Here is the story of this young family’s dilemma. On September 11th, the Willis-Davis family, Scott 40, Ashley 38 and their two children Charlie 13 and Thomas 8; were struck by a serious health event. Scott was suddenly rushed from their home in Salinas to the ICU at Sanford Medical Center. Without any warning signs, he suffered a large stroke, pulmonary embolisms and a cardiac event that was causing heart failure and possible effects to his brain. For the next few weeks, doctors tried to stabilize Scott and understand the mysterious cause of his condition. To help with the necessary medical decisions needed daily for Scott, Ashley had to go on leave from her job at an elementary school their son attends. It is unknown how long Scott will remain at Stanford for care. The next step for him could possibly be an acute rehab facility in Palo Alto if he is accepted.
Before his stroke, Scott worked at a Bay Area company for a year as a contract IT specialist About 9 months ago, the company made him an official employee which included medical benefits. Medical leave requires official employment for one year therefore, Scott does not qualify for medical leave and has also lost his insurance.
From 1998-2003, Scott served in the Navy and was deployed to the gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an alternative to traditional medical care, he may qualify at the VA, but that is unknown at this time.
Unfortunately, because Scott worked as a contractor while waiting to be hired as a permanent employee, his unemployment benefits will be minimal. His length of care to recover is yet unknown. He is finally responding well to the care and medications. Scott is feeling optimistic about getting through this and returning to work to support his young family. In the meantime, this hardworking family needs immediate help to continue Scott’s medical care and to maintain a home for their children. Please help in any way you can.
The Willis-Davis family appreciates your prayers and support. They thank you with all their hearts.
- Ross F.
- Merlin Wilson
- Danielle Meister
- Mark Huelsbeck
Organizer and beneficiary
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