|| Asheville, NC || Submitted: 2010-09-12
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Progress: We've raised 100% of the cost of this application!
This person has left the following thank you note:
Wow! I am almost at a loss for words to express how grateful I am for you to share your hard--earned monies to help my family. When I read the email that I received the Modest needs grant, I was sitting in the computer lab of the elementary school I work at and screamed out loud! I shared the whole story with the class and everyone started cheering! Many of them knew my daughter, Meiko and were all so excited to hear that she 'won' a pair of braces! I am tickled pink to know that she will be on her way to walking before her second birthday! She is the greatest little girl and this gift from all of you is the greatest thing I've had happen since her diagnosis. No where else have people been so generous and honestly loving. Thank you Thank you Thank you for doing such a nice thing for us. I will be forever grateful for your kindness and will share this story with Meiko when she is older. I look forward to donating to Modest Needs in the future in order to help someone else as much as you all have helped us. Your generosity has without a doubt changed the quality of life for my daughter. Peace & Love to you all, Lori & Meiko
Orthotic Braces For My Daughter
I am requesting help from Modest Needs in order to purchase a pair of Ankle-Foot Orthotic Braces for my daughter who is about to turn two years old. Due to brain damage during her birth she now has Cerebral Palsy and has extreme difficulty balancing herself, standing, or walking. She spends the majority of her time laying down or sitting in a special chair and does not get much exercise or to see the world from an upright position. She loves to jump and play but due to her inability to balance she is not able to stand without assistance of some type.
With a pair of orthotic braces she will be able to balance, stand, and eventually walk on her own. Most importantly the braces will be the start of her being more independent. Without them, however, she will be continue to be limited in her movements and interactions with her family and the world.
I used to be a fulltime teacher, however, since the birth of my daughter and because of the brain damage she suffered, I am no longer able to work fulltime. Now I substitute teach which has cut my annual salary by more than half. My income supports the basic care of myself and my daughter. However, a purchase totaling this much is not something I have the funds to pay for out right. The doctor we'd be getting the braces from does not offer payment plans and they must be paid for in advance. My insurance company's deductible is $5,400 and until I meet that out of pocket amount they will not pay for any of her special equipment. Since I have not met my total deductible I will have to pay for her braces out-of-pocket.
I want my child to see and experience the world the way other children do and for her to do everything she desires. Until she receives these braces she will continue to have limited mobility. It breaks my heart to see her so excited and eager to be more active, but without the proper support for her legs she simply cannot move around independently like other children.
She is limited to laying down, being in a specialized chair, or having to be carried wherever she goes. This has severely delayed her muscle development and levels of activity. These braces will allow her an entirely new outlook on life! She'll be able to reach out and touch and see things she wasn't able to before, just from being in an upright and stable position.
Her two-year birthday will symbolize many milestones, but sadly standing up or walking will not be one of them if she doesn't receive these braces. I hate that I'm not able to afford these simple but life-changing devices for my daughter. To see her smiling at me and know that she wants to play and try to move her body, but can't tears me apart. I want to see her running towards me in the grass, jumping in her grandfather's arms, riding a tricycle, etc. All those things I took for granted before are now so precious.
These braces will be the start to so many new things in her life, but it would be months and months before I could save up the money to purchase them. I humbly ask Modest Needs to consider my request for Ankle-Foot Orthotic braces for my 22 month old lovely daughter. It would change not only her life but the lives of our whole family. Thank you
As of 2010-10-07, this application has been fully funded!
This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.
Application Status Update: On 2010-10-12, Modest Needs sent payment via Check in the amount of $1,798.16 to Asheville Orthotic & Prosthetic on behalf of this deserving individual.