Since the founding of Moving Veterans Forward (MVF) 9 years ago, he has helped over 1500 homeless veterans and their families in the surrounding area find housing and get on the path to becoming self reliant. Neither Ron nor any of his team are paid anything to run the organization. They run it all out of the goodness of their heart, partly due to Ron being a fellow Vet himself.
While Ron has been dealing with his cancer diagnosis, Kim has been fighting her own health battle. On January 25th, 2020 Kim had a horrific fall at home. She was attempting to let her dogs out when she tripped and fell and broke her arm in 3 spots and broke her leg. For an otherwise healthy person this fall would have been catastrophic but for Kim it was even more devastating. Kim already relied on both hands to be able to use canes to help her walk as she has endured 8 surgeries on her hips over her life time.
Kim will now be spending 6 weeks in a rehabilitation center, mostly because it is not safe for her to come home. Ron and Kim live in a multi-level home. After Kim's last surgery she was mostly confined to her room as she could not navigate the many stairs in her home. They have struggled to live in their own home for the last few years.
Kim and Ron are now struggling to afford all of their medical bills. Cancer drugs are very expensive. Kim will need to be able to return home but unfortunately her home is not suited for her. There are several steps up to the front door and then more steps to her room. Ron has just started his next round of chemo again and struggles to keep food down and take care of his family. Kim will need a lot of support but so will Ron.
For a family that has given everything they have to serve our community and more importantly serve our most vulnerable veterans, we can do better! Ron received an award in November for the non profit of the year. Lets make that award mean something. I'm asking for your help! Lets help this selfless family afford their much needed medications, lets help them get a ramp installed to their home and lets help ease their burden if only for a moment.
- James Bonge
- Lori Lea
- Bill Cashell
- Chris Lann
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