroom and a bathroom on the main floor. For that, we are extremely grateful!

Because we live in the northern part of tornado ally, we have a basement that we use when the tornado sirens go off. Today, we are able to carry Maddy down the stairs, but worry that as she and her parents get older, we will not be able to continue to do that safely. We feel that a stair lift would be a safe option that is not extremely costly, even though it is more than we can afford st this time.

Maddy turned 20 in 2015. She moves and talks very slowly. It is difficult for her to hold a spoon or a pencil, but she is able to print her name and to copy other words and letters when she wants to make a card for a friend or family member. She gets frequent physical therapy for exercise. She sees many wonderful doctors in three different hospitals. Her difficulties and care needs are numerous, yet through it all she keeps a positive attitude. We work very hard to keep Maddy healthy but we still worry about her future. We would be forever grateful for any help that we would receive to take one of our worries away.

Thank you for reading this. We will pray for health and happiness for all of you.


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