This post is not about furniture, decorating, makeovers or colors.
It is about a family who is in need of some serious help & prayer.
I do not personally know this family, but have received their caringbridge page from several friends who are 'friends of friends' or who know the family personally.
From reading their story, the gist of it is this:
On July 1, while on a family vacation in Blue Ridge GA, their family's van was struck from behind (at 100 mph) by a drunk driver. One of their daughters died at the scene. Two daughters were very badly injured (with injuries like broken legs, shattered pelvis, etc.). And their only son suffered a catastrophic spinal chord injury and is now not only paralyzed but also ventilator dependent.
They've been receiving care in Chattanooga and the sisters have been discharged to the local Ronald McDonald house for outpatient rehab. However, the young boy is in need of more comprehensive inpatient care and they have chosen to bring him here to Atlanta to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ( CHOA at Scottish Rite, on the north side of town) for that care.
Here is the link to their site:
Caring for the Johnsons
When we have needed urgent medical care for the boys, I have been brought to my knees in gratitude to have CHOA literally down the street. In the middle of the night, with no traffic, we can be there in about 7 minutes ~ door to door. I've often been thankful that IF we ever needed care for a serious long-term problem, we could probably stay in the neighborhood and get the best care possible for our children.
I cannot imagine what it must be like to have suffered the loss & injuries that this family has. And now that they are switching care providers, they are still not able to go 'home'.
I would love for this post to create awareness of this family ~ even if only one prayer is said for them, that is enough for me to have shared it here.
But what I have heard from friends is that they would love to find a place to live while they are here.
Do you know of anyone with an empty house/condo/townhome that is relatively close to CHOA who would be willing to share it with a family in need?
While I don't have a home to share (I sure wish I did!) what I DO have is access to a lot of great furniture :) If a place is found for them, I would love to help them furnish it so that it will be as comfortable as it can possibly be for them.
Please pray for this sweet family, friends! And hug your children ~ gosh, it brings me to tears to think of what these parents have experienced over the last few weeks.
FYI ~ On their site, there is also a link where you can give financially to support the family & their needs at this time, if you feel inclined to do so.
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