Kim Mayberry, mother of 18-year-old Christian Mayberry who suffered a traumatic brain injury two years ago on Sept. 1, said her family has come far and gotten close to recovery for Christian. They have another opportunity at recovery next week.
That's when Christian will be going to Carrick Brain Center in Dallas, Texas. Thanks to a generous donation from Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay Foundation in Tampa, Fla., the family will be traveling Tuesday to Dallas for Christian's treatments. Hands Across the Bay donated $15,000 for the treatment. However, that does not pay for traveling and living expenses while Christian and his parents stay in Dallas for the two weeks he will be receiving the treatments.
Kim Mayberry said the family does not have the money for those living expenses. She said the hotel which offers special rates for those undergoing treatment and even a shuttle to the center, will cost well over $2,700. In addition, the family must have their own money for gas and meals during the two weeks Christian will be in and out at the center. The hotel provides handicapped-accessible rooms, with kitchenettes for families, which will help reduce the cost of eating out at restaurants, Kim said, since she can do the cooking. A handicapped-accessible room is needed for Christian, she said.
Anyone wishing to help the Mayberrys in this next step in Christian's recovery may donate to the family at gofundme.com. Just google gofundme.com Christian Mayberry to reach the link. Kim Mayberry said the donation amount shown on the donation site has already been spent on previous treatments.
She said, "We are so grateful to Julie Weintraub and her Hands Across the Bay Foundation and to all those who have helped us. Thank you so much."
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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