It was Christmas Eve 2012 when children anticipate wishes come true and experience unbridled excitement. For 11-year-old Amy Mantell, Christmas Eve marked the beginning of a life gone backwards. Amy went from a gifted student and athlete, to a little girl who's life slammed into reverse in a matter of seconds...by years. As friends, neighbors and loved ones unknowingly celebrated the 2013 New Year, Amy's parents frightfully awaited news whether their precious 11-year-old daughter, in a coma from two massive strokes, would live or die.
Weeks later to the absolute joy of Amy's parents Hank and Leilani and their 9-year-old son Ethan, Amy woke up from her coma. That is when the real trauma began. Amy uttered no words, made no movements, shared no eye contact and expressed no emotion. She was awake but lost inside her own body, a body holding her captive to a new set of standards in movement, thinking, speaking and emotions. It is a journey not only for Amy but her entire family and requires unimaginable patience, enduring love, constant forgiveness, and controlled expectations. Amy is a stranger to her own body and whether that will change is still unknown. But what is known is that Amy is fighting to get her life back and her parents and brother have joined her in that battle. Today we are asking you to join in Amy's fight to recover because as surely as Amy cannot do this alone, truth be told neither can her family. They need your help!
Hardships have arrived in many forms...physical, emotional, psychological, and financial. Amy's mother Leilani is no longer working and caring for Amy 24/7. The most basic bills, food, shelter and medical, are not being met. Family heirlooms and keepsakes have been sold by Amy's parents just to pay bills and keep up with the staggering cost of prescriptions and medical expenses. Ethan now requires special counseling because of the incredible stress put on this sensitive 9 year old. They are waiting for Amy to recover enough physically and emotionally to start a series of radiation treatments. The treatments are critical for Amy's long-term recovery and yet just as undergoing the treatments could result in death or further brain damage, not doing anything could produce the same results. The medical bills, occupational and physical therapy sessions, co-pays, prescriptions, food, utilities and mortgage payments are mounting and overwhelming.
We are trying to raise $100,000.
The money will be used for medical expenses and treatments not covered by insurance and for living expenses while Amy heals enough for Leilani to work again.
Raising the money the family needs can only be done through your generosity, kindness and desire to share this story with your neighbors, coworkers, friends and family who will share it with their friends and loved ones to help raise funds for the family. There is no way ANY family could make this journey on their own without the support of others. If we all do this as a community in small ways it will have a big impact and bring the financial assistance this family so desperately needs. More importantly, it will give Amy the ability to live life to the best of her ability with the appropriate medical, psychological, emotional, and therapeutic care this courageous and valiant young girl needs. In a different day and life circumstance, this could be any one of us. Can you please reach out and reach deep to change Amy's life and give her a new start, a renewed hope that her life will again be gifted...this time by you!
Thank You for your support! If you would like to keep up on Amy's progress and/or help the family in other more tangible ways, join Amy's Here to Serve care community. To register go to: www.HereToServe.org. Click on the red "Participate/Volunteer" button and fill out the registration form. You will receive an email to Amy's site where you set up your own personal login and password. Medical updates will be sent as they are posted. Also, feel free to Join us on facebook at HereToServe-Nonprofit.
Katie Quintas, Founder
Here to Serve