Joey's Mental Health Recovery Fund

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Hudy. My brother, Joey, just turned 20 years old and was recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia. You may remember Joey from the photo above when he had the awesome opportunity to attend the White House Science Fair where he displayed his project amongst dozens of other talented young students from across the country. Joey has traveled all over the world eagerly sharing his story about being a young Maker/inventor, and helping introduce other kids to STEMs.   The Maker movement was instrumental to Joey and he loved to share this experience with others. Joey is known by many as  a very smart, talented, giving, and fun loving young man.
After spending two weeks in a psychiatic hospital in Hong Kong, Joey was transferred to a treatment facility in Ohio called the Lindner Center for Hope.  My parents spent the month of February by his side as they lived in a hotel. This has been going on since early January and his condition progressed rapidly.
Last week he was transfered to a long term facility in Tennessee at the recommendation of his doctors. This will be a very long process for our family as this is a life long diagnosis that will require constant care, treatment and attention.  
You may not be aware of the significant cost of mental health care in the United States for such a diagnosis, and neither was I.  The Lindner Center for Hope costs $19,500 for just ten days. Pasadena Villa, where Joey is now in TN, will cost over $25,000 a month and Joey will likely have to stay for a minumum of three months.  After this time we still don't know how long it will take for the medications to be effective or what will be the next steps.
Anyone who knows my mother and father knows that they are some of the most generous and caring people you will ever meet. They fill the lives of others with so much love and support and they deserve the same, especially in such a difficult time. They constantly go above and beyond helping those around them in whatever way they can.  My parents have done tremendous things to promote STEM education and they have  encouraged so many people to get involved in the Maker Community throughout the years.  My brother and I have been fortnuate to experience this firsthand.  As their daughter, I only hope to be able to give as much support in return as I have always received from them.  I am aware of the finacial toll this has had on my family and I am hoping that you can help lessen the burden of this unforseen financial hardship.
Any funds received in excess of those needed for Joey's treatment will go to helping other families in similar situations.
My family really appreciates any help you can provide - financially and through your caring thoughts.

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    • $20 
    • 5 yrs
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Elizabeth Hudy
New River, AZ
Julie Williams-Hudy

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