Ryan Starnes Colfax, IA 1,877 Votes
This is my son Ryan. He is 12 years old and we live in Colfax Iowa. Ryan has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and cannot walk, so he uses a power wheelchair. Ryan was born 3 months early and weighed 1lb 15 oz. at birth and spent 80 days in the hospital. This past August he had 12 surgeries on his legs.He had to have the surgeries because his muscles were so tight they were pulling his bones the wrong directions. They cut his bones above his knee cap and at his ankles and put plates and screws in to hold his bones together so they could heal. He was in casts for 9 weeks. This summer Ryan needs another surgery to remove the plates and screws. We need a handicap accessible van so I can take my son back and forth to St. Paul MN for his follow up and his surgeries. In Iowa there are not many doctors who specialize in kids with CP. The last few trips we have made to MN to the hospital I had to borrow a vehicle, and take his manual chair just to get him there. I stay at home with Ryan to care for him because there is no daycare in my area that accepts kids with physical disabilities. I am also a single parent and I get no help from his father,which lives in another state and doesn’t have much to do with Ryan. Ryan i in 6th grade and weighs 115lbs. so it is very difficult for me to take him anywhere, especially to the doctor because he is getting to big for me to lift. I don’t have any family to turn to for help, nor can I afford a decent van for my son, due to living on such a limited income, and I just don’t know where else to turn. I have to pay for the trips to MN myself and I get no extra help for that. I have had to sell my clothes, my kids’ clothes, and my some of my belongings just to be able to make the trips to the hospital and back. Just for 1 day costs around $250. Please vote for Ryan so we don’t have to struggle so much to get him back and forth to Dr. appts and PT. Thank you so very much!!!!