Help Megan Deban's fresh start!

For: Megan DeBan
Avon Lake, OH
Organizer: Tabetha Martin
$6,164
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The Story

Megan is a newly single mother to 3 incredible kids.  She is a USN Veteran, who has for years given herself to serving others.  After years of trying,  she was finally able to bravely get her kids and herself away from a non-ideal situation.  It took a lot of humility,  struggling to find a home,  a job and a decent school situation for her very special needs son,  Cole.  She quietly bore the weight of this major life change until she found a home to call their own. 

Shortly after she finally let friends know of these huge life changes, Cole ended up on the hospital (9/6). About a week and a half later he was taken back for surgery.  The following excerpt was taken from a post by Megan:

"Cole was born with two rare chromosome disorders. Deletion 22Q13 and trisomy 9. He as many medical issues due to these conditions. ex. Autism, global developmental delay, cannot regulate his body temperatures, seizures, one kidney, kidney disease, and reduced brain matter, hypo tonic cerebral palsy, this is just a few. He is a happy boy, but struggles in public and social settings."

During his surgery yesterday,  Megan discovered her estranged spouse had her car repossessed. Inside was Cole's wheelchair.  On her own,  with 3 children (one hospitalized) and a new job, this can only be described as a nightmare.  

Many of us begged her to allow us to help,  being to far away to do much else but fundraise. Ideally she needs a gas- decent van,  to fit Cole, his wheelchair, her two daughters and Cole's amazing service dog Cora. $5000 is very low,  but right now she even just needs something temporary,  to get her through,  help her keep her job,  and be able to survive.  

If you've ever been a single parent or braved the exit of an abusive relationship or a parent to a special needs kiddo, surely you can understand the magnitude of what she is going through and will help!  Thank you so much!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 8, 2017

Posted on January 8, 2017

Here's is an Update from Megan: 
"Cole continues on this roller coaster recovery, in Dec I lost my job due to wanting to be at cole bedside for a kidney surgery.. I continue to apply to jobs but nothing is hiring until after the holidays. Even though the fundraiser says there is $4000, we have been living off of the donations whole Cole has been in and out of the hospital. Cole was able to get a new wheelchair, and IA care which I paid a deposit and am paying $100 a week. I had paid monthly.  My rent is $950 plus my utilities."

Please remember the strength it takes to leave an unhealthy situation, and even more so when children are involved.  Remember she is a single parent to a child with severe special needs AND a mother to two young girls.  Remember she is a Veteran and serve our country.   Please find out in your heart to share this fundraiser and to donate if you can!  

Posted on November 29, 2016

Posted on November 29, 2016

Things have continued to be rocky for Megan and her kids.  While Cole was able to go home, and Megan was able to secure transportation, Cole ended up right back in the hospital shortly after.   Megan lost her job due to time away (she had not been there long enough to establish leave time ) .  It is giving Tuesday,  please consider donating to this amazing veteran and single  mother, who was brave enough to leave an unhealthy situation! 

Posted on September 21, 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016

It's been an overwhelming morning. As I mentioned last night thing aren't progressing. We maybe revisiting the operating room, originally they thought they persevered part of his original Gtube surgery... his wrap.. well he is now refluxing his Jtube feeds.. which for those who don't know it's a huge set back... and I'm awaiting the final word.. but he is aspirating his refluxed feeds.. ??... he did have a chest X-ray. Last night when I went and visited the girls he pulled out two buttons that were sewn on to his skin to tether his Gtube. This morning I had to teach a medical student how to interact with Cole, I am still panicking my electrical outlets on my home can support Coles new equipment, my gas was turned off, I had moldy vomit clothes to wash, my girls miss me as much as I miss them.., and my car.. my work.. right now this is my life.. and you Facebook land are my only adult interactions. No one has visited in days.. and though if you text, or if I say something and I can't immediately reply or explain.. I'm on 4 hrs sleep a 1/2 of meal... and a space Cadet... some stuff I can't share because I'm trying so hard to be positive.. if you have a question pm me...?if I don't get back to you.. be patient.. some stuff I don't want to talk about.. I'm try my best.. I really am if I have hurt anyone's feelings I apologize. ?????? -Megan

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