Angels of the Abbey

Angels of the Abbey

From Angels of The Abbey

Angels of the Abbey is a non-profit foundation created by Belmont Abbey College Alumni to help alumni & others when personal challenges strike.

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Jacque Noe Young (BAC 88) Chris aka Rex Young (BAC 87)

Jacque’s Story

 Jacque Noe Young was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease on July 9, 2007. The day before her 41 birthday. HD is aprogressive degeneration of nerve cells in the brain that affects movement, cognitive functions, and emotions. There is no cure for HD, only some symptomatic treatments, it is always fatal. Many people refer to it as the worst combination of ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Bi-polar disease. Since diagnosis, Jacque has had to give up many things; working, driving, her home, her independence, the ability to care for herself, feed herself and enjoy things in life that many of us take for granted. But she is an inspiration. She has never complained or bemoaned her lot in life. Instead, she has tried to help others fighting this rare and debilitating disease by raising money, participating in experimental drug trials and research studies, and living the best life she can with HD, for as long as she can.

 

Shortly after Jacque was diagnosed with HD, the Angel of the Abbey Foundation was established.  Angels of the Abbey is a non-profit, 501 ©3 entity formed by the Belmont Abbey College classmates of Jacque Noe Young. Angles of the Abbey was formed to provide financial assistance towards the care of Jacque and others affected by HD. Angels of the Abbey also raises funds to help support the children of military personnel, in honor of the memory of our friend Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty (USA), Belmont Abbey Alum ’86, who gave his life in service to our country. Angels of the Abbey is a 100% volunteer organization. Aside from costs associated with our annual golf tournament, every cent raised is used in support of our mission.  

 

The financial toll of living with a debilitating disease for 14 years is quite heavy. Jacque has been living in assisted care since 2016. Her care needs and care expenses increase with each year that goes by. The long-term care insurance policy she purchased years ago, providing $320,000 of coverage, has been exhausted. Her room and board at the dementia facility, where she now resides, costs $8,250 per month. Medicine, care supplies and the needed everyday items increase in cost each month.

 

Fortunately, Jacque has been surrounded by loving family and friends. Through Angels of the Abbey, a Special Needs Trust was established in 2010 for Jacque’s future care needs. Since that time, funds in the Trust have been used to renovate her home to make it safer and accessible, allowing her to stay in her home for several extra years before she had to move out for her safety and well-being. Funds from the Trust were also used to provide her with a wheelchair, designed for people with HD, as well as other furniture (chairs and beds) that lift and lower her to make caring for her safer and easier. Finally, over the last 18 months Trust funds have been used to offset care costs that her LTC Policy doesn’t cover due to its daily maximum coverage amount of $175.00 or $5,250.00 per month.

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