Teacher Hit By Drunk Driver

For: Eve Bradford
Organizer: Family and Friends
of $12,000 goal
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Raised by 31 donors
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The Story

On March 21st, 2014, a drunk driver hit us on our way home from the movies. My 4 year old little brother, Dyson, had serious neck injuries and swelling on the brain. My mom, Eve Bradford, who is a 6th grade school teacher at Oakleaf Junior High School, was really seriously injured, too. It took rescue over an hour to cut her out of the car. A Life Flight helicopter landed in the Big Lots parking lot, and then flew her to a trauma hospital. Her pelvis was snapped in half, splitting up the lower part of her backbone, plus she also has a brain injury.

The doctors say that it is going to be a very long process for her to recover. They are starting to talk about things like nerve damage. But my mom won't give up. She is one of the most determined people I know!

My mom has always been the most giving person I have ever known. She gives to the community, helping every student she can, as well as giving to her own family. She has participated in fundraisers for heart disease, breast cancer, ALS, and Alzheimer's. She has always been responsible and a hard worker, and it is hard for her to ask for others for help. But now, she has a struggle of her own, and I would like to show her that others can be as giving as she is!

Even though my mom has insurance that covers a lot of the medical bills, there are a lot of things that are still not paid for, and she isn't getting a paycheck. Plus, she will lose the insurance that she has in October. Mom still has to pay for things like $65.00 co-pays with her specialists and over $100 a month for medications out of whatever money she can scrape together. Since she can't drive, she has to pay a cab to take her to her doctors appointments when her sister can't do it.

Here are some things that she could use money for to regain some of her independence and keep her on the road to recovery:

$9 Pay one way cab trip to her doctors on Kingsley Avenue. 
$20 One way trip in a cab to doctors further away.
$45 Copay for her regular doctor.
$65 Copay for her specialists.
$125 The cost of a set of special long term crutches that would take pressure off her wrists and hands. Eventually, she may be able to use these to be out of the wheelchair more.
$150 The cost of a  month's worth of medication for mom and Dyson.
$300 Electric scooter carrier to attach to the car.
$700: The cost of an inexpensive mobility scooter. Mom can't drive and only God knows when she will again. But there are stores within walking distance of our house, and if she had a mobility scooter, she could get out without having to ask someone else to take her. I know it bothers her that she has lost so much of her independence. There are some really dependable and cool looking mobility scooters that she would feel less self conscious about driving around, but they cost $2000 and up. I would love to raise enough money to get her one of those!

Adding everything up over the coming school year, I figure we are probably looking at raising around $19000. Anything beyond that would help her on a longer term basis. She is probably looking at years of a recovery process. I know that sounds like a lot of money. But, she has given so much in her life, and now it is her turn to receive. 

If 950 people see this and give just $20, or if 500 people give $40, we will hit that goal. Every little bit helps. Even just $10.00 will pay one way of a cab trip to her doctor.

Please help spread the word. Please share this on your Facebook page, Reddit, your email address book, Twitter, Tumblr, prayer list at church, blog, or wherever else you can think of. The more people who know, the more likely she will get the help she needs. And thank you for taking the time to read our story! God bless!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 10, 2014

Posted on December 10, 2014

Hello, everyone! Several people have asked for updates, so I am going ahead and posting one for all. 

First of all, the kids are all doing extremely well. Eli, the baby born almost 3 months prematurely, is absolutely perfect--a happy, healthy nine month old little guy. My 5 year old is enjoying kindergarten in a special class for kids who have physical impairments, and he continues to improve. He can run, and laugh, and is starting to catch up academically - - he is actually starting to read! And boy, does he know what he wants Santa to bring for Christmas! My teenager, Daniel, and my nephew, Jacob, are both doing beautifully, as well. My sister still struggles with hip pain and shoulder issues, so please also keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 

For me, there has not been a significant change, although I am adapting to this new life. The last time I saw one of my specialists, he said I likely have "nerve damage secondary to initial trauma." The nerve damage has a number of effects, from causing nerve pain, to making my left leg drag if I try to walk on my crutches for more than about 20 feet, to creating very... let's just call them interesting... digestive and bladder issues! Somehow, self-catheterizaton and bowel program management were never skills I expected to need to learn! 

My neurologist says I also have "Post-concussion Syndrome".

To be blunt, the prognosis is probably not very good for the nerve damage (although I remain hopeful), and I have a two year recovery arch for the brain trauma issue. At that point, we will have a better idea of how much my brain will recover.

Nevertheless, I always try to remember that it is an absolute miracle that I am here at all, so I count my blessings. I am able to be here when my little one gets off the school bus, I will eventually be able to volunteer with (Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and I can still smile, laugh, and enjoy life, even if it involves a wheelchair a large portion of the time! I can also now make it from my house to my car on specialized crutches, and I am actually allowed to drive short distances (very short distances!) on low-traffic, two-lane roads! For practical purposes, this means I can drive my teenager to school and make it to the grocery store near his school, but at least I am not solely tied to the house anymore. 

My wonderful Labrador pup, Morgan, is growing, learning, and is going to make a fine service dog one day. She will be a year old in January. 

I am starting to get creative with finances. :-) Disability denied my application, saying that they agree I am disabled now, but they aren't 100% certain that I will be disabled for at least a year. Sometimes, you just have to laugh! I have appealed it, of course, so if you don't mind, say a little prayer that it comes through! 

That about wraps things up. I am so grateful we are all here this holiday. A number of people have made reference to what a difficult year this has been, and while it has undoubtedly been more challenging than anything I could have ever expected to experience, to me 2014 will always be the Year of Miracles!

Have a beautiful and blessed Christmas, everyone! 

Posted on August 6, 2014

Posted on August 6, 2014

First, I want to say thank you so much to everyone who has been so very, very generous in helping me and my family. I have learned so much about the goodness of others, and I am profoundly grateful for the gifts, prayers, and support. I do not know what I would have done without you all! 
Second,  I  have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow evening. My doctor wants to check for a possible lumbar fracture. At this point, it doesn't make a lot of difference for the overall prognosis, but at least it would be a definitive diagnosis. 
I will update once I know the results. 
Thank you all again. God bless you! 

Posted on July 27, 2014

Posted on July 27, 2014

I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has shared and donated. I appreciate your thoughts, prayers and generosity from the bottom of my heart!
I have an exciting week coming up. Channel 4 News is doing a feature on us! We are filming at my church on Monday afternoon. Then, we are going to be in the studio for The Morning Show on Tuesday morning. I am still in shock. And completely terrified!
I have an appointment with my rehabilitation doctor on Thursday. I will let you all know what he says.

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