Service Dog for an 11 year old Amputee

Help us raise funds for Bethany Douglas daughter’s service dog-

Written by Bethany Douglas

Our 11-year old daughter suffered a horrific infection earlier this October which led to permanent organ damage and her right leg being amputated above the knee. She was so very sick and we lost her multiple times, but God is so good and she’s on the mend! Truly miracles still happen and our God is still in the miracle-making business! We are grateful to have her back but her road to recovery, therapies, prosthetics, and finding her new normal will take many months. This tenacious girl has a fighting spirit like no other child we’ve ever met and she is such a blessing to our family- we and all our amazing friends and family are committed to walk every step of the way back to health with her.

She is dealing with so many new, bewildering, and painful circumstances that our family thinks a dog will do wonders for her. Being super medically complex (even prior to this incident) having that extra doggy-sense for fevers, infections, and seizures will be an invaluable help to us. Plus the help with balance and coordination while still helping her be independent is so needed. When I told her the other day, still in the PICU, that we would be getting her a dog, her eyes grew wide and that crooked smile that she’s known for lit up her whole face. She’s apparently been telling all her staff that she’s getting a dog!

As many of you know, these dogs are highly trained and invaluable to their companions- but that comes at no small cost ($15,000 plus general care expenses – studies estimate between $25,000-35,000 for the life of the dog!) Unfortunately neither Medicaid nor any private insurance will help pay for any of their cost.  we need a down-payment of at least $7500 (the rest is due upon completion of the training). The entire training program will run 8-12 months so getting this off the ground asap will help.

The family has raised $3000.00 so far and Thomas Richards Charity will donate the remaining $4000.00 if our community can help us raise the other $8000.00.  This is the time of year to help others in need and to take advantage of those end of the year tax exempt donations. 100% off you donation goes to the purchase of this service dog.  TRC pays the Gofundme fee’s.

Thomas Richards Charity is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and exempt organization “helping those in need in our community” as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please contact us if you have any questions
Tim Ciotti
President TRC
Thomas Richards Charity (FB)

Moon Beam for Sweet Dreams 2019

Every year Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital hosts Moon Beam for Sweet Dreams and Thomas Richards Charity picks one of the nights to invite our community out to attend this great event.  This year We donated 15 Nurture Smart Crib Mobile to the infants cribs in the Hospital.

Stephanie Methven Breast Cancer Battle

She blinked her eyes and her whole life flipped. The doctor came in and told her, ” You have breast cancer. ” Her walls came crashing down. I’m only 33. I’m engaged and raising 6 kids. I just had a baby girl 6 months ago.  This can’t happen to us, to me.

This is where Stephanie’s Methven life changed in May 2019. Our friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. After multiple tests the cancer has called for aggressive action. She is still in the beginning steps of receiving a series of 8 chemo infusions over 16 weeks. We are hoping this combat and kills any cancer cells in her body, as well as, reduces the size of her tumors. Each cycle leaves her bedridden, drained and with symptoms such as neuropathy and diminished brain and body functions that may never go away. The next phase will be a double mastectomy (which will be a difficult, painful and long recovery mentally and physically), six weeks of everyday radiation that will leave her physically exhausted along with other symptoms this brings along, followed by reconstruction surgery. This process will happen most, if not all, of next year.

Stephanie has a long and rough road to go, but she has been so strong mentally and emotionally. ” I am determined to get through this to watch my children grow up and be here with them through their lives”, Stephanie told
me.  She said, “I will not be defeated by this cancer.” Although she is trying to stay positive during this time, this battle comes at the price of Stephanie not being able to work, forcing her family to stretch their finances.

Due to unforeseen expenses between treatments, surgeries and becoming a one income family, we want nothing more than to help ease her stress by giving her financial peace of mind. Please join all of us and Thomas Richards Charity in contributing to this rewarding cause, 100% goes to Stephanie and her family.  We are grateful and humbled by any and all donations.

Thomas Richards Charity is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and exempt organization “helping those in need in our community” as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please contact us if you have any questions
Tim Ciotti
President TRC
Thomas Richards Charity (FB)

Thomas Richards Charity Awards

We again continue to help people in need through our awards.

The Christie Weeks award sending a camper to Camp Barnabas

The Ron Harp Award helping a high school student to attend college

The Tim McCatty Award helping a high school student attend trade school.  Congratulations to all of you.

Sip Sensation

Sip Sensation was a huge success, helping us raise money for a great need in our schools.

– All proceeds will be donated to the Rochester Community Schools Foundation to benefit the Sensory Room Project!
– We will be purchasing equipment for sensory rooms across the Rochester School district in partnership with the Special Education Department and the Foundation including
Sensory swings
Light and bubble tubes
Floor tiles
Fiber optic lighting
Interactive sensory objects
– What is a sensory room? A sensory room is a special place that can be used as therapy for children of all abilities including those on the Autism spectrum or with limited communication skills.
Help to promote mindfulness
Provide opportunities for engagement in prevention and crisis de-escalation strategies, as well as a host of other therapeutic exchanges (to teach skills, offer a variety of therapeutic activities, etc.)