Young woman with ALS fights back: Unstoppable Kendel

Young woman with ALS fights back: Unstoppable Kendel

From Stephany Darden

Kendel needs our help! After a year of doctor's appointments, she received devastating news…it’s ALS. Our donations will help this vibrant, young woman maintain her independence as she fights back.

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In September 2019, our dear friend Kendel (35) was diagnosed with ALS.  (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) In the year prior to her diagnosis she started having trouble with simple tasks such as turning keys in a lock and even writing. She spent a year seeing over 15 doctors across 4 specialties looking for answers.  ALS is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord where essentially the brain loses the ability to control muscle movement. There is no rhyme or reason to it who gets it or how it progresses. But eventually you lose the ability to control your body, while your brain remains unaffected.

The prognosis for ALS is incredibly difficult to accept for anyone...and especially for a young vibrant woman who was hitting her stride in life.

When she confirmed her diagnosis to me and my husband, we fell apart.  You see, our family has a special relationship with Kendel, as she was our nanny for many years.  She came into my home when I was an emotional wreck as a first time mom going back to work with a 3 month old.  She made a life altering impact on my family and especially my daughter, who counts her as one of her favorite people in the entire world.  

One quick story to illustrate her impact: I'll never forget, when my Dad passed away unexpectedly, my husband and I were able to leave our infant in her care for 3 days to grieve our loss and attend out of town services. This was the first time we left her overnight with anyone who wasn't family. But the truth is...Kendel is my family.

So now, it is time for me to do something for her that she would do for my family.

Kendel has health insurance and is getting good care from doctors and therapists, however she is starting to have difficulties with more and more everyday tasks and the assistance of a home helper will go a long way to improve her quality of life and help her remain independent longer. Small things we all take for granted folding laundry, washing our hair and taking out trash are daily challenges for Kendel. 

I'm setting up this campaign to raise money that will go towards paying a qualified person to help Kendel maintain independent living. 

Any amount you can give is SO appreciated.

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