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Share the Season: Driving to KC for medical reasons has been a drain on mom’s finances

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

Her 5-year-old son has had seizures since he was 3 years old. Lately, the seizures have been happening more frequently, lasting longer each time, the mother said

“From October to November, he’s probably only been at school for two weeks,” she said.

He has had treatments primarily at Kansas City-area hospitals, where doctors have considered removing scar tissue that they think is causing his seizures, she said.

“We have to make sure his speech and everything won’t be lost if we do surgery,” she said.

Driving to Kansas City and back has been a drain on her. For the past few years, her car has been unreliable, she said.

She has relied on family and friends to lend her vehicles to take her son to treatment. When Share the Season was able to help her pay her utility bills and personal medical expenses, she said it took a weight off her shoulders.

“You’re trying to get the best care for your son, but you have to rely on family and friends to do that,” she said. “I can focus on him and not have my bills until after Christmas, when they’ll start stacking up again.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $186,912.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

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