If you live in Gloucester county, you know the Scalf family. John and Karen have 2 handsome sons, Jackson is 5 and Jace is 3. John Scalf is the head coach for Gloucester High School's football team. Bringing them to a wonderful victory this season as they qualified for the playoff's. This has not been accomplished for the Gloucester Dukes since 1988! Karen Scalf is the choral director at Page Middle School and a private voice and piano instructor. She loves directing musicals and has volunteered a lot of her time (after football of course) doing Junior musicals every year for the past 6 years. She holds auditions, does rehearsals, puts together sets and choreographs these phenomenal shows that the children perform in the early spring. And anyone that has seen her productions can tell you they are unbelievable. She has inspired and encouraged so many children to perform with ability they didn't know they had. And she does it all asking for nothing in return. Countless hours of spending time with "our" children and not asking for a dime to profit.
This family of 4 needs our communities help! Jackson (5) was riding the lawnmower with his dad on Saturday 10/21/17, as most of us did and have done growing up, when he fell off. Not being able to stop the lawnmower quick enough, Jackson's foot was caught under the lawnmower blade and then was run over by the tire of the mower, all with his younger brother Jace (3) standing by. The rescue squad was called and he was rushed to the ER. With countless stitches and several broken/ severed bones he was sent home to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon on Monday. After seeing the surgeon, Jackson is unable to walk for at least 5 weeks, cannot attend school and was ordered to stay off of it until his next visit 4 weeks from now. They could not cast his foot due to the amount of sutures and the fact that the sutures are holding everything in place. Once they go back to the orthopedic, it's still not over. They are not sure if they will be able to perform surgery to repair his foot or if it will leave him with permanent damage.
Karen deserves to be able to stay home with her boys and be able to take care of Jackson. He has been in excruciating pain and all he wants is his mama. The Family Medical Leave Act will allow Karen to stay home, however it would be unpaid and the Scalf family is unable to do that living on 2 teachers salaries.
Please consider helping this beautiful family. I know that at this point in everyones life, time is our most valuable thing that we have. Consider making a monetary donation so that she can afford to stay home with Jackson until he is finished healing. She will then know that she is doing the right thing for her sweet, yet very traumatized little guys!