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~ A Mother's unconditional Love for her Child! ~
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~ Ellen ~ I would like to ask for your help with this family who is in need of your love and compassion. It is my hope that Karissa Fronk & her family can find additional help to aide her son in the therapy's that are needed to better his progress in life. Her story needs to be told and for her love for her son is great ~ I would love to see her featured on your show as an inspiration to a Mother's Love. Thank you for your time & consideration. Bree Ysen in Redmond OR.

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Karissa Fronk, Sisters Oregon
15 hrs · Edited
Hi all, I've been pretty quite on this site but I have been reading different threads throughout the day and some of your comments