Kris Ann and Dale have very humbly allowed me to share their story and start a fundraising page for their precious family of five (soon to be six). Kris Ann, who is expecting in February, is working full-time for Goodwill trying to make ends meet, while Dale is desperately seeking to support his family as well. Dale was diagnoses with MS in March of 2011 while working for the railroad. Although it was recommended that he retire from the railroad at that time, Dale continued to work for the railroad for another two years. In January 2013, Dale’s MS symptoms were getting worse but he had a strong desire to provide for his family. He was able to find another job which provided a more consistent and less stressful schedule. Dale was able to work as an ag mechanic until April 2014 when he lost his job. In the summer of 2014, Dale’s desire to find work, led him to the DVR for an evaluation. To his dismay, they concluded that in his current state he had no transferable skills for future employment.
After losing his job, he worked part-time as a church custodian. This past October, his MS symptoms escalated to the point where he can no longer consistently work. Dale has always been extremely gifted at work with his hands and has been able to support his family through this giftedness. Not only is Dale struggling with pain, fatigue, and cognitive functioning, but his MS has robbed him of the ability to consistently use his hands, provide for his family, and enjoy many of his hobbies.
And, to add insult to injury, Dale has been sent back and forth between the railroad and social security to receive disability benefits. They emptied their financial savings while waiting to be approved for social security. Just as he was about to be approved through social security (after a year and a half process), he was told a few weeks ago that he would need to reapply with the railroad and did not qualify under social security. To make matters worse, he had to recomplete ALL the paperwork, which can be excruciating physically and mentally for Dale.
Dale and Kris Ann are now left with no savings and no way to make ends meet without the help and support of friends and family. Anyone who knows this family knows they are the first to reach out and help others. Please consider reaching out to this incredibly faithful and loving family. Let’s wrap our arms around them with support and give back to them just a little love they have given to so many of us! May the financial support they receive carry them through until Dale is approved for disability.