CASE 26 • Twelve-year-old J has had a rough hand dealt to her. At age 3, she suffered a stroke. Then she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, which brings waves of pain. J is set to have a bone marrow transplant in January, but because of that, her family has to find a new place to live. Their current home is infested with rodents, and J must be in the cleanest environment possible to recover from surgery. J’s mom is looking for a place for her and her three siblings but lacks money for a deposit. The family also needs furniture and beds because of the rodent infestation. Clothes, toys, books and other household items are also on their wish list.
CASE 27 • D is 33 and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy that restricts his movement and requires adaptive equipment for mobility. He lives with his mom, Ms. A, who does not work outside of the home so she can care for him around the clock. Social Security income doesn’t stretch far enough to pay for needed medical equipment, including replacements for broken bed rails and a suction machine. The family is moving to a smaller home to cut expenses and could use help furnishing it, including a bed and mattress for D, sheets, and pots and pans. Help with transportation costs — the family doesn’t have a vehicle equipped to transport D — and a warm coat for him would also be appreciated.
Case profiles by Colleen Schrappen and Lisa Brown of the Post-Dispatch.