LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We Pass the Cash each week as you lead us to neighbors in WAVE Country facing financial turmoil.
This week a local mother is not only losing all the monetary things she's worked so hard for, she is also losing a piece of her heart. Cash can't buy everything but we hope as we pass a little to her family it buys her a little time and peace of mind.
Danielle Barley sent a plea for help to wave3.com. She asked for us to help her help her dear friend Kristina and Kristina's son Camden.
"Her little boy has stage 4 brain cancer and his journey is getting close to the end," Danielle said.
WAVE 3 News was there with Camden as the Clark County Sherriff's Office granted his wish to be an officer. They left behind an honorary deputy's badge and they even left behind a stuffed K9 companion for Camden. That was a dream come true for a little boy so close to the end of his young life. Reality for the family is a bit harsher.
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"Having two other children besides Camden it's just hard on her money wise for utilities, just food here to survive every day," Danielle said.
Kristina's cell phone is even cut off now. It has served as her life line to the rest of her family.
"It's no longer working right now and she needs communication with others outside the hospital," Danielle said.
She has put everything in her life on hold, but life does not wait for anyone. To help Kristina we started with $300 from WAVE 3 News, plus an anonymous $200 from a friend of WAVE 3 News and $40 more that was left on my desk, for a total of $540.
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Kosair Children's Hospital has placed Camden and his family in one of their End of Life rooms. It is larger than other rooms in the hospital to accommodate lots of people for long periods of time. They never have to leave Camden's side.
As we entered, Kristina said, "Hey I know you you're Dawne Gee. How are you?"
We were glad we were a familiar face. We chatted for a second or two then Danielle said, "You know how much I love you and Camden. I wrote to Dawne Gee about Pass the Cash to help with all your financial hardships."
Kristina had so much on her mind it never crossed her mind we were there to Pass the Cash.
"A wonderful surprise," Kristina said. "Beautiful surprise."
We hoped the $540 would help.
"Yes, oh my gosh it will. It will go straight to my landlord," Kristina said.
Kristina does not leave her sons side but she tried to push the thoughts of who and what money she owes out of her mind.
"Everything that's going on the world don't stop when stuff like this is going on everything else still keeps going," Kristina said. "As a mother you just don't want to fail."
But Kristina knows the bills, "Pile up and pile up and pile up and there's nothin' anybody can do about it but you know prayers," she said.
Kristina is counting something more precious than dollar bills. She is counting every moment and every second with her son.
Camden does have a GoFundMe account that can be found by clicking or tapping here.
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 wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.