Tim has a Traumatic Brain Injury and cardiac issues that have prevented him from working for several years. He received his TBI by falling 80 feet while climbing the Grand Tetons years ago. He managed to be productive for many years but in 2014 he suffered a ruptured colon and was hospitalized for 3 weeks and never fully recovered. He was recently deemed to be an "incapacitated person" with short term memory in the "1" percentile. He will need to have a legal guardian declared for him. He has past memories but very minimal short term memory and his cognitive abilities in general are very limited. He has an Epidermoid Brain Tumor (non cancerous, non operable) as a result of the fall, and has suffered some minor heart attacks and stroke-like episodes in recent years.
Sierra is a beautiful and bright 14 year old. She is diagnosed with Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and Mental Health Disorders. After many years of homeschooling she is attending Woodland Park High School and doing very well! She recently attended the Homecoming Dance! She is also a culinary genius and loves to bake and cook from scratch organic, healthy meals and baked goods. After having walked with a limp her whole life, she began a series of surgeries to help her walk straight. Earlier this year she had a calf lengthening procedure which allowed her to walk flat footed rather than on her tippy toes. She wore a cast and brace for months and her limp is minimal now. Next she will likely have a double kneecap surgery (yikes) since she is prone to dislocating her knees.
Kaden is a very kind and smart 12 year old attending Woodland Park Middle School. He loves Math and Science. He is a Rubik's Cube Phenom...able to solve a 3x3 cube in under 30 seconds and a 2x2 cube in 5 seconds! He has attended 5 competitions and qualified to attend the US Nationals Competition! He is very social and empathetic kid, often helping his Dad and others less fortunate. He's had a tough year having been diagnosed with Depression and PTSD mainly due to his sister and family stress.
After years of Corporate work and later working as a home health and hospice provider, Vicki had to stay home full time starting in 2014 to care for the family. They were able to creatively live with low or free rent for several years with the support of government and local non profit organizations. Unfortunately as of January, 2018, this situation changed suddenly. The family relocated to Woodland Park and has been camping in tents since May. Vicki began working in Home Health again this summer and after Tim turned 62 in August, the family finally began collecting social security benefits in September. There are several local non-profit organizations that are supposed to be helping them get back in a home but it's now October and they are still camping. They have all managed the elements, including Bears, Wolves and a very pesty Raccoon all summer and fall. Also camping with them are 2 dogs, 4 cats and 6 kittens! Everyone has managed the hardships pretty well except in recent weeks their Chihuahua mix, Bella, stopped eating presumably from prolonged exposure to cold temps. She finally was able to see the vet in early October with a 103 degree fever and canine anorexia. With antibiotics and an appetite stimulant, the family is still hoping to save her. She is so skinny, weak and shivers daily even with a fleece coat, blankets and newly purchased propane heater. Sadly the family had to re-home their beloved Newfoundland Fluffy last spring as they thought it would just be too much to camp with 3 dogs, and they found a wonderful home for him in Las Vegas!
Tim's family has helped out by buying swim passes to the local pool so they can swim and shower! Much appreciated donations have been generously given by Lauri, Kathleen, Karen, Kathy P., Lia and Sean so far. The family had hoped they would long since already been back in a house....but starting soon the weather is expected to drop into the 20's at night with daytime highs only in the 40's and 50's. Tim and Vicki could keep holding out...but it's very hard for the kids to go to school from a tent...and it's getting just too cold for some of their pets. Sadly, Vicki's family could help but due to alcoholic tendancies, her mother and brother are hoarding all of her late Father's abundant assets and survivor benefits and have turned a blind eye to their plight.
Once the family is in a home (with a roof, 4 walls, heat and flushing toilets!!), any additional funds will go towards a new family vehicle (theirs is a 1995 minivan not running so great) and then towards supporting the kids culinary and cubing pursuits.
Thank you so much for helping in any way possible...every little bit helps!!
- Kelly Ravner
- Jane Crick
- Vicki Owen
- Jamie Bigelow
- Leslie Nuchow
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