A Car for Cause
On December 26, 2012 Nicole came in to this world born a twin and child to a mother who was unable to care for her. Family quickly stepped up and took her sister home. Unfortunately, Nicole was not as healthy and would need a lot of additional care.
Born with a giant omphalocele (gastric organs on the outside of her body), Nicole required a wound vacuum, tracheostomy and gtube to survive. Her hospital stay lasted eighteen long months until the perfect opportunity came along.
A PICU nurse, Amber, met Nicole when she was just a few months old. As her primary nurse, the two developed a very special bond.
From the time Amber was a child, she knew she wanted two things. To become a nurse and to be called mommy one day. Little did she know that achieving one dream would help her to fulfil the other.
Amber started nursing school when she was just sixteen. After graduating high school, she began working full time in the hospital and has continued to do so simultaneously while working on her degrees. Amber is currently working towards a doctorate to become a nurse practitioner.
She met her husband, Taylor, in 2011. Their love quickly blossomed and they married in May 2013. With the thought of kids in the back of both of their minds and the relationship that Amber and Nicole shared, the two took steps to become foster parents. They brought Nicole home just a few days after their first wedding anniversary.
Since birth, Nicole has had thirteen major surgeries and has two more on the horizon. With every surgery comes high risk, pain, tears and many complications. But Amber is able to provide something for her that most cannot. Round the clock in home care with the added love of a natural and stable home environment.
On February 24, 2016 Nicole was adopted. Amber and Taylor officially introduced her to the world as their daughter but they were her mommy and daddy long before the legal papers were ever processed.
Now their goal is to do the same for other medical needs children. In the recent months, they began to foster a second child with similar sever medical needs. They want to provide a happy home to those kids who often times don't have the opportunity to experience a normal life.
So now comes the part where you can help my sister achieve her dream of making a difference in these kid’s lives. She currently drives a compact SUV that her small family has already outgrown. Because of this, Taylor and Amber are limited in opening up their home to more special needs foster children.
As a full-time student and medically fragile care giver, Amber and Taylor have realized that this is their true passion and calling. Amber has had to step out of the hospital setting and now concentrates on care taking at home. Because of this, affording a secondary car payment is nearly impossible.
To you and I a vehicle may just be a nice to have and it is not right to ask for help to buy one in every situation. However, the purchase of this vehicle will aid the Boyd’s in providing care for more foster kids to come.
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**Warning - some of the images of Nicole after birth are very graphic and should be viewed with caution.
Please fix your go-fund-me page so I can donate. I've tried more than once but it won't let me. Sorry, maybe you can let me know when the problem is cleared up. Praying for your family.
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that your family is going to be truly blessed. My husband currently works as a cable contractor and had to do a job at a nursing home/rehab facility that cared for the elderly and children. He told me that it was such a difficult thing to witness, also I was in and out of foster care as a child and trust me. ...there's something so special about being genuinely cared for by a stranger, because you know it's from the heart. I started a go fund me page back in November for my mom due to illness, and now I'm battling illness. It's been so tough and I've wanted to throw the towel in, I can't donate at this time. ..but I need to tell you to hang in there and things will get easier. Every time things seem a bit rough, just love harder, laugh louder, smile in between tears, and give the family more hugs and kisses. Becoming one with love, peace, and my spirituality has helped all the blows to soften. Sorry so long winded...but you deserve to be appreciated. When I'm back on my feet, I'll remember your family.