CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) – We all face battles from time to time. It sure is a lot easier to face your foe when you are not all alone.
This week we Pass the Cash, to a single mother who's fighting not just for herself, but for the life of her son and the peace of mind for her family.
We found ourselves in Charlestown, Indiana after reading a plea from a Pass the Cash nomination from Alicia Morgan on wave3.com.
"Heather has a son named Brody who has EB which is a very rare disease," Alicia said.
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EB stands for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects one out of every 20,000 births.
"It comes with a lot of expenses for her, a lot of medical expenses. They go back and forth to Cincinnati all the time," Alicia said. "She's been off a lot cause Brody has been ill."
Missing work means money missing from her paycheck - cash Heather needs to care for Brody, her 9-year-old daughter and all the other little surprises life can bring.
"Her microwave went out, her dryer went out and her air conditioner went out," Alicia said.
We started with $300 from WAVE 3 News, then I got an anonymous $50 at a speaking engagement and an anonymous donor from Northeast Christian Church added another $300 for a total of $650 for Heather.
Heather was called to the principal's office. By the look on her face we knew she needed to know she was not facing any added trouble. We had good news.
"I nominated you for Pass the Cash," Alicia said.
Still unsure, Heather said, "I was scared to death to come down here. What's going on?"
Heather was still a little unsure until the official count of the cash. It was then she shared more about her life with her daughter and the battle to care for her son.
"Eighty percent of his body is covered with wounds comparable to third degree burns," Heather said. "His body is missing the protein collagen that holds his skin together so he has to be wrapped from the neck down."
It can take up to five hours or more a few times a week to change the bandages that protect her sons skin. As a single mom of two, a 9-year-old daughter and a special needs son, life can pile on a lot.
"This last month my air conditioner broke, my microwave went out. My dryer is going out. I'm like oh my gosh everything's happening all at once," she said.
I had to ask, how does she handle it all?
"I don't know. I ask myself that almost on a daily basis. I don't know how I'm holding it together," Heather said, "I'm constantly worried about things. I don't know what's going to happen one day to the next."
Life can be tough, but the burdens are easier to handle when you get help along the way.
Heather needs a dryer. The family also has a fund set up at any branch of The New Washington State Bank to help with Brody's massive medical expenses. Blessings for Brody on Facebook can tell you more about his struggles and his GoFundMe account.