Bennett Family

$3,930 of $30k goal

Raised by 45 people in 18 days
Lillian Aceituno  VENICE, CA
As many of you know, Bodie and his family - Amy (Mom), Dusk (Dad), Sierra (Older Sister) - have had a rough go for the past several years. For those of you that don't know, Bodie has HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome), which is a class of heart defects where certain structures on the left side of the heart do not form or form incorrectly. In Bodie's case, none of the structures on the left side of his heart formed at all. The diagnosis is incompatible with life, but life expectancy can be prolonged with a series of staged open-heart surgeries, of which Bodie has had numerous including one to receive a pacemaker, and he's had additional surgeries and procedures in his young life.

In addition to HLHS, Bodie has CPVT (Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia). CPVT is an adrenaline induced heart arrhythmia. This very rarely accompanies HLHS (as in, there's a less than a 1 in a million chance). He inherited CPVT from his father, and it has caused significant issues for them both, including cardiac arrest at the age of 41 for his father. It is exceptionally rare for one individual to have both things.

Over the course of the last 7 years, in addition to Bodie's medical issues, Dusk has had both of his hips replaced (at 39 years old) and a cardiac arrest (at 41 years old). Sadly, the Bennett's home was also burglarized and then they lost their home to a house fire.

If that wasn't enough, Dusk is also in constant daily pain from his hip replacement. He has to get regular therapy just to keep the pain manageable. Additionally, the Bennetts are in a nasty lawsuit with the doctor who did that hip replacement. Dusk wrote a negative yelp review about his experience and the doctor went after them to remove the review. He couldn't sue them for that, so instead he's suing them under a contract issue (he warranted that he was in network, but billed from an out of network office, and is suing for the amount the insurance won't cover). Because it's not an open and shut case, they are now in the position of paying him $15,000 now to settle  or risk going to court and losing - and having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Additionally, the stress of Bodie's medical issues, Dusk's medical issues, the lawsuit, and life ..... this has also affected Amy's badly herniated disc in her lumbar spine. Also, in the midst of all the stresses, their refrigerator stopped working around the holidays and a couple weeks ago Amy's car had an unfortunate run in with a rather large concrete column. 

And again, if that wasn't enough, the IRS is holding onto their 2014 tax refund due to some identity theft issue. 

********** This family can't catch a break. ************

So let's please show them our love - if you know them,  or your humanity - if you don't know them. Let's show them there are stars in the darkness.

At this point, relieving some of the financial burden NOW is a start....Let's try and at least reach $15,000, but shoot for beyond that number.

Amy writes a beautiful blog that follows this wonderful and strong family's journey with their sweet boy.
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$3,930 of $30k goal

Raised by 45 people in 18 days
Created February 7, 2017
Nancy Nye
2 days ago
Kathy Thorpe
2 days ago
Cyndi McAdoo
4 days ago

Prayers and blessings from my family to yours.

Alicia Doney
7 days ago
Irene Olsen
8 days ago

Praying for your family!

Brian Olsen
8 days ago
Maya Williams
11 days ago
Maria Mord
11 days ago

Praying for your wonderful family, that god would provide healing for you all and a bright future. In Jesus name. Amen

Michelle Silliman
11 days ago

Lots of prayers for your family. This prayer was our Principal Letter for February and thought I would share... Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order: 1.) The thumb is closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a "Sweet Obligation." 2.) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers. 3.) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance. 4.) The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers. 5.) And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

Peter Reidy
12 days ago
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