HELPING FAMILIES
WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST
Meet Luca's Family

Luca and his Ewing, NJ family received support from Fred's Footsteps while he was recovering from a double lung transplant at the CHOP.

"After Luca’s life saving transplant, Fred's Footsteps stepped in when we needed you most. You relieved financial burden, so we could spend time aiding in Luca’s recovery and preparing to bring him home. For this, we can’t thank you enough."

Just days after his birth, Luca was diagnosed with lung failure and was referred to the lung transplant program at CHOP where he was placed on the list to await a donor. On November 7, 2016, at five months of age, Luca received a bilateral lung transplant. Luca's mother had already taken all of her FMLA – mostly without pay – and she was forced to further reduce her work hours to part time to be at the hospital while Luca recovered. This cut the family’s income in half. The family was having difficulty covering their everyday bills, while caring for their young daughter at home and Luca, who remained hospitalized. Fred’s Footsteps stepped in to provide the family with two months of mortgage and utility payments.

Meet Kyle's Family

Kyle and his Pennsville, NJ, family turned to Fred’s Footsteps after he suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a drunk driver.

"Fred’s Footsteps allowed us to be a family again. I can’t express how much it meant, not just to Kyle, but to our entire family. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Fred’s Footsteps.”

Kyle was hit by a drunk driver in June 2015 while skateboarding to a friend’s birthday party. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, multiple bone fractures, and doctors feared for his survival. His mother and step-father, who were taking care of five boys at the time of the accident, were forced to stop working. They quickly fell behind on several bills while taking care of Kyle at the hospital. Fred’s Footsteps covered the family’s mortgage and utilities for several months to get them back on their feet. We further provided a financial cushion so that they could focus on the necessary home modifications required to bring Kyle back in the house with his family.

Meet Hayden's Family

Hayden and her Garnet Valley, PA family received support from Fred's Footsteps after her diagnosis of Unilateral Retinoblastoma.

"Although this past year was an incredible struggle, today we are very fortunate and thankful to be able to enjoy this holiday as a family again. We are able to have this simple happiness again because of all of you. Your love, your support, your kindness, your devotion, and your extreme generosity have gotten us to this point, so we feel truly blessed. There is no way that we could have made it this far without you, so thank you for everything that you’ve done for us!"

Hayden was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when she was four years old after having symptoms of eye drift and eye pain. She had her right eye removed immediately after diagnosis and began chemotherapy shortly thereafter. Before Hayden's illness, both of her parents were very stably employed. In fact, her father had recently left his full time job for a contract position that would have afforded him an even better salary. When Hayden was diagnosed, he was forced to resign from this position, and he was not eligible for FMLA due to his short employment. The family quickly began to deplete their savings to keep current on their bills, but then they found Fred’s Footsteps. Fred’s Footsteps provided the family with three months of mortgage and car payments to allow them to get back on their feet and focus on Hayden’s treatment.

Meet Miles' Family

After Miles’ premature birth and diagnosis of Skeletal Dysplasia, his Philadelphia family received the help they needed from Fred’s Footsteps.

“This funding from Fred’s Footsteps gives us the peace of mind of knowing that at least our mortgage is being paid while we focus on getting Miles well enough to finally join us in our family home. Without financial assistance, we were uncertain that we would be able to keep our home.”

Miles and his brother, George, were born at just 31 weeks gestation. George was healthy at birth, but Miles had multiple complications related to his premature birth and Skeletal Dysplasia, including chronic respiratory failure. Miles needed a tracheostomy and feeding tube for support. Their parents both worked full time prior to the twins’ birth, but soon they were struggling to take care of healthy George, while visiting Miles at Dupont in Delaware, and keeping up a regular work schedule. Fred’s Footsteps provided six months of mortgage payments so that the Luczkowski family could focus on getting Miles healthy and bringing him home, which they successfully did at Thanksgiving (when he was over one year old).

Telor
Telor
Rent, Utilities, Car Payments
Riley
Riley
Rent, Utilities, Car Payment
Sophia
Sophia
Rent
Cole
Cole
Mortgage
Robert
Robert
Rent and Utilities
Klaire
Klaire
Rent and Utilities
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