Noah's Story- written by Tracy Kennedy
Tara and Dwayne have a wonderful child name Noah. Noah has the most infectious smile of anyone I know even though he's a 16 yr old boy with severe disabilities (Spastic Quadreplegic Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Cortical Visual Impairment and Speech Impairment) and relies on a wheelchair van for all of his mobility needs.
Noah cannot and will never be able to be transported by a normal vehicle due to his fused spine and other severe orthopedic issues. He has to remain in his wheelchair while in the vehicle for safety purposes.
This family has spent over 220k (after insurance) on medical expenses and Noah has had over 40 surgeries to fix and reconstruct various skeletal issues. Needless to say new medical bills are piling up each year and after each surgery. Most recently there's become a need for full time nursing care, which the family is struggling to provide -even with partial help from Community Services.
Only $9000 of medical debt remains to cover off Noah's medical equipment, including wheelchair parts, splints, bathlift, ceiling lift, and medications.
Allow me to mention that this is their last hope to ease their financial and emotional burden. With new medical bills on the horizon, this family needs all the help they can get from the public and business.
Noah is a very special boy as he has a very sensitive heart and is constantly concerned about the wellbeing of others before himself. As such, once his own needs are covered, he wishes to establish a Legacy Fund at the IWK that will provide some financial relief to other special needs families who are in dire need of help.
I am reaching out to you today in the hopes that you will give generously to this young man and give this family a chance at having a life where they are not constantly worrying about how they will pay off medical bills. This amount of stress is crushing them and the toll that this has taken on their family and physical health has been detrimental.
A Heartfelt Thank-you!