Deerfield Elementary S.A.I.L.S

17097746_10155078108121489_8289585425980032240_oThomas Richards Charity had the honor of helping out Megan Stockman’s MoCI (Moderately Cognitive Impaired) classroom called S.A.I.L.S at Deerfield Elementary. This class includes children K-5 who are taught (in addition to education), daily living skills.

Each week they are taught the skill of basic cooking. They “travel” around the United States and learn about each state through a weekly PowerPoint and Map activity. After that they cook a traditional recipe from that state at a level in which the vast of the K-5 group can achieve together. The money, sadly, is no longer available for this weekly curriculum. Megan refused to abandoned this cooking program as it makes these students feel so successful. She started paying for the ingredients her self before she was put in contact with TRC.

Thomas Richards Charity was excited to help out our “Community” and donated a Kroger gift card that will cover the groceries for the remainder of the school year. 

Matt Moscato Charity Golf outing for Jennifer

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The 2016 beneficiary of the Matt Moscato Charity Golf is Jennifer Willcock Taliercio

At age 39, Jennifer’s doctor said she was the youngest patient that he had ever diagnosed with Stage 4 COPD/Emphysema/ Alpha-1-Antitrypsin deficiency. Today she has only 18% lung function, permanently requiring her to be on oxygen. With her most recent CT scan showing several spots, we cross our fingers and hope the diagnosis doesn’t show cancer. Without a lung transplant, the doctors anticipate her ability to survive would only be five years, (we are in year four) she remains optimistic about a donor and match.

Consider this situation, add the compounded stress of mounting doctor and medication bills, the burden of wanting to contribute, but being unable to fully work…

To support Jennifer at this time Thomas Richards Charity helped support and hold The Matt Moscato Charity golf charity outing at Sylvan Glen Golf Course and Camp Ticonderoga on July 29, 2017. The outing was a huge success that SOLD OUT, extreme amounts of love and support were given to the family.

Thank you to all those that came out to benefit and support Jennifer and her family during this difficult time.

 

7 Year Old Julian Needs Our Help

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Julian Kampfschulte is a 7-year-old boy with a big heart and an even bigger smile. He loves drawing, playing pretend, Legos, and video games. He loves playing with and annoying his two sisters, and he really loves his mom and dad. Little Julian should have the rest of his life ahead of him to grow and play.

However, his family received a devastating diagnosis—Julian has a rare genetic degenerative brain disease known as Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). The disease ravages his brain.  His symptoms grow worse, including blindness, deafness, seizures, loss of muscle control, and progressive dementia. This relentless downward spiral will lead to permanent disability and death for Julian.  It has already begun to affect his vision and he can no longer hear.  All of this happened in only a few weeks.

In the coming months, Julian’s family needed a tremendous amount of support. There were day-to-day needs, medical bills, medical equipment to purchase, household needs, loss of work and memories to create. There is no way to know the length of time this little boy will be with his family, and what expenses will accumulate.

How did we help a family headed on a journey to say goodbye?

Our goal was to provide them with resources to help keep Julian as comfortable as possible and help the family enjoy and treasure their remaining time together; we created a GoFundMe page in which we raised $78,000, with a starting goal of $50,000. With all your aid and support, we were able to give the Kampfshulte family a blessing in order to cherish their time left together. Your generous donations went directly to pay bills, buy supplies, create memories, and help with lost wages over this overwhelmingly emotional time. Your donation continues to bless them along the way; thank you for keeping Julian Kampfschulte and his family in your prayers.

Disabled Veteran Yard Clean Up

The Thomas Richards Charity board and family members came together to clean up the yard of an amazing Veteran. We organized the yard clean up for a Disabled Vietnam Vet, Jerry. On May 31,2015 in the Rochester Hills area, we all met and pitched in together to help tidy up Jerry’s yard. Jerry keeps an amazing home and yard but due to an illness and surgery this month he wasn’t able to take care of his yard. Thank you to all those who came out to support the cause, Jerry, and Veterans like him. IMG_3547

Matt Moscato Charity Golf 2015 to support Izzy

Matt Moscato Charity Golf 2015 to support Izzy

2015’s Golf Outing put on by the Matt Mascato Charity was in support of helping Izzy to be pain free and to fund her surgery. The Golf Outing was held at Sylvan Glen Golf Course and Camp Ticonderoga on July 31, 2015.Because of your generous donations and support, Izzy’s surgery was able to occur. Thomas Richards Charity thanks you for your continued support. Please continue to read to see more about Izzy’s story, condition, and results. 

Izzy’s problem’s all started with a 6-week battle with bronchitis and sinus infections in November of 2012. When Izzy, then 12 years old, finally began to feel better, she was left with a constant headache.  

She saw multiple specialists, at University of Michigan Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, and Michigan Head and Neurological Institute. She went through endless tests – MRI’s, MRA’s, MRV’s, EEG’s, heart tests, constant blood work, nerve blocks in her temples, forehead, and back of her head, and even tried Botox injections. She has tried spinal taps, which always ended with a painful blood patch to try to help the additional spinal headache that would follow the initial spinal tap. All in hopes that it would break her constant headache. She tried what seemed like hundreds of medications with no results to end the head pain. She was even hospitalized to try more invasive prescription treatments, spending her 15th birthday there, all to leave without any answers. Doctors, who were said to be the “best in the world”, always repeating that Izzy was a complicated case, a mystery.

For these three and a half years Izzy’s parents were paying up to $1400.00 a month for insurance alone. Dr. Amerlak in Texas, after reviewing all of Izzy’s medical history, believed that he could help Izzy. Izzy flew to Texas in February of 2015 and had two appointments with Dr. Amerlak. One performing specialized nerve blocks that left Izzy with no pain in her temples for the first time in three years! (This “pain free” period lasted for three hours; the longest it would be expected to last was four.) Two days later, at the second appointment, he then performed specialized deep Botox injections to her face, neck, and head.

The next step was to have nerve decompression surgery that would hopefully allow Izzy, then 16 years old, to have a headache free day. The surgery was not covered by insurance.

Izzy’s strength and perseverance through this has been remarkable. In spite of the constant head pain she has been able to remain an A/B student and is determined to hopefully attend Michigan State University one day to become a neuropsychologist. She has goals, she has plans, and with this surgery it will continue to help her achieve them.

The surgery was a success and with a long recovery process Izzy ended up being free of her chronic headache. Izzy is now a normal girl studying at Oakland University and working in the medical field. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Izzy’s life normal again.