LOUIE R. MERLO FOUNDATION​

LOUIE R. MERLO FOUNDATION​

From Nancy Merlo

From supporting therapy dog visits to helping repair equipment not covered by insurance, our goal is to make life a little easier for families with severely impaired children.

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We have recently identified a family with a nineteen year-old son, with 5 siblings and one on the way. At age 8 months-old, Isaac suffered a spontaneous brain hemorrhage just like our Louie. He was left with no sight and significant brain damage. Isaac loves being read to, listening to music and feeling the sun shine on his face and of course, all his brothers and sisters! 

Mom homeschools all the kids and is very grateful for all their blessings. They are a close family with a very strong faith. 

When this family was approached by our foundation, they were humbled to say the least, and a bit apprehensive to share with us what they could really use. Mom & Dad would love to have a vehicle large enough to accommodate all the kids and the wheelchair too. Right now, they have to travel in two different cars!

"We currently need a new vehicle that can seat our growing family and have a wheelchair. This is a hard task to find such a van and then the price is another. We like the Ford Transit 2015's. It's the only van we have seen that allows all the seating. The van would need to be 15 passenger. So we could keep 11 or 12 seats and have room for a wheelchair to be placed. (Insurance would cover the wheelchair part.) We have saved $12,000 to go go to it but were far from short. Why would this be a blessing? We do need a reliable vehicle that fits all of us, but the blessing is having Isaac be a part of whatever we do" is how mom described her wish. 

At first, I thought this was out of our reach, but maybe not? Let's see if we can raise enough to help purchase this family the perfect vehicle that can accommodate their entire family!! 

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