HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (2/26/13)—Unforeseen hardships in life can leave most anyone feeling helpless, but with the help of close friends and support from the community at large, life-altering tribulations can be much easier to cope with. In fact, it’s kind-hearted, communal concepts like these that are giving one Madisonville family, the Offutts, hope for the future—but they need your support, too.
As Carrie Offutt explains to the Sugg Street Post, her husband, Kevin Offutt, who is also the father of their two children, Alysia, 13, and Elijah, 6, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December, 2010. And while some of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor include severe headaches, seizures, and memory loss, Carrie explains that Kevin’s symptoms manifested in his feet and legs.
“Kevin was a manager at Lowe’s at the time, and he took off a couple days because his feet were hurting him. We thought it was because he was standing on the concrete floor all day,” says Carrie. “We tried different shoes and insoles, but it just kept getting worse.”
It wasn’t long before the Offutts took a trip to the hospital, and while medical professionals initially believed that Kevin might be developing multiple sclerosis, a closer look at an MRI scan of his brain and spine revealed an astrocytoma brain tumor. What’s more, it was found that the tumor’s particular positioning on Kevin’s brain was directly affecting his movements, with especial regards to walking.
At the doctor’s request, Kevin underwent a year’s worth of oral chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation treatment, both of which helped to reduce the tumor’s size.
Though the tumor poses no immediate lethal threat today, Kevin’s mobility has been greatly reduced due to the tumor’s position, far-reaching nature, and seizure-prompting attributes. While Kevin can currently walk with assistance from a cane or walker for short periods of time, his main mode of transportation is an electric wheel chair.
Unfortunately, however, doctors have noted that the stage-2 tumor could lead to further paralysis in the future.
With this in mind, the Offutts are searching out a permanent way to transport the chair—specifically a wheelchair accessible minivan—but they need donations to make a down payment on such a vehicle.
“We’re trying to make the best of everyday together, and having a permanent and reliable way to transport Kevin’s wheelchair will allow us to do more as a family,” says Carrie.
Luckily, the family has been able to set up donation page via IndieGoGo.com and has collected over $750 from generous, local supporters. With a $5,000 goal, though, they still need more assistance from people just like you.
“We are hoping to receive enough donations to put a decent down payment on a minivan that can transport Kevin, but we’re open to prayers as well,” adds Carrie.
Sugg Street Post
Written by Luke Short
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Harold Dean Linville Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:06 Comment Link
Reuther Harris Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:25 Comment Link
How can I contribute to Larry
Lori Young Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:04 Comment Link
prayers going out to you that the tumor leaves your body for good and you wont need that electric wheelchair.