Derek's Eye To The World

Derek's Eye To The World

You can make a positive different today!

Time Left To Donate

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

Derek's Eye To The World

Derek S. George, Jr. is now 31 years old; remarkable since we were told we would be lucky if he survived till he was 8.   With scores of 0 & 8 at birth, I wasn’t sure how long we’d have him, but I knew he was something special and would make our lives brighter.  Boy has he ever!

Derek was born with Cerebral Palsy, he is legally blind, and has very limited speech.  He spent most of his childhood going back and forth between Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and Shriner’s Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, Ma.  Undergoing over 18 surgeries for eyes, legs muscles, several hip surgeries, and several misc. emergencies (the latest being a critical radial fracture to his good arm – requiring permanent plates and screws).  Having very limited mobility, and requiring full time assistance 24/7, Derek is confined to a wheelchair for life.  Despite all he has gone through, Derek wants to experience life, as all young men do.  He is happiest when involved with other people and busy doing things – from sun up till beyond sun down!

A few years ago, Derek asked his grandfather to help him create a resume, so he could apply for a job, just as his younger brother had.  Tears formed in everyone’s eyes, but Derek now works a couple hours- a few days a week at Home Depot and Starbucks – doing anything physically possible for him.

We have continued to give Derek the best possible life, and to provide the best we can for all his needs.  But there are situations that are more than the family can handle. Limited incomes and lack of federal or state adult assistance for Derek, it has become harder and harder to handle the costly items; such as replacing a worn, braking down handicapped equipped vehicle.  The vehicles we have been able to afford, have been old, and in constant need of repairs; such as the air conditioning during this – one of the hottest seasons yet.  With constant break downs, Derek is home bound, not a pleasant situation.  Unlike some, and despite his disabilities, Derek does want to be productive and does what he can to contribute to his own welfare.  He is a pleasure to be with and loves meeting new people, and boy- his smile will hook you in.

Derek has been everyone’s strength.  His mom has had one shoulder surgery and is looking at another, along with arm surgery.  His step dad underwent critical back surgery a few months back.  It is Derek’s determination and positive attitude about life, that helps get everyone in his family through their tough times.

It’s tough to keep Derek down.  He loves the outdoors; from camping to boating, bicycle riding being pulled by his step dad, to looking for black bears in the mountains with his mom; he just loves to be experiencing life.  He is constantly looking to go somewhere and do something.  Without a safe, reliable, and equipped vehicle all that is impossible for him.   Please help us give Derek some reliable mobility, an ability to bring him on adventures and experience life.