Bales Family Emergency Fund

$9,216 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 21 months
As many of you know, my dad, Terrell Bales is a loving husband and father of 4.  We are his entire world.  Being the sole provider of our family, the medical crisis he’s suffered has created a tremendous hardship both financially and emotionally.  At 46 years old, he’s suffered a massive stroke.  Please take a few minutes to read our story and see for yourself why we’re asking our friends and family for help.

In June of this year, my mom and dad finally realized their dream of opening their own automotive repair shop.  They put every dollar they had into this business.  Many new businesses struggle, but my parents had a particularly hard time as it was just the two of them running the shop; most times working 7 days a week/15 hrs a day.  Unfortunately, the business was not doing as well as they’d hoped but they saw signs of things picking up in early November.  It became clear to me the struggle my parents were facing trying to take care of both the business bills and home, so I transferred to a University closer to home so I could move back and help as much as I could with the heavy financial burden. Fast forward to November 23rd – the day before Thanksgiving….

While at the shop with my mom, my dad suffered a massive stroke and brain bleed due to high blood pressure that he was unaware he had.  My mom rushed him to the hospital where he was transported immediately to a larger hospital in the Houston Medical Center so he could receive care in the ICU. Once in a more stable condition, he stayed there in the stroke unit for over a week before moving to an inpatient rehabilitation center in Sugar Land for another two weeks.  He suffered severe paralysis of his entire left side which left him unable to walk or use his left hand (he is left handed).  Fortunately, he’s able to talk and has all cognitive functions.   My mom had to make the difficult decision to close the shop as she didn’t have the means to hire a mechanic to take my dad’s place.  As it stands, the doctors are unsure if my dad will regain enough function to work as a mechanic or do any job that requires the use of his dominant hand. 

The fall-out of closing the business has been immense.  Legal issues, court fees, extensive debt that my parents can’t pay due to them having no income is devastating.  I was fortunate enough to be hired at a local income tax office and am trying my best to help my family but my income is limited and I’m a full-time student. My sister and I are helping my mom care for our younger brothers as best we can while my mom looks for work.  One of the largest problems is that my dad needs therapy, but due to medical insurance changing, he may not be able to receive any.  As well, my family has a great deal of personal debt from opening the business.  My mom has told me her immediate goal is to keep the mortgage and utilities paid, but without her having a college degree or job history (she was a stay at home mom for 19 years before going to work at the shop with my dad), it is proving difficult to find a job that pays enough for her to support 6 people. 

My personal goal is to try to raise enough money to keep our family in our home until my parents are able to find work.  My dad realizes he needs a career change since he probably won’t be able to work as a mechanic anymore.  The first step is to be able to regain use of his left side so he may pursue a new path.  

This has been a very difficult year and I worry about my mom’s health as she struggles to care for my dad and us kids.  My parents are extremely private and don’t like asking for help which is why I’m reaching out to our wonderful community that has shown such care during this time (thank you to everyone that has offered their help so far). I’m asking family and friends to see if you can find it within your hearts and budgets to help us try to keep our home and bills paid while we all try to deal with this new life we’re suddenly faced with.  The bottom line is no matter what, we have our dad.  This has been the scariest thing we as a family have ever had to face in our lives, but we can’t image a world without him. 

Thank you and with much love,

Jordan, Samantha, Justin and Sean Bales


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Hey everyone! This update is full of good news! First, I didn't want to post this until I was sure Terrell would be able to complete the 1500 piece puzzle the kids and I got him. And of course it was a Disney puzzle - y'all know how we feel about Disney World! The point of the puzzle was to help him with the dexterity and muscle control of his left hand. He finished it like a champ. The bad news is his left leg is still a problem but he's working hard every day to get back on track.

Since I've been home, I've been going over our household bills to see where we could save money. With the hopes of Terrell being back at work by April, I know we've got to hang in there for a little longer. As I went through all the utility bills, when I got to the electric bill, I realized it was time to renew with our provider Ambit Energy. As usual, I looked up rates and once again Ambit came out on top (we've been with them for years). In addition to amazing rates and customer service, we've got almost enough points to go on a completely paid for 4 day (2 person) cruise! I'm hoping that will inspire Terrell to keep pushing forward. Believe it or not, we've been married for almost 22 years and have NEVER been away on a vacation without the kids. Seriously. We used our earned Ambit points back in early 2005 to take the family on our first trip to San Antonio. Anyway, if there's anything I can do to help save y'all some money, I'll do it! Friends, family and even strangers have been so incredibly AMAZING during this difficult transition in our lives. If your electric or gas is deregulated, and you want me to see if I can save you some money, message me here, on FB or email: and I'll see if I can help. It's the least we can do.

Until the next update, hope everyone is doing well and I'm happy to report things are starting to (slowly) look up for the Bales. :)
1500 piece puzzle Terrell finished!
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I want to apologize for the delay in posting updates about Terrell's recovery. Last week he received his new leg brace from ortho. It's so very helpful in that he can finally walk without his toes dragging and his knee buckling. Huge improvement! He's worked hard to get to a point where he's taking no pain medication though he's still in tremendous nerve pain. If you know Terrell, you know he likes to be at 100% and doesn't like the effects of the pain meds.

Due to insurance issues, he hasn't been getting PT and OT therapy but does work on his own at home. Good news though! Next week he goes for an evaluation at Project Walk. This is BIG and we hope he's accepted into the program.

Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone again that's helped us through this difficult time. A long recovery road is ahead of him but with all our family and friends support, I know he can do it!
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I wanted to update you all on Terrell's progress. He's been fitted for a special brace for his ankle and leg to hopefully help correct his walking issue. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it'll be a covered expense. BP is still being closely monitored with changes being made to his meds that will hopefully help with his fatigue.

Our heater stopped working at the house but with a referral from a friend, we were able to get it fixed today thanks to your generous donations. Thank goodness it only needed a small repair! I recently discovered Terrell can't be cold at all because when he is, his body hurts pretty bad so it was important I got the heater fixed ASAP.

All in all I think (hope) things are starting to look up. Terrell continues to make progress each day and it's our hope that with enough time, he'll be able to get somewhat back to normal.
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Thank you everyone for your donations and support. Terrell had an intense OT and PT therapy session yesterday. Some days with therapy are good and others, like yesterday, not so much. He continues to fight extreme fatigue due to blood pressure medication issues and muscles busy trying to "come back online". With his left side muscles starting to work again, comes a great deal of pain. From what the doctors say, this is a good thing as it means he's regaining feeling.

We hope 2017 brings everyone much luck and love. Happy New Year!

The Bales
Terrell, Becky, Jordan, Samantha, Justin and Sean
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$9,216 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 21 months
Created December 29, 2016
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