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Pass the Cash – March 16, 2016: Help to build Jonathan a ramp

Jonathan (Source: WAVE 3 News) Jonathan (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Theresa (Source: WAVE 3 News) Theresa (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Amanda (Source: WAVE 3 News) Amanda (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ever felt like you just couldn't make it but you wake up the next day to find out you could and you actually did? Each week you help us help someone who is doing the best to get through what may be the worst time in their lives or maybe we should say the hardest time. 
We find out as we Pass the Cash that love does conquer all everything - but bills that is. 

Our Pass the Cash started on Theresa told us all about Jon and Amanda and their family on the nomination form.

“They gave birth three years ago to a young man named Jonathan Jr. He was born with Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia,” she said. “It causes a plethora of development delays. He's non-verbal. He can't walk or crawl.”


There are things Jonathan cannot do, but friends and family are focusing on the things they know they can do for him.

“We're hoping to give them money to provide funds for a ramp for their son,” Theresa said.

The family needs to build a ramp - and more - and for that they will need lots of money.

We'll Pass the Cash and start building up their bank account with $300 from WAVE 3 News. Chanber's Painting adding another $300 for a total of $600 to Amanda, Jon and Johnathan.

“She's just going to lose her mind,” Theresa said. “This is phenomenal and I can't think of a more deserving family.”

When we went to meet Amanda she knew Theresa was coming but she never expected us.

Theresa said, “I, ah, couple of months ago nominated you for Pass the Cash. I know that you guys have been saving for a while for a ramp for the house and a van and you both work so hard.”

Theresa and Amanda have been friends since they were 13 years old. No more words needed, just a hug.

We wanted Amanda to know she had $600 more to work with,  but we needed to just how much work the family has in front of them to make life a little better for Johnathan.

“The ramp we had quoted was $2,800,” Amanda said. “The van conversion is $16,000.”

And the final item on the list, “We're gonna build him a new bed cause he's still in a little crib he's a lot bigger for that crib,” she said.

He's not only bigger but he suffers from seizures daily, which cause him to bang his small frame on the rails of the crib. With all this family and Jonathan face I had to ask, "how do they do it?"

“The only answer I got is God. That's the only answer I got really,” Amanda said, “When he was born we didn't know how long he was going to live so we just embrace every day.”

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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