Steve Whiteaker Is Sick

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Raised by 230 people in 52 months
Please help me and my Dad. We're in trouble. I just turned 14 and I have had to take care of my Dad mostly by myself for the last few months. My Dad said that the Mayo Clinic website says that Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has a 75% mortality rate and in 2012 it almost killed my Dad. They cured the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever but they have not been able to fix what it did to him. He has trouble walking. He has trouble seeing. He gets cramps in his arms all the time. He is in a lot of pain.

Things got worse for him in June. He had knee surgery on both legs. There was a problem and he got a blood clot that put him back in the hospital for 6 days. He keeps trying to work but some days he is in too much pain to do anything. The pain has made simple things like just putting on his boots a big deal. For the last two weeks he has barely been able to get out of bed. His business is not making any money because he is not able to work like he used to, and he has not been able to travel to get new stuff. We also have a vegetable seed business called Double Helix Farms, but we lost this year's crop because of the problems with the knee surgery.

With no money coming in Dad has had to sell off his personal stuff to keep bills paid and buy us food. There are 2 different medicines he needs to take but they are not covered by insurance and are very expensive. He says we are months behind on our bills and we might not have a place to live soon.

There are not any organizations, ribbons, or races for what is wrong with my Dad. He asked our family for help but they didn't. He had lots of friends but nobody comes around much since he got sick. We are not getting any help from anyone anytime soon and the Doctors at UAMS say it could be a very long time before he is better.

My Dad is a generous man and has helped lots of people. Would you please help him?
Thank you.
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Hey everyone,
Dad and I made it into the house ok. The house itself has still got some tremendous issues, but thanks to you we won't be homeless! However, with good news there is normally bad, that's life. Dad's truck broke down and we can't do anything without it, so we had to use the last of our money to fix it. We've been living without a refrigerator now for about 10 weeks, so we can't get things like cheese, butter or milk, or else it will spoil. Not that we really can anyway, as dad is now officially out of money and cannot afford groceries. As ever, I cannot stress enough how important it is that this gets shared. Even if you can't donate, you can help out by sharing it to your friends on Twitter and on Facebook.
Thank you all again for the support through the years, and I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!
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Hey everyone,
My dad and I are working on moving up to the new house, but a couple of weeks ago, dad broke his left foot and sprained his right knee. He's beginning to recover from that, but due to his injuries we have not been able to make hardly any money. The house that we're moving into needs some serious repairs and it's flea infested. By the end of this week dad and I have to be out of our current house and into the new one, but we just don't have the money to do it. This move is going to cost us nearly a thousand dollars. If you can't donate, then please share this link with your friends on Facebook. Please let people know that dad is still sick and now he is also injured. We could really use some help with this move. As always I can't thank you enough for all of the help. -Max.
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Hey everyone, here's a message from my dad.
I wanted to clarify what's going on. After holding the fear of eviction over my head for over two years, my landlady has in fact told me to get out.
I've known all along that without some kind of consistent monthly help, ending up without a place to live was inevitable.
We don't know for sure where we will go. We also don't know for sure how much time we have to get out because she won't return phone calls or messages. I don't have the money for a move. Physically, it is nearly impossible due to my health. This is about as bad as it gets.
It came down to being asked for additional payment with the rent because I was late. The day I got the message it was 92 degrees in the house. The air conditioner had been broken since last September. When I sent in the rent I didn't include the additional fee and I asked for the air conditioner to be fixed. It's July and it's Arkansas and I was miserable.
She called me the next day wanting an explanation for not paying the late fee. I told her that in the 12 years of living here that I had never asked for a reduction in the rent due to something being broken or missing. For example, the roof is leaking, I have been without steps for the back door for 4 years, and dozens of other issues.
So, I thought we had a good trade off. I didn't complain about the poor condition of the house because I was late with the rent from time to time.
However, she simply said, "just get out of my house". As I said, she won't return phone calls or messages.
I'm still having days when I can't walk. I don't know how I am going to pack up a house and move.
I am trying to pack, but I am sick. That's the point of this fundraiser. I'm sick. I didn't do this to myself and I don't want to be in a position where I have to beg for my existence.
I don't have the words to express how grateful I am for everyone that has helped. Thank you so much for what you have done.
I have fought pain that no person should have to endure. I still have recurring flu like symptoms. I still have 30 to 40 Charlie Horses every day. I still have days that I can't walk. I still have a recurring episode every 6 to 8 weeks where it feels like my bones are being ripped out of my body and can't get out of bed for several days. I will never get well.
Please help if you can. I'm in a desperate situation. I've never felt this defeated. I'm broken. I'm not really sure why I am still trying. I'm sorry I'm asking for money. There doesn't seem to be any hope of getting out of this mess this time.
Again, thanks for everyone's help over the last few years. I could not have made it without you.
Steve
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Please help!
My dad and I are about to be kicked out of our house. Dad estimates that we are going to need a little over two thousand dollars in order to rent a new place. Please help us reach this goal, I don't want my dad to go homeless.
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Susan Bentz
19 months ago
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hi what is going on with the wonderful seeds u have been selling? Is that a separate building?

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Chloë Goodrich
18 months ago

My heart swells when I think of the Chloé tomato. I'm so sorry it's been so long since I donated; I got a new debit card and forgot to renew my monthly contribution. Much love to all of you.

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Nicole Glover Stroud
19 months ago

I'm sure you have investigated HUD housing by now? If not, its def worth a phone call. This update breaks my heart.

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Peggy Widmer
51 months ago

May G-d bless and keep you, may His face shine upon you, may He give you and your family his complete peace.

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Warren Criswell
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Susan Bentz
19 months ago
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hi what is going on with the wonderful seeds u have been selling? Is that a separate building?

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Chloë Goodrich
18 months ago

My heart swells when I think of the Chloé tomato. I'm so sorry it's been so long since I donated; I got a new debit card and forgot to renew my monthly contribution. Much love to all of you.

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Nicole Glover Stroud
19 months ago

I'm sure you have investigated HUD housing by now? If not, its def worth a phone call. This update breaks my heart.

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Peggy Widmer
51 months ago

May G-d bless and keep you, may His face shine upon you, may He give you and your family his complete peace.

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