56
56
8

Ludwar Family Support

$6,450 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 2 months
Created January 3, 2019
On the evening of December 31st - New Year's Eve- what should have been an exciting and joyous start to 2019, turned into a desperate and scary night for the Ludwar family of London, Ontario.

Linda and Lawrence's 35 year old son, who has been living with mental illness for many years, suffered what is being described as a psychotic break after being cleared and released from Woodstock Hospital on Saturday evening.

During this episode he began damaging and destroying most items on the main floor of the family's home where he had been living. Ripping cupboards apart, smashing TVs, breaking furniture, dishes, collectibles and cherished family items, he was certainly unable to control himself.

Their son was admitted to a psychiatric ward in a London Hospital and will hopefully receive the level of treatment, diagnosis and support that has been missing. Their story was recently covered by CTV news, and Linda speaks in an honest and compelling way to share their experiences with mental health care and some of their son's journey to this point. You can view the clip here 

Unfortunately for the Ludwar family, their insurance provider will not be covering this extensive damage as it was done by a resident of the home. Friends of the family have started this page to help them replace the items that were damaged/destroyed and any remaining money will be used to ensure their son receives the best possible treatment once released from hospital.
+ Read More
Had Craig home for a couple hours on leave from hospital. The doctor thought it might give Craig some insight into his illness.
+ Read More
Good news is Craig is responding to the medication, bad news is he's having some bad side effects, so doctor will have to lower dosage in subsequent injections.
+ Read More
We were so touched and yet embarrassed, when a friend of our middle son, started this Go Fund Me page. Touched that he cared and embarrassed that now 'everybody' would be aware of our situation. Then we gave our heads a shake. Would we be embarrassed to plead for a kidney donor if our son was in kidney failure? Of course not! So why did we feel embarrassed - the social stigma around mental health. We can now gratefully accept any donations without embarrassment. When Lawrence and I started planning and saving for our retirement, as neither of us have pensions, we never anticipated that we would be supporting an adult son, much less paying to replace destroyed appliances and cabinets, etc.

Lawrence and I lived in the 'war zone', that was our home, for 3 days, before we were able to begin the cleanup. So many kind people offered to help us clean. Initially, I couldn't let anybody help, not even our other 2 sons. I couldn't put anything in the garbage, as it felt like we were throwing out 'pieces of Craig'.
Slowly and methodically, we started picking up the pieces and we discovered many interesting things. One such thing was the Christmas tree. Although it was on the floor, not a single glass ornament was broken! It was like it had been layed down, not thrown. The coffee table glass was smashed, but the table itself was turned over and placed by the Christmas tree. Many of the kitchen cupboard doors were ripped off and broken, but the drawers on the island were undamaged and appeared to have been removed and 'placed' on the floor with their contents mostly intact.
I tried to imagine what was going on in our son's mind at the time and I believe there was a 'war' going on in his mind - a battle between good and evil. Our home was the battleground, and the kitchen island and the area by the Christmas tree were our son's 'bunkers'.

Craig has been in hospital since New Year's Eve under the care of a psychiatrist.
It's so regrettable that in the past, when our son was aware that he had mental health problems and he both wanted and reached out for help - none was given. How sad that now that he can get help - he is confused, scared and reluctant to receive treatment.
We will post updates about Craig's journey to wellness.

To all of you caring people, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for caring. Your caring and your donations have moved us to tears and have planted a seed of hope in our hearts - the hope that Craig can eventually get to enjoy life and that it can be full of fun and friends, as he so deserves.

Sincerest thanks,
Linda and Lawrence Ludwar
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$6,450 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 2 months
Created January 3, 2019
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
KL
$225
Kyle Luyten
6 days ago
TD
$100
Tim Doskoch
1 month ago
CB
$50
Chris & Jenna Birtch
1 month ago
DB
$25
Don Bertolo
1 month ago
DD
$100
Daniel Drazenovich
2 months ago
RD
$50
Rich/Brenda Diodati
2 months ago
CD
$70
Carolyn Dalgity
2 months ago
AT
$100
Alicja & Richard Traczuk
2 months ago
EO
$55
Elsie Ozero
2 months ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.