This loan has been repaid in full!
First Posted On: August 31, 2009
Name: Gabriel & Christopher
Age: 4 years old (Gabriel) & 3 years old (Christopher)
Location: Mississippi, USA
Loan Sought: $1,200
Loan Needed For: Basic/LINCA autism panel and advanced cholesterol profile for both children. These tests will be done through Great Plains Laboratory.
Repayment Terms: 6 months ($200/month).
Other Notes: Gabriel and Christopher's mom, Karen, writes, "Gabriel is 4 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Christopher is 3 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2. Neither one is able to talk, feed themselves, or understand anything, not even their own names. The only way they can communicate is to lead you by the hand. We have been going to speech and occupational therapy since diagnosis with no results.
Gabriel is more severe and has more complications. He has constant belly aches, especially at night, or anytime he does go to sleep he wakes up screaming and cries until the pain stops. All I can do is rock him and cry with him. He has had parasites before. He also has very severe rashes that constantly itch (see photo above). He scratches so much that the rash gets infected and leaves scars all over him. He constantly cries from this also. We have been to the doctor so many times for these problems and even to an allergy specialist with no results. Gabriel also has thick, yellow, brittle finger nails and toe nails (as of an elderly person) and severe body odor. Christopher has the belly aches and rashes but not as often or as severe. We are now on the gluten/casein free (GFCF) diet.
After seeing the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doctor, I learned that there is help for my kids and I DON'T have to see them suffer everyday. The only problem is coming up with the money all at one time to get these tests done. I am asking for help to get my sons these tests as soon as possible. The tests are 630.00 for each child. It would take me 6 months to save enough to get these done for them. I'm praying you all can help me to go ahead and get this done for my sons so they don't have to suffer for 6 more months. I can make payments of $200.00 a month and have this paid back in 6 months.
It is so hard to watch your children suffer everyday and know that they can be helped if money weren't the issue. Their DAN! doctor believes that major improvements will be seen after starting treatments after the tests are done. They are beautiful children who deserve to be pain-free and happy like other children. Please help me make this possible for them without them having to wait for 6 more months. Thanks."
Special Note: Karen learned about Lend4Health through a friend she has on Facebook, Tanya, mom of Avery & Anthony and also from Mississippi.
Reference Provided By: Krystal T. and Dr. Barlow
Gabriel and Christopher's Community of Lenders:
Grandma Gini: $31 ["In honor of Angela and Kyle Skinner's 7th wedding anniversary on August 3l, 2009"]
Karen F: $5 ["Cinco de Linco"]
Charlie: $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco"]
Grandma Gini (again): $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco from the Land of Lincoln"]
Petra: $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco. Treatment IS possible, enormous progress CAN be made!!!"]
Grandma Gini (again): $13 ["Happy Grandparents' Day on September 13!"]
Dana C: $10
Grandma Gini (again): $17 ["To celebrate Betsy & Kent Clay's 17th wedding anniversary on September 19, 2009."]
Andrea: $20 ["God Bless Your Boys! I will be praying for them~Love from a fellow Autism Mama"]
Alida (Alano's mom): $10 ["May God bless you both on your way to recovery!"]
Tiffany (Sevyn's mom): $7 ["From Sevyn and Family Our hearts are so filled with hope for your boys! We have seen our son make so much progress and we know recovery is possible! Never give up!"]
Dana C (again): $10 ["In honor of my new friend, Sam."]
Jeanne: $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco!"]
Dana C (again): $10 ["Cinco de Linco!"]
Jessica P: $5 ["Cinco de Linco"]
Zane: $25 ["Cinco de Linco"]
Petra (again): $10 ["Cinco de Linco"]
Julia: $20 ["I know it's hard to get a vaccine exemption in MS but stay strong and don't do it. Good luck!"]
Karen F (again): $10 [Re-loaned from Sabrina's repaid loan.]
Petra (again): $37.50 ["From Sabrina's repaid loan."]
Evan & Lisa: $5
Rachel (Noah's mom): $10 ["I hope this helps your boys! Good Luck!"]
Evan & Lisa: $5
Karen F (again): $20 [Re-loaned from Geoffrey's repaid loan.]
Evan & Lisa (again): $10
Evan & Lisa (again): $10
Rachel (Noah's mom, again): $10 ["Hang in there!! This will all be worth it in the end!"]
Kathy S: $100 ["to health for Gabriel and Christopher!"]
Petra (again): $20 ["Early kick-off for Cinco de Linco"]
Dana C (again): $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco"]
Jeanne (again): $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco"]
Petra (again): $20 ["We WILL get this loan funded. Happy Cinco de Linco"]
Renee: $30 ["Cinco de Linco!"]
Karen F (again): $5 ["Cinco de Linco"]
Beth M: $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco!"]
Amy C: $10
Rachel (again): $5 ["Don't give up!! It will happen for you!"]
Grandma Gini (again): $23 ["Happy Early Thanksgiving to You!"]
Karen F (again): $20
Petra (again): $10
Kids in the Kitchen: $100 ["Kids in the Kitchen earned this money by selling weekly lunches to the wonderfully supportive staff at Meadowview Intermediate School. My students are so excited to be able to give back to others (they want to help them all) Thanks for all you do, what a great community you have organized!"]
Rachel (again): $5 ["You are almost there now!!!"]
UPDATES - UPDATES - UPDATES
December 1, 2009: This loan has been funded!
December 2, 2009: Promissory note sent to Karen for signature.
January 2, 2010: Signed promissory note received.
January 4, 2010: Loan of $1,200 disbursed via check in the mail. This loan is scheduled to be repaid over 6 months of $200 each, beginning on February 15, 2010.
February 3, 2010: 1st repayment of $200 (due February 15) received, early.
March 2, 2010: 2nd repayment of $200 (due March 15) received, early.
April 2, 2010: 3rd repayment of $200 (due April 15) received, early.
April 30, 2010: 4th repayment of $200 (due May 15) received, early.
June 5, 2010: 5th repayment of $200 (due June 15) received, early.
July 6, 2010: 6th repayment of $200 (due July 15) received, early.
July 6, 2010: This loan has been repaid in full!
July 6, 2010: Update from Karen: "Thank you so much and we love you. As soon as I get my computer fixed AGAIN I'm going to post some things about the boys. They are doing great. Gabriel's rash is gone, and Christopher is trying to talk a little. I'm so excited, I can't wait to have a conversation with him (it's coming). I will not give up. We love you!"