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Benjamin Kovacs was an exemplary 18-year employee at Home Depot and had worked his way to a regional position in the Spokane area.  Benjamin and his wife, Erica Kovacs, are parents of three amazing kiddos and Erica is an incredible wife to her husband of 15 years.  She is a Special Education Parapro at Winton Elementary in the Cd’A School District.  Winton is a Title I school, the second lowest income elementary school in the district.  As you can imagine, the students in Special Education really thrive with loving, caring and committed adults helping them.  Benjamin and Erica are just that and more.
While this is about Benjamin, we first want to share with you a little about Erica.  Before Erica started working at Winton, she had cancerous tumors that went misdiagnosed for 7 years.  When she finally got the help she needed, the cancer had spread to a large mass in her side.  She underwent chemotherapy, but after a couple of doses, she had a serious allergic reaction to it.  She opted to have the mass removed and had an open wound that took a year to heal.  Last school year, Erica had a bout of Bell’s Palsy.  She struggled through it, using up all of her sick leave and taking time off without pay.  She is now 90% healed!  As she was recovering last school year, her family’s lives took a turn that no one could possibly have expected.
In the Spring of 2017, Benjamin began slurring his speech and acting erratically.  Without the offer of help or resources, he was let go in May, 2017 due to rapid cognitive decline.  He could no longer do the job he had excelled at for 18 years.  Thinking he might have early onset Alzheimer’s, Benjamin was hospitalized in June for 3 days.  Tests alone totaled over $60,000.  Frustratingly, nothing came back positive.  It was then determined that he was suffering from a severe mental nervous breakdown due to a form of PTSD. Benjamin is now functioning at a child’s cognitive level. Benjamin’s condition has continued to decline these past 10 difficult months and his confusion seems to grow daily.  He has been through months of therapy, endured several batches of tests and procedures including MRIs and swallow tests - Benjamin now chokes on the simplest of foods. After months of doctor appointments, tests, and diagnoses, his symptoms continue on without any concrete answers.  Just last week, Benjamin met with a new Neuropsych doctor. His former diagnosis is now under new consideration.  
These days, Erica is standing beside a husband who can’t provide for his family and is himself confused as to his situation.  Erica is now both mom and dad to their struggling kiddos and also the only caregiver to her husband.  They are receiving no government help at all, no unemployment (he can’t go to interviews), no disability, no Social Security, no respite help, nothing.
But now for the good news! Benjamin has been accepted as a candidate for consultation and examination at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota at the beginning of June!  Erica is excited, nervous, scared, and worried to embark on another part of this mysterious medical journey and is hoping to find answers and possible healing through the Mayo Clinic's expert staff of doctors. The Mayo Clinic said that Benjamin and Erica will need to get a hotel and stay for roughly 12 days as an outpatient.  They will stay in the hotel at night and do the tests and meet with several kinds of neuro and psych doctors at the clinic during the days.  As Erica wrote to us yesterday, “I can’t believe we may actually get some REAL answers!!”  
Of course this fantastic opportunity comes at a cost that the family simply can’t monetarily afford. Erica’s net take-home pay of under $400 a month, (after insurance premiums are deducted), isn’t nearly enough to support a family of five, let alone pay for a trip half way across the country.  This is where we all come in.  Because Erica, Benjamin and their children are dearly loved by their friends and family, Erica is often asked how they can be helped.  Well, here is what we have been waiting for, for we now have a tangible way to support this wonderful family through this givesendgo.com opportunity. If you would like to help with their flights, hotel, food expenses, or any other necessities, please donate any amount to this fund. We promise you it will be received by very worthy and appreciative hearts. 

Hillary Lauren

2018-06-13 17:32:04

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Julie J. Johnson

2018-05-10 00:04:34

Hopin for the best for Ben and Erica and kids.

Michele Mcdonald

2018-05-09 14:37:10

My thoughts are with you and your family!!!

Mandy Purvis

2018-04-20 04:03:29

I hope you finally get some answers! Love you!

Candice e Plowman

2018-04-13 15:02:00

Prayers to you and strength for your family!!!

Anonymous

2018-04-09 00:06:15

"You are the God Who works wonders; You have made known Thy might among the peoples." Psalm 77:14

Karin A Martin

2018-04-06 21:50:50

Donation was made by some of the Winton Staff and our Sunshine Committee. We are a family and we take care of our family! Wel ove you Erica!

