On this week's edition of "Resource Central," Joe Reinecker interviews Mercy Hospital physical therapist Bob Meredith. The two discuss appropriate exercise and physical therapy for individuals with disabilities.
A trip to Mayo clinic...
30 HOME MADE DINNERS/FREEZER & FLAT SCREEN TV GIVEAWAY
Submitted by Beverly Read.
What do home made frozen dinners, a freezer and an Ultra HD flat screen give away have to do with getting a young mom to the Mayo Clinic? Christina VanMeerbeck –Weldon, a graduate of Jayhawk-Linn High School and resident of Pleasanton, Kansas is literally fighting for her life. Thirty-three year-old Christina, mother of three young daughters and wife of her high school sweetheart Corey, was diagnosed with non-alcoholic Cirrhosis of the liver in May of 2015 after years of undiagnosed illness. Last May, she was sent by life flight to KU Medical Center where she fell into a coma with a variceal bleed. She managed to survive that episode but her health has continued to decline. Because of the liver not functioning properly, she also suffers from Hepatic Encephalopathy that occurs when ammonia builds up in the body causing confusion, and can lead to possible coma and death.
Christina’s doctor has said he cannot place her on the donor list because of her significant medical conditions. He recommended placing her on Hospice and has decided that he can do nothing further for her. Christina wishes to continue to be here for her family. Without major intervention, that hope cannot become a reality.
Christina’s Primary Care Doctor decided her case might benefit from a second opinion and he submitted her records to the Transplant Team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Last week, Christina received notification from Mayo Clinic accepting her as a patient and said they would work with her doctors here upon her return home! They set a date in mid June for her to come for further examination and testing. Mayo clinic has given her hope for a second chance at life. She wants to see her daughter’s complete school, get married and she wants to become a grandmother some day. That has renewed her hope.
To make this effort a reality, a 30 30 Family Dinners in a Freezer and Flat Screen TV Giveaway Fundraiser will run until June 5th. For a $5 ticket you could receive a 6.9 cu. ft. freezer that is full of 30 home cooked frozen meals serving 6, whipped up by some of Linn & Bourbon County’s finest cooks. $20 would purchase 5 tickets. An additional big item will be given for second place which is a Sharp 43” Ultra HD LED Smart 4K Flat Screen TV valued at $550.
All funds will be so appreciated and will be used to provide transportation, lodging, food and copays while at Mayo Clinic. The fundraiser is sponsored by SKIL Resource Center a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.
Meals/Freezer and TV recipients are responsible for picking up items in Mound City, Kansas upon notification.
On this week's edition of "Resource Central," Joe Reinecker interviews Rick Macias from the Chanute SKIL office on the recent ADAPT rally in Washington, D.C. At the rally, ADAPT supporters were trying to advocate a bill that would keep more disabled people out of nursing homes.
Interview by Joe Reinecker
Transcription by Andy Rausch
On this week’s edition of “Resource Central,” Joe Reinecker talks to SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney about SKIL’s new motto, “People Matter.” Because the phone connection was poor, the interview is being posted here in transcribed form rather than with audio.
JOE REINECKER: Welcome to today’s edition of “Resource Central.” Today’s guest is President and CEO of SKIL, Shari Coatney. Shari, welcome to “Resource Central.”
SHARI COATNEY: Thank you. I am so happy to be here.
JOE REINECKER: We’re happy to have you here. I hear that SKIL has a new motto. Could you talk about that?
SHARI COATNEY: I’ve been very frustrated with the way things are going in our state. Recently we had one of our board members, who was also a legislator for many, many years, pass away. The timing of those two things made me start feeling this passion—“people matter.” Bob Grant was one of our heroes in Southeast Kansas because he never forgot that he represented the people. He sat on our board after he left legislation because he still really cared about people. It was a place where he could take his passion and ensure that people were getting what they needed, and he could keep an eye on the way that the legislation in the state of Kansas was affecting people. The working class people and poor people… people who had needs for services. This motto, “people matter,” kind of came about at a board meeting after Bob’s passing when we decided we were going to do a memorial fund. But I think a lot of people have forgotten that, that people matter.
JOE REINECKER: I don’t know if I should ask this question, but I’m going to do it anyway. Do you feel that disabled people are being forgotten by the governor’s budget cuts?
SHARI COATNEY: I think that people are just not the priority right now. I think the budget cuts and the tax reductions and the insanity of the shortfalls of budget…their thinking on how to fix that is to take it away from people. It’s not just people with disabilities—it’s people in general. People with disabilities fall into every class, so they’re taking it off the backs of the poor, they’re taking it off the backs of children, they’re taking it off the backs of senior citizens—just anything that has to do with human services.
JOE REINECKER: I said I’d never do this show with a politician, but it would be nice to know what the governor’s thinking.
SHARI COATNEY: I think he’s just thinking about cutting taxes and cutting expenditures. I think he looks at people as tax-takers . When you’re talking about kids and the elderly and people with disabilities, generally you’re not talking about the people he’s talking about. He thinks about big business owners. He thinks that’s what makes the economy work. And I don’t think it’s just him; I think it’s more than just the governor. I think the entire legislative body just don’t have enough reminders that people matter. The people on waiver services matter, the people on food stamps matter, people who need medical assistance matter, the elderly matter—people frickin’ matter. I think we’ve listened to the rhetoric long enough that we as people start to forget what pays for our schools and what pays for our social services…even our highways. It’s tax dollars. We have to have tax revenue in order to have programs, and it’s our responsibility on every level I can think of to make sure we’re taking care of the people within our state.
JOE REINECKER: How long have you worked with SKIL?
SHARI COATNEY: I’ve been there twenty-two years.
JOE REINECKER: How long have you been the president and CEO?
SHARI COATNEY: That whole time.
JOE REINECKER: What gets the president and CEO of SKIL fired up in the morning?
SHARI COATNEY: Knowing that I make a difference in people’s lives by providing the services we provide. Also, I get fired up when I see that someone else is not taking care of someone’s needs. We’ve all got to do our part. I think that’s where the “people matter” mantra comes in. We all have a responsibility—every single one of us. People need to figure out that if the government isn’t going to do what they need to do, then it’s up to us. You’ve got to get out and vote. You can change the mindset of those people by not voting or promoting for them. If they know you’re vote is at stake, then they’re going to care a whole lot more about what you think. Also, I think we’ve all got to reach into our pockets, as well. I don’t care if you can only give fifty cents or five bucks. I don’t care who you give it to. It can be SKIL, it can be your local church, it can be the school system. Give it to a teacher to buy extra pencils for students. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we have a responsibility and we’ve got to remember to take our responsibilities seriously, whether it’s helping our elderly neighbor or volunteering at a local non-profit. Donate to your local food bank. We’ve all got to give more.
This week on Resource Central, Joe follows up with Chanute Independent Living (IL) Coordinator Sharon Traylor about a woodworking class she established for customers last month.
The class is open to anyone in the area who would like to participate. To get involved they should contact Sharon at (620) 431-0757.