Kayla was born with a muscular degenerative disease. What this meant for Kayla was that as time went on, she lost more and more control over her muscles. Kayla was having a hard time using her manual wheelchair.
Kayla was becoming more withdrawn from her friends and classmates because she couldn’t keep up. Her mom knew the time had come to get Kayla a power wheelchair. There was a problem though, the wheelchair suited to Kayla’s needs cost a whopping $17,600. As a single mom and working as a teacher’s assistant, it would take a long time to save for Kayla’s chair. Not knowing what to do, Kayla’s mom called the local Rotary clinic who in turn put her in touch with Easter Seals Nova Scotia
Through the efforts of Easter Seals Nova Scotia and various community organizations in Kayla’s area, enough funds were raised to purchase Kayla a shiny new red power chair. Kayla’s mom reports that Kayla is thriving at school and has rejoined the activities she had recently shied away from. With barriers removed, children are free to discover their full potential.
Enrolling a special needs child in an overnight camp for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience for a parent or caregiver. Parents of chronically ill children face anxiety, fear and challenges every day, giving that child’s care up to complete strangers is definitely out of the comfort zone for many of them.
In the words of Abbie’s Mom, “it was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever made. Handing over such a fragile, vulnerable child to strangers took a tremendous amount of faith. And yet, it was one of the best decisions we’ve made.
Abbie, our unique and special child fit right in amongst other unique and special children. Camp Tidnish is now a huge part of our lives. It is the promise of a week of fun, friendships and normalcy for Abbie. The staffs at Camp Tidnish and Easter Seals Nova Scotia are exceptional and have been such a blessing in our lives. Our terrifying leap of faith has become an easy, natural step into an annual highlight in Abbie’s life.”
Jo has degenerative arthritis that directly affects his knees and his ability to walk. At only 56 Jo went from using a cane to a walker and then was prescribed a specialized leg brace by his doctor, which would allow him to continue walking.
The cost of the leg brace was beyond what Jo and his wife Catherine could afford. They contacted several agencies seeking assistance without success before someone told Jo about Easter Seals Nova Scotia.
Thankfully, Jo obtained funding from Easter Seals’s Assistive Devices program and recently received his brace. If only people knew what it means to get financial relief in a situation like this, Catherine says. We are on a pension and never would have been able to afford it without Easter Seals’ help.Share on Facebook