999 For the Burckhard Family

Allen Burckhard is a Deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in Ventura, California.  After taking time off and incurring high medical bills to find out what was wrong with his son (who is doing well today, thakfully), Allen's wife, Christy became ill.  They have been going to doctors for almost a year trying to find a specific diagnosis with no success to date.  Christy's health continues to deteriorate and she is now not able to be home by herself.  Allen has depleted his bank of time at work and is relying on friends to come in to the house while he is at work.  For the past two days, one son has been ill and had to come home from school.  Not wanting to expose their friend/caregivers to anything, Allen stayed home from work to care for Christy and their son and missed work.  He is now out of leave time and any time off is without pay.

Allen is facing a very uncertain future.  Christy has many tests scheduled and is unable to care for herself.  Allen has medical insurance, but every home visit his insurance will allow comes with a co-pay.  That could be $75/per day alone.  Additionally, if he has to take leave without pay, he will have to pay part, and very soon all, all of his medical premiums at almost $1,000/month.  

Allen did not want to ask for help, but his brother-in-law who is also a deputy reached out to us at their Association and asked for help.  We are trying to coordinate a donation of hours, but our county requires employees to jump through almost insurmountable hoops to get there.  

Therefore, we need to reach out and ask for any assistance you can give.  The family is under a tremendous amount of stress coupled with the unknown as Christy continues to rapidly deteriorate with no diagnosis.    Every penny donated will go directly to Allen to help defray any costs and pay the bills.  He is tremendously worried about feeding his children over the coming months and we ask you to help relieve some of that stress so that he can focus on taking care of his wife and children.  Thank you very much!

Below is what I asked Allen to write up for this campaign.  I am so touched by their love story and hope that you are also.  

From Allen:  Christy and I met when she moved in across the street from me.  I was 17 and she was 16 at the time in 1988.  We started dating and dated for six years before deciding to marry in 1994.  We had our first child Bradley in 2003, Second child Tyler 2006, and third child Ian 2010.  We purchased our first house in 1998 and are still there to this date.  Our son Bradley started having medical issues around 2014 which created numerous trips to several different doctors, time off work, and extra medical expenses.  Bradley was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus almost a year later.  In July 2017, we started to notice Christy having difficulty performing routine daily tasks.  Christy started seeing doctors about her condition in July 2017 and was then sent to the specialists at USC for further evaluation.  It has been determined Christy has a brain disorder that has yet to be diagnosed.  At this point in time Christy cannot walk without assistance, care for our three boys, and cannot be left alone due to her high fall risk.  I have depleted my vacation / comp banks to tend to the needs of my wife and son and expect there to be large medical bills soon.  Any money donated will be used only for medical and household necessities.

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  • Bob Young 
    • $300 
    • 16 d
  • David Paige 
    • $200 
    • 29 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Laurie Norris 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Marty Rouse 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Kasey Sirody 
Organizer
Ventura, CA
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