Jill Ragan

2018-04-06 19:10:47

Prayers for your family from Ragan Equipment

David Ritchart

2018-04-06 17:20:01

We hope you find some answers & this roller coaster ride ends for you all. Miss you, Ben, and hoping for the best! Dave & Lori Ritchart

Karin A Martin

2018-04-06 03:39:45

Praying for all of you!

Patricia A Vinyard

2018-04-05 16:46:06

Praying for total restoration.

Shelli Quant

2018-04-05 03:42:45

Praying for answers and healing

Anonymous

2018-04-04 16:17:35

I'm hoping you guys find some answers. You are loved!

Ally Daniels

2018-04-04 02:47:08

Praying for healing, hope and strength!

Catherine Miller

2018-04-04 00:29:47

Prayers are with you.

Katherine P Rogers

2018-04-03 23:36:54

God bless you, keep you and heal you. <3 O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2

Cindy Jones

2018-04-03 22:42:46

thoughts and prayers for you and your family

Teah Ballard

2018-04-03 16:21:23

Prayers for strength and answers

Aaron Edwards

2018-04-03 05:23:49

God bless you both and prayers for healing!

Katie Lovitt

2018-04-03 02:39:11

Love you!

Russell Blackburn

2018-04-02 21:21:08

Get well soon my friend

STACIE M EARLEY

2018-04-02 17:43:58

Praying for healing from the Great Physician!

Eileen Blough

2018-04-01 23:52:34

Praying you find answers!

Stephanie Monroe

2018-04-01 23:36:10

Love you Ben!

George Johnson

2018-04-01 23:14:15

Best wishes to you and your family

Dan ethrll

2018-04-01 14:49:03

God bless Kovac family

Alan W Christenberry

2018-04-01 14:48:25

God be with Benjamin

Lisa Edwards

2018-04-01 13:19:33

May you find the answers you need at Mayo.

SARAH N ROMNEY

2018-04-01 03:57:46

Best of luck! Sending love and well wishes.

Jessica l goodsell

2018-04-01 02:12:47

Sending you all our best.

Linda S deyarmond

2018-04-01 00:41:22

I am Don Kovacs’s daughter Linda! Hello cousin! I will keep you in my prayers, praying for a complete recovery and accurate diagnosis. Be strong. Sending

Shannon Russell

2018-03-31 14:53:43

I send my love and my positive vibes your way!

William D Nettles

2018-03-31 03:52:50

For Dave Ritchart

Cynthia Muller

2018-03-31 02:56:07

I wish I could we could do more, but will be praying for answers ❤❤

Kimberly A Youngman

2018-03-31 02:12:17

Sending love and hoping you finally get some answers.

Mary J. Waddell

2018-03-30 23:59:27

I hope you find answers soon.

Geraldine Schneider

2018-03-30 22:53:59

Oh I so hope this is finally the answer!!!! Wishing you a successful trip to the Mayo clinic, keep strong Erica!

Tina L Cartwright

2018-03-30 22:44:50

Continued prayers for healing and most of all answers. Love you guys!

Taylor Malinauskas

2018-03-30 22:40:08

Praying for you guys!

Jennifer I ryan

2018-03-30 22:27:30

Love to you and you family!

Nathan V Williams

2018-03-30 21:49:44

We love you guys and I pray that God will bless this gift to you. Nate & Stacie

Kelly Tomlinson

2018-03-30 21:32:21

Love you guys!

Update #1
April 2, 2018, 12:30 am

Thank you so very much to everyone who has so graciously donated towards our trip!  You have no idea just how much your generosity means to us!   Benjamin doesn't really understand what's going on but I fill him in on everything anyway.   I pray somewhere in there he gets it and can appreciate all your support!   The kiddos and I are blown away!  We all hugged each other  while tears streamed down our faces as we read all your messages .  For the first time, in what feels like forever,  we have hope!  Thank you for all the prayers and love!   ❤❤❤❤❤

 

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Donation was made by some of the Winton Staff and our Sunshine Committee. We are a family and we take care of our family! Wel ove you Erica!

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Prayers for your family from Ragan Equipment

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Love you Ben!

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Sending you all our best.

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