When Chris Perry , a former resident of Lacey Township in New Jersey served as a Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for Lacey Township Emergency Medical Services he never could have had foreseen that after helping sick and injured strangers and townspeople for years that he may someday be on the receiving end of needing another strangers help in his own life.
Perry and his wife Sherry relocated to Georgetown, Delaware and were adjusting to their new lives together and life was moving along as it should until tragedy struck one day when Sherry received a call that every parent with a child in day care fears. “I received a phone call that changed our lives. Our son, Jarod had gone into respiratory arrest at daycare and the ambulance was taking him to our local hospital. I managed to get there and ride with him in the ambulance. I wasn’t told much”, Perry relates
“Lots of test’s, no information, and an airlift to Children’s National in Washington, DC later, and we were told that Jarod had Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). He had multiple rib fractures, bleeding in both retinas, and severe brain trauma. He was on a ventilator to breathe and in a medically induced coma. I was told that he would most likely die.”
Jarod had other plans though; he is now 13 years old and is fighting his disease despite the odds. Sherry stated “he fights every day, he has been through more in 13 years than most people endure in a lifetime. He has opened my eyes to a whole new world without ever speaking one word. His last surgery was this past January. His back was fully rodded (shoulders to pelvis) because of the curvature from 13 years of immobility."
Jarod and his family needs your help, they don’t want money or your sympathy, just a minute of your time to vote for Jarod so that he can win a new wheelchair van that would help him get around and make his doctor appointments and be able to go out with the family.
You can make a difference in Jarrod’s life, just like his stepfather did for so many others as an EMT. Click here for the link to go to the website and type in Sherry Perry and the state Delaware to go to the page for Jarrod and vote.
Both Chris and Sherry Perry stated that “having a wheelchair van, now that Jarod is taller and heavier, would be an unbelievable relief on all of us. We try very hard to include Jarod in all family activities. That has been harder in the past few years, due to his growth and the sheer work involved in getting him in and out of the truck.”
We all go through life wondering if we could change the world, for most of us the answer is no, but what we can do is make a difference in someone’s life which in turn makes a difference in our own.