I know it's been a while since my last post. I decided that I will start it back up again for my upcoming summer vacation! And of course to just keep everyone updated in the life of Katie.
I want to start out this blog with something very important. We are currently in the process of raising money for my little brother in order to buy him a lift for my mom's van. Please take the time to read his story! If you are able to donate, that's awesome! If not, that's ok too, I just ask that you PLEASE share his story. It is truly amazing. Here is the link:
Our goal is $10,000. I know that may seem like a lot for a lift, but the lift is just the most important thing (top of the list) for his needs right now. There are other things that we need to do. Right now we have a make shift ramp from our porch to the ground. My step-dad made it himself. It gets the job done, but since it's wood it has already started to warp because of the rain.
This is the distance from our front porch to where my mom parks her van.
Even a few days after the rain stops, the drive still has mud.
You can see his wheelchair tracks in the mud. We don't want to pave our whole driveway, just a ramp and sidewalk would be great.
Another area that needs attention is the bathroom. My mom's house has 2 bathrooms, 1 in the front of the house and 1 in the back (near Chandler and my mom's rooms). Currently, Chandler's chair for showering is in the front bathroom because it is the only bathroom with a shower and not just a tub. My mom has to carry him through 4 or 5 different door panels just to get him to the shower. For those who don't know him, he is a big boy! About 4'8"! My mom is barely 5'0" herself. This is a difficult task. Plus, the chair itself barely fits in the shower.
There are a few smaller projects we need to complete for his as well. Since he is doing so much better now, he will get to move back into his old room. Right now it is overrun with boxes of his supplies. We will need some type of shelving or storage units for those things. Fortunately for him, he does receive some assistance, so he will be getting a new bed soon!
There are other things he will need in the future, but right now we are focusing on one thing at a time. First, we will try and get the lift as soon as possible. That is really our top priority. He needs to be safe whenever my mom needs to take him on the long drives to his doctor's appointments. She lives in a small town and has to drive about 250 miles to his doctor appointments. Second, we want to make my mom's life easier by constructing a concrete ramp and walkway. This will prevent any injury from occurring in the rain, and it will hopefully keep Chandler out of the mud! Lastly, we need to reconstruct his bathroom to make it more safe and closer to his room.
I really hope everyone will share his story. He means a lot to me and my family, and I want to make sure he is as comfortable as possible. Once you read the story, you will understand his situation so much more. Please take the time to read, donate, and share.
Stay tuned for my blog about our recent trip Branson, Missouri for Spring Break!