We Have An Update: Hello visitors-friends-supporters. I appreciate your valuable time to read this story about Ira & Stan Roberson.
I found this story about the two brothers in Milwaukee Wisconsin about 12 years ago so I’ve gained the trust, and confidence to tell their story.
This short introduction is about the brothers, Ira and Stan Roberson, who have lived together, and are rarely separated through various life challenges. Imagine giving total care for a sibling, and you have to surrender some of your own social life, and personal time to give total care for life.
Ira was born with cerebral palsy, and while there are several stages of this debilitating disease, he requires ’total care’. He uses a power wheelchair which he controls using a joystick controller. Ira is able to handle his drinking cup and uses utensils to feed himself with the assistance of his sole caretaker, Stan.
51 years ago a doctor told his parents that, because of Ira’s cerebral palsy and cognitive delay condition, his life expectancy would not go beyond his teenage years!
The other siblings in the Roberson family household, most are living out of state or have families with children of their own, which makes for an extraordinary task to raise Ira in those households.
The 2nd oldest brother Stan has been Ira’s primary caretaker for 34 years.
A typical routine starts with Stan waking at 5 AM preparing breakfast Monday thru Friday (including weekends) to have Ira nurished and ready for his transit ride to the rehabilitation center for his occupational therapy during the week days, where Ira has attended for 26 years.
Stan already does homecare for an agency and usually leaves shortly after that to start his day attending to his patient(s) needs as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).
Stan's work schedule revolves around Ira. He gets home early enough to meet Ira’s transit ride when it drops him off at home from the center. Stan does all the chores required for a ‘total care‘ patient.
Stan rarely gets time off from the job because of his days working with other patients and when his day is finished, he’s back home waiting for Ira, providing all his needs.
Ira never been away on a vacation. Though he gets pleasure riding to and from his rehabilitation center Monday to Friday. He seems to not mind when the transport ride is delayed by a sudden storm or stuck in traffic.
Ira is 51, and Stan is 59.
Stan would love to take Ira on a vacation of a lifetime. Some place with a total change of view. The plans are to tour around Chicago in a few months from now...around Ira's birthday in May 2018.
We established this GoFundMe account exclusively for Ira, all donations received will be for the special accommodations, transportation (Amtrak) that Ira reqires for his total care regiment
during this vacation of a lifetime.