A mother's love

$12,100 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 256 people in 27 months
Sandy Mckinney
on behalf of Eric Arvin
 LA GRANGE, KY

I'm writing this on behalf of my sister Patricia Arvin. Some of you may know her as "cue person", Eric Arvin’s mother and caregiver. Pat’s been a wife, is a mother and grandmother, devoted to caring for her family.

The long road started many years ago for her and her six young children. Her husband Jim died at fifty-two from a terrible disease known as "Cavernous Hemangiomas", leaving Pat with six young children to raise on her own.

A few years later this disease would threaten to take not one, but three of her children. The disease has been passed to two sons and a daughter.

Brent, her second son, has had five major brain surgeries. Stephanie has had one major brain surgery and learned last month that her latest MRI, shows a hemangioma growing on her brain stem, like her other son Eric Arvin.

Eric’s first brain surgery left him partially paralyzed, but he persevered and overcame his deficits to live a happy life. A few years later in 2013, a hemangioma on Eric’s brain stem put him in the hospital and threatened his life. He needed surgery and without it Eric would soon die. But the surgery came with big risks. Although the chances of recovery were slim, Eric chose the surgery.

It has now been three years. Eric’s surgery has left him with quadriplegia and dependent on a ventilator to breathe for him. He lives his life confined to his hospital bed totally dependent on his caregiver. The hospital wanted to send Eric to a nursing facility, but Pat chose to care for her son and brought him home to his family rather than have him cared for by overworked strangers.

At a time when she should be enjoying her Golden Years, my sister has dedicated her life to Eric. She is his main caregiver. I'm sharing this with you because as you can imagine, the financial part of Eric’s care has been tremendous, even with help from Medicare and Medicaid. It has taken a toll on her, not only physically, but financially as well.

I'm setting up a GO FUND ME campaign for Pat, to help bear some of the financial burden of caring for her family. I realize that there are many people in need, but pray you have it in your heart to help my sister continue the care her son requires.

I thank you in advance for your generosity and your prayers.

Sandy

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Update 4
Posted by Sandy McKinney
25 months ago
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Our beloved Eric is making his journey home. The vent was removed at 9 am this Monday moring. We were all with Eric to help send him home, our loved blanketed him. Our hearts will always hold hos close.
Thank you all for sharing in Erics life and his never ending hope for recovery, he was a fighter and will always be my Hero.
Thank you all for your many thoughts. Prayers, and we so appreciate the generosity and love you have given to Eric. He will always remain with us in our hearts. Thank you ❤
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Update 3
Posted by Sandy McKinney
25 months ago
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There are no words to let you all know how heavy our hearts. Eric is gone, his body remains with us but will soon be gone also. My sister Pat asked that his vent be left on until Monday, all of us hoping for a miracle. On Monday Dec 12, Erics vent will be removed. His journey home will begin.
We are very humbled by the show of love, caring, heartbreak, and blessings that all of you, his fans, have showered on Eric and his family.
We are grateful for every donation that you have so generously sent to Pat to make such a hopeless feeling of loss, not better, but financially easier, so that she can concentrate on starting the unbearable grieving process.
Thank you all. Eric will live through time with every book read by you, his fans and friends, and the joy that you each glean from his miraculous, witty, loving, caring imagination.
Thank you
With love
The Arvin Family
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Update 2
Posted by Sandy McKinney
26 months ago
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God bless you all.
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Update 1
Posted by Sandy McKinney
27 months ago
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Thank you for your gift, God Bless you.
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$12,100 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 256 people in 27 months
Created November 1, 2016
Sandy Mckinney
on behalf of Eric Arvin
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Cyndie Hasty
25 months ago

Sending deepest love to Eric and his beautiful, loving mother and family. I hope to meet him on the other side one day...

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25 months ago
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25 months ago
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David Griffin
25 months ago

My sincere condolences. I hope this helps ease the burden just a bit.

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