CASE 73 • T was born at just 24 weeks because her mother’s water broke too early in the pregnancy. The preemie girl weighed less than 2 pounds at birth but has managed to develop into a happy, healthy 2-year-old with the help of extensive occupational, physical and speech therapy, and her mother’s dedication. Ms. B is working on a high school equivalency program and struggles to hold a job between her studies and her daughter’s medical appointments. She would like to save money to go to college and would appreciate donations toward tuition. She is also in need of personal items such as toiletries.
CASE 74 • Health issues, financial problems and caring for four children have pushed Ms. D and her husband of 17 years apart. While they work through marital challenges, their focus is on trying to keep their children, ages 3 to 16, in private school so they have better career opportunities than their parents did. Their 3-year-old son is showing signs of heart issues and is not gaining weight. Ms. D has a blood disorder that left her hospitalized for more than a week this year. The couple’s 13-year-old daughter began suffering anxiety attacks after her mother’s hospitalization and struggles with kidney problems. Ms. D also needs dental work. Donations to help with tuition as well as toys for Christmas would be a welcome boost.
CASE 75 • Mrs. C and her husband are both struggling with health issues and associated doctor fees. She has been diagnosed with cancer. He is an amputee with diabetes. They both have to see specialists, and with a $45 copay each visit, they’re struggling to keep up with bills and mortgage payments.
Case profiles by Blythe Bernhard, Christine Byers and Jacob Barker of the Post-Dispatch.