A life altering health matter can have devastating and progressively negative impacts. Very often the cost of medical services can be just as debilitating as the illness, disability, or injury one is fighting. It is often an entire family, community, or support network that feels the strain of a health emergency. In the blur of medical appointments, patient service conversations, and health insurance questions, the last thing many people think about is eating.
Earlier this year, Hope Strengthens Foundation (HSF) began supporting a young boy named Billy Dunn and his family. Billy was getting ready to head out for football practice when he fell on the stairs at home and suffered a head injury. He was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) and Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD). HSF has assisted the family by covering expenses related to occupational, physical, and speech therapy. In addition, they supported out-of-pocket transportation and other expenses associated with the family’s frequent trips to Baltimore, MD for Billy’s participation in a program at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Complications continued to mount for Billy, including the severe loss of memory, speech, and motor skills. He is wheelchair bound and dependent on his parents for all movement. The road ahead remains daunting, while the financial and emotional stressors for the family compound the overall difficulty of the situation.
To help remove a layer of challenge, HSF proudly partnered with United4Longevity, a nonprofit organization that delivers food in the form of medically tailored meals, produce boxes, or family style staple food boxes. United4Longevity has generously donated curated meal plans that are being delivered directly to the Dunn family. These meals provide high quality nourishment while combating the negative impacts of stress. Concurrently, the donated meals help to save the family money at a time when resources are stretched thin.
United4Longevity and Hope Strengthens Foundation cannot cover all of the unmet needs for a family like the Dunn’s. Yet by working together, we can deliver vital support that can lift spirits and offer the peace-of-mind needed to focus on recovery.
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