About this fundraiser

### Help My Mom, Shannon James, Overcome Paralysis and Financial Hardship

**My name is Kylie, and I am 10 years old. I am writing to ask for your help for my mom, Shannon James.**

My mom is 48 years old and has always been a strong and caring person. She has always worked so hard every day to provide for us. She has always been there for me, supporting me in everything I do. My mom is my best friend and I just want her to be happy again. We use to do everything together. Please help my mom It would be the best thing I could ever ask for. Thank you. Kylie 

### Our Story

Hi. My name is Shannon James 2 and a half years ago I went to the ER with severe back pain and fever. After many tests, doctors misdiagnosed me with degenerative arthritis of the spine and sent me home with Prednisone However, my condition worsened drastically  in the next 24 hours which led me to go to another ER for a second opinion. Within 3 hours after arriving at the hospital , I was completely paralyzed from the waist down.. I was taken for emergency surgery. That's when I found out that I actually had a spinal abscess, a serious infection in her spine that had been misdiagnosed from the first hospital which had now spread and left me paralyzed. News that I was not prepared to hear and certainly not prepared for what this meant for me and my childrens life moving forward. It's not something you can mentally accept. Life has been nothing but a nightmare since. 

The abscess caused so much damage that I had lost the ability to walk. The doctors did everything they could, but the damage was already done. Now, I need a wheelchair to get around, and it's a struggle just to manage daily activities.

### The Struggle with Disability Benefits

Since my paralysis, I haven't been able to work. I applied for disability benefits right away, but it has been two and a half years, and I'm  still waiting for approval. In the meantime, I  have been struggling to make ends meet. My savings have run out, and I'm in desperate need of financial assistance to stay afloat until we can get the disability benefits.

### Our Needs

We are asking for your help to cover our basic living expenses and medical bills. Here are some of the things we need help with:

- **Rent:** We need to make sure we have a safe and stable place to live.
- **Medical Bills:** My mom has ongoing medical expenses for treatments, medications, and doctor visits.
- **Daily Living Expenses:** This includes groceries, utilities, and other essentials.

### How Your Help Will Make a Difference

Your donation, no matter how small, will make a huge difference in our lives. It will help us stay in our home, pay medical treatments, and cover our basic needs. It will also give us some peace of mind while I wait for the disability benefits to be approved.

### My Mom's Dream

Despite everything she has been through, my mom still has dreams and hopes for the future. She wants to walk again.  She is working hard to do this and I just want our lives back to the way it was before. I don't like my mom to be sad and I miss the things we use to do together  

### Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We appreciate  any help you can give us. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. Please share our story with your friends and family so that we can reach as many people as possible.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Kylie and Shannon❤️

Organized by

Shannon James

Fort Mill, SC, USA

Organizer