3 years ago, my husband and I came to understand the significance of the mental health problems in Australia and so made the decision to found the Sam Project.
We sold everything we owned including the family farm to fund this project. We built an expedition truck and set off to attempt every day to make a difference to the people we met, providing at no cost mental health education presentations to school children and their parents and communities at large. In that time we have travelled in excess of 60,000 kilometres and spoken to 10s of thousands of people.
23 days ago, Scott was rushed to a hospital in Brisbane where he was diagnosed with a golden staph infection in the hip; the infection had poisoned his blood which is a life threatening disease called septicaemia.
The staph ate away Scott’s cartilage in the hip so when Scott finally gets well enough, he will require a hip replacement. In the process of lying in bed in agony for weeks without movement, Scott has also developed an extensive DVT (blood clot) running from his abdomen to his ankle that requires life long management.
Whilst we are taking things one step at a time the plan is that as soon as Scott is able to move his legs without assistance, we will move from this hospital to the nearby rehab clinic, so that the road to full recovery can commence.
Current and on-going costs include a number of echocardiograms, CT scans, MRI, ultra sounds, two surgeries, numerous specialists, Scotts rehab, accommodation in Brisbane, flights to Sydney, storage for our truck, on-going medical checks, hip replacement, clot management etc.
We are forever hopeful that we will be back doing our needed work as early as possible in 2019. Sadly, theses medical costs will have a significant impact on our Sam Project budget. We have put aside our pride in the interests of the Sam Project and decided to follow the suggestion to start a Gofundme campaign. Any funds raised beyond our medical bills will be put towards the Sam Project.
From the bottom of our heart thank you for what you can give to help us get back on the road doing what we are passionate about, making a difference to the future of all, especially the young, Australians.
Every little bit counts.