A family in need reaches out
by BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
Aug 17, 2014 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Little Katie Barkley has been home from the hospital two months and is being slowly weaned from her vent. Her mother Katelynn Barkley works with her little girl daily with physical therapy.
Little Katie Barkley has been home from the hospital two months and is being slowly weaned from her vent. Her mother Katelynn Barkley works with her little girl daily with physical therapy.
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For Katie Barkley, the toddler who was injured in an auto accident in January, the ordeal is not over. According to her grandmother Glyndora Condon, Katie has been home from the hospital two months and is being slowly weaned from her vent.

But the bills keep mounting, Condon confides, and although the family has made a valiant effort to pay them, they have to face a financial crisis as well. To date, their bills exceed $2 million with the insurance paying 80 percent. And the question is “How to pay?”

To help the family raise these substantial funds, a multifaceted benefit is planned for Aug. 30. The day’s events will include a fishing contest at Cottonport Marine in Decatur, and a bike ride in Cleveland, along with other fundraising activities.

Registration for the fishing contest is at 10 a.m. and the fishing starts at 10:30 a.m. and will last to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 per entry.

Fish judging will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and sales and bids will continue until 8 p.m. The bikers will meet at Village Green in Cleveland. Registration for the bike ride will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the bikers will ride from 1 to 3 p.m. The fee will be $20 per biker and $10 per rider.

All will meet at Cottonport for entertainment, raffle, auction, line dancing, karaoke and live bluegrass music to provide more options to help raise funds for Katie. There will even be a line-dance lesson for only $5 for participation.

Every 20 minutes, someone will draw out a winning name for a donated, sponsored gift or item. At 8 p.m., Katie’s grandmother, who is a member of Cottonport, and her dad will count the funds and will announce what was collected for the family.

The biggest and most exciting feature will be when little 2-year-old Katie arrives approximately at 5 p.m. Although she may not be able to stay long, says her grandmother — Katie cannot take the heat well — “at least she can be there to say ‘thank you’ to her supporters.”

Katie can now drink thickened fluids, although she still has a GI-J tube and tracheotomy tube. Her mother Katelynn Barkley works with Katie with physical therapy and OT ever day. This is imperative since the PT has not yet begun at home.

Condon says Katie is making good progress and needs these vital services, so Katelynn has been working to keep Katie from regressing until the physical therapy becomes available to her — hopefully soon.

For daily updates on Katie and to help, you may visit www.gofundme.com. For more information, email m.glyndora@yahoo.com.