There is a little boy in South Carolina named Noah. He’s seven years old. Like most boys of that age, Noah loves Legos, dinosaurs and sea monsters, among other things. But Noah is not like other boys his age. Noah experiences the world from his bed or his wheelchair. Noah has mitochondrial disease. The disease is progressive and untreatable.
Noah and his family need help. The Estes family is a big, noisy, loving family with eight kids from five to 20 years of age. They love to go places and do things. They include Noah in almost everything to savor each and every memory. And now that ability to make memories is sorely jeopardized. In, fact, Noah’s ability to get to his medical care is in jeopardy.
Noah Estes needs to be transported in a bus with a special lift and room for all of his medical equipment. Taking Noah to the doctor or anywhere, for that matter, is like an expedition with tons of medications, tubes and machinery.
To get the funds to purchase a suitable bus, the Estes family put on a huge carnival and online auction of donated items two years ago. Miraculously, they made enough to purchase a used bus. Sadly, that bus is now on its last leg.
A fundraiser has been established to help the Estes family purchase a new bus. This type of vehicle is not cheap. The estimated cost for a reliable used bus is approximately $20,000. This amount would provide a vehicle that doesn’t turn into the proverbial “money pit” for the Estes family. This is far from pocket change for many of us. The Estes family needs help. Can you please donate a dollar to help them get the wheels they need for Noah?
I have talked about donations before and a lot of people say to me, “Carla, what can $1 do?” My answer is, “Maybe not much on its own, but if you put it together with everybody else’s dollars, miracles happen!” A beach is made out of many, many, many grains of sand.
Noah Estes can’t walk, he can’t eat and he can’t play like other kids. His life is tubes and meds 24/7. Still, he is a happy child with a big bright smile for everybody, especially his seven brothers and sisters. His mom, Kate, manages most of his daily medical care, which is time-consuming and difficult, but Kate wouldn't have it any other way.
If you’d like to check out the Estes clan, click on the View the List button at the top of this article. To see some of the most heartwarming photos you've ever seen, Noah’s recent seventh birthday party, click HERE. To see a great little You Tube video montage, click on this link: He is Our Hero.
To donate your $1 (or more) to the Estes family’s new bus, click HERE. If we all get together on this one, Noah will be tooling down the road in no time, and the Estes family will be making more magical memories together.