Child with Crohn’s disease struggles through holidays
Seven-year-old Tyra has been suffering from Crohn’s disease for as long as she can remember and has spent most of her young life dealing with abdominal pain, severe cramps and fevers.
The rest of the time Tyra is too exhausted from the illness to play with her siblings and neighbors. Often, she remains relegated to the house as Crohn’s also leaves her feeling empty and unable to connect and play with anyone her age.
Tyra’s mom, Carly, has been forced to cut down on hours at her job so that she has time to drive Tyra to all of her doctor’s appointments in Baltimore. Due to the drop in pay, almost all of her paychecks go directly to electric, water and food. Any extra is reserved solely for gas money to drive to these weekly appointments, leaving nothing for Christmas gifts.
Carly wishes she had the ability to work full-time so she can support her family, however, Tyra’s condition is worsening and it has become increasingly harder to provide her children with the lives and holidays they deserve.
Tax-deductible donations, which also help other families in need on the MidShore, may be sent to: The Brighter Christmas Fund, c/o The Star Democrat, P.O. Box 600, Easton, MD 21601. Donations also may be made online at www.brighterchristmasfund.org (click the donate button).
The total to date is: $70,629.93.