5 year old Bella has multiple, and complex, medical issues resulting from a rare chromosomal disorder. The ventricles in her brain are enlarged, resulting in an intellectual impairment, low muscle tone, delayed speech and delayed motor skills. Bella has feeding tube surgically connected to her tummy so that she can receive nutrition.
Because her condition is so rare she doesn’t qualify for government funding that could subsidise the extremely high combined costs of her therapies, equipment and aids.
Bella has the opportunity to attend Conductive Educational Queensland every week to receive some fantastic Occupational, Speech and Physio Therapies. The program teaches children with neurological conditions to be as independent as possible and to develop confidence and self-esteem.
The program is improving Bella’s health and well-being. It’s improving her quality of life.
But the cost of the program is becoming difficult to manage on top of the cost of all her other medical treatments and all the special pieces of disability aids and equipment that she needs too.
At I Give A Buck! we believe that every child has the right live with dignity and good health and happiness – and so we’re running Bella’s Appeal to raise the $4,600 needed to pay for Bella’s therapies through until the end of 2012. Currently, we have $800 in the kitty so much more is needed.
If you’d like to ensure that Bella is given the chance to shine please donate to her appeal here. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go towards Bella’s therapy costs.