Parker had a difficult birth, fell off the growth charts by two months of age, and was hospitalized at three months old with failure to thrive and had a nasogastric feeding tube placed. We began a diagnostic journey that has taken us to numerous children's hospitals and even the National Institutes of Health, but still hasn't yielded a definitive diagnosis for the underlying cause of Parker's medical conditions. Parker isn't yet mobile, and he is still non-verbal. His nasogastric tube was eventually replaced by a permanent G-tube when he was one year old. Parker has both vision and hearing impairments, as well as scoliosis and epilepsy. He has worked so hard to learn to sit without support, he thrives in music therapy, and he loves swinging on his therapy swing. Despite his hardships, Parker nearly always has a beautiful smile to share, and his giggles let us know that he is a happy child.
I took three years off of work to care for Parker when his complex medical issues surfaced. During that time, in 2019, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Thankfully, family and friends rallied to provide support so that I could focus attention on my own health. I returned to work last year, and continue to manage my very costly condition. It is heartbreaking having to make choices between my medical care and Parker's care, between my life and Parker's. Many of Parker's medical needs are not covered by insurance. These expenses include some of his prescribed medications; out of network or non-covered medical care and therapies to help him make progress towards becoming mobile, communicating, and eating; adaptive equipment; and environmental modifications to our home. These are only some of the many expenses that we face to meet Parker's care needs.
In addition to GoFundMe, we are partnering with the local Kiwanis club to accept tax-deductible checks. 100% of donations go to pay Parker's medical expenses. Please send your check to the Leesburg Virginia Kiwanis Foundation, Attn: Parker Bradshaw Fundraiser, P.O. Box 445, Leesburg, VA 20176. Please include your name and address so this 501(c)(3) foundation may acknowledge your gift.
It is never easy to ask for help, and we are thankful for any support for Parker on his continued path to progress. It means the world to us to give Parker what he needs while our family is facing extraordinary challenges. Thank you from our family, Kelly, Brent, Nora, and most of all, Parker
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