Stephanie Brown-Bryant CJD Fund

$1,640 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 53 months
Charlie Bryant  NAPLES, FL
NAPLES, FL -

A Naples woman is suffering from a rare and incurable disease and her 24-year-old son is struggling to keep her comfortable in her final months.

Stephanie Bryant, 58, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as the human form of mad cow disease. Within months, Stephanie's health quickly deteriorated. She has memory loss, constant tremors, can't walk and can barely talk.

When her symptoms started about two months ago, her son Charlie Bryant quit his job in Rhode Island and moved to Naples to care for his mom around the clock. When he got home, the house was a mess.

"The condition of house was unlivable," said Charlie. "The dogs had gone to the bathroom in here, the cats had dropped all over the carpets."

Fleas infested the carpet, the air-conditioning was broken, and a back door had been broken into.

Charlie has been struggling to fix up the home to make it comfortable for his mom, but it has been tough without a job and little money. Now The Home Depot Team is stepping it to help.

"Charlie is doing everything he can to be there for [his mom] to try to have a decent living environment, so my heart goes out to him," said Daniel Zurbrigg with The Home Depot. "We're overwhelmed with joy to have this opportunity to help this family out."

Charlie says he is grateful for the support, knowing his mom only has months to live.

"I'm really lost at this point, I don't know what to expect," said Charlie. "Everyone tells me you're doing such a great job and you're so strong right now but as soon as it's over and I don't have my mom, it's going to be a shock."

CJD only affect about one in one-million people each year in the US. The disease isn't contagious through human-to-human contact. It's either hereditary or transmitted through contaminated meat or medical procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the Bryant family's story you can follow Charlie on Facebook.

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Update 1
Posted by Charlie Bryant III
53 months ago
Gulf Shore Cooling is here installing our new Air Conditioner that them and The Home Depot Donated to our family. Bless them. <3
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$1,640 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 53 months
Created July 22, 2012
$10
Anonymous
52 months ago
PL
$25
Phyllis Lahn
52 months ago

Charlie, I wish I could contribute more. Out of the few people that I have met since I have been in Naples, your Mom (and you) have left a lasting impression on my life. You are so kind and considerate a testament of your Mom's influence. Blessings....Phyllis

$50
Anonymous
52 months ago
AB
$100
Agnes Bocock
52 months ago

We are very sad about the family. Be strong, they need you.

HH
$25
Heather Hembrough
52 months ago

My thoughts are with you and your family Charlie...try to keep your head up.

MM
$100
Meredythe Marcotte
52 months ago

I love you all. I wish there were more I could do! Love and hugs!!!

MG
$20
Matthew Gregory
52 months ago

Wish I could do more, but you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Res Life loving from here and forever!

$25
Anonymous
52 months ago
NS
$50
Nicole Spiridigliozzi
52 months ago

Stay strong Charlie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

LG
$100
Leslie Giovinazzo
52 months ago

Hi Charlie- I'm Courtney's sister. She was telling me about what your family is going thru. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Stay strong. You are doing a great job and should be so proud of yourself. Please let me/Courtney know if there is anything that we can do for you; the closest food store, drug store, etc. Please let us know. We would love to help. Your family is in my thoughts.

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