Dawes Family in Severe Crisis Due to Medical Issues

For: Melissa & Alan Dawes
Organizer: Jonathan Melanson
Dawes Family in Severe Crisis Due to Medical Issues (Melissa & Alan Dawes)
$2,025
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 29 donors
33% Complete
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The Story

Melissa just underwent her 14th spine operation and had to take her 3rd leave of absence from work. With all the medical bills and cost of living, the family was not in a financial position to do this, but had no choice as Melissa's spine damage worsened to the point she was losing the ability to walk. Still recovering from the last round of surgeries, the family now finds themselves in an even worse position than before. Melissa still needs more treatment and the family is facing losing their small condo because the finances have been drained. Please help the Dawes family so they do not lose their home and Melissa can continue to receive the life-saving care she needs. They have kept the drastic nature of their situation quite private, but it is at a point they stand to lose what little they have and this will impact the further care Melissa needs.

Many know Melissa has struggled for years, but most don't know this all started when she was in an accident and broke her neck. Her husband, Alan, works 2 jobs, but this barely touches the debt they had to take on for Melissa's medical treatment. Doctors believe they finally have a solution to prolong Melissa's physical abilities and with all things going right, she will be able to work for a few more years. The doctor does not expect her to have many years left of employment and she will have to take a permanent disability. I have watched my sister do all she can to help and it is heartbreaking. As her brother, I want to ask those who love the Dawes family to help contribute and take this burden off their shoulders so Melissa can get better and Alan can care for her.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 18, 2014

Posted on October 18, 2014

Another surgery is scheduled. She was supposed to have it Thursday, but at the last minute it was postponed to Monday. The surgery from the summer is not working, in fact there are really bad complications. So Monday a spine surgeon will do a revision surgery and depending on how much scar tissue is in her spine will determine exactly what will be done. Either new wires will go in or a more invasive proceedure requiring a piece of vertebrae to be cut out of her spine. And then another 2 month recovery so more scar tissue will grow and secure the battery and leads. It is a neverending story.

Thank you to all those who have contributed. It has helped so very much and contiues to be a relief. The family is overwhelmed by the love and genoorisity of so many.

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