Lily Rose and Carene
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
As a young girl, Carene started volunteering at the Love Of Christ Ministries (TLC) in the south of Johannesburg. She pursued her dream and completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy and continues to volunteer using her knowledge to help the less fortunate in our society.
Lily Rose was abandoned by her biological mother at the TLC, and this is where Carene met her and started treating her Dandy-Walker Variant and Cerebral Palsy once a week. After 3 years of careful consideration, Carene decided to adopt Lily Rose officially. Not without its challenges, both socially and financially, Carene followed her heart and today she is Lily Rose’s mommy!
Carene, a single mom, has managed to self-finance new splints and a wheelchair for home use, but her medical aid has not approved a new bath chair or walker for Lily Rose. In this current economy, Carene is battling to save enough money and has done a few fundraising initiatives to buy Lily Rose these items.
However, in an encouraging turn of events, Carene found a Facebook page where special needs moms communicate and share. She corresponded with a fellow special needs Mom on this page and exchanged contact numbers with her because she was interested in the walker. The mom had ordered the walker for her child, but before the walker arrived, heartbreakingly, her child passed away, and so never had an opportunity to use the walker.
With the walker is still being brand new, Carene asked the mom to please save the walker for her, while she tries to raise funds to buy it from her.
To assist Carene in securing these much-needed items for Lily Rose’s future, Hot Cares will be purchasing a bathing chair and walker, for a combined value of R40 000.
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