Young disabled need help |

Young disabled need help

On June 14, it will be three years since my younger brother had a massive brain hemorrhage. At 35, he was athletic, but on June 14, he forgot one very important thing – to take his blood pressure medication. This was especially detrimental to “Eddie,” as we discovered later that he had been born with a malformation of the blood vessels near his brainstem.

He had a 2 percent chance to live; we rallied around Eddie after he fell in and out of comas for five months. All our lives have changed drastically since that horrible day. Eddie is getting better every day and may recover as much as 70 percent. My parents and my husband and I have taken care of Eddie, which resulted in my parents’ building a retirement home on our ranch so they can be close to us.

In the midst of it all, I have become very aware of a need for services for young disabled people in Nevada County. While the Lutz Center primarily is geared toward assisting seniors, there is no place where young people can congregate while they recover from serious accidents and illnesses or head injuries. Eddie attends American River College in Sacramento because they have an entire center for disabled students. It is so inspirational to watch these young adults rally around each other for support while they achieve goals such as walking or swimming, or remembering enough of the information in their textbook so they can take a test. It is doubly rewarding to be able to help them.

This year (mid-May) we will be hosting our second annual “Enabling Day Barbecue” on our ranch. If you have any young disabled adults in your family who would like to attend, or if you would like to volunteer your services or time, please call me at 268-8820. We need cooks, musicians, door prizes and general assistance. Attendees will also be allowed to fish on the pond. In the meantime, please get your blood pressure checked and always take your blood pressure medicine. Thank you.

Robin Sutherland

Penn Valley

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