The Ledfords Hit With Two Tragedies

On July 26th, 2018 my sister Kristen Dawson Ledford was airlifted from Haywood Medical Center in Waynesville, North Carolina to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina diagnosed with an aggressive case of Bacterial Meningitis. It was determined the bacteria entered her system through an ear infection she had been battling.  As of today, August 9th, she remains in a coma.  My sister Kristen is the loving mother of two young children Rylie age 9 & Grayson age 5. Together with her husband James, they lived a simple life in the hills surrounding Waynesville, North Carolina. With simple means, they lived in a rental house they’ve made their own. With what they lacked in means, they made up with love. The four of them are inseparable, and now tragedy has struck their lives.  It’s been two weeks now, and Kristen remains unresponsive.  With her family by her side, her doctors are not giving up hope for improvement.

To make matters worse, last night, August 8th, as rains continue to fall in Western North Carolina, a massive tree fell on their home making it uninhabitable. They are now homeless. While their mother lays in bed unaware, her two children and husband face another setback. They need help. They need housing.  I'm starting this page because people have been calling me and asking "what can I do?"  As someone who has always tried to help organizations and causes in my community, I am now asking the community for help back.  Any help you can give will help us secure a temporary rental for James and the children, pay medical bills that will mount and bring some sense of normalcy back to my niece and nephew's lives.  I leave this in your hands, the reader, to give what you can.  This tragedy has reminded me that family is first.  If there is any silver lining to this dreadful story, it's inspired me to be more present in my family's lives.  Let this be a lesson for all of us.  God bless.  Thank you. 

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Ryan Dawson 
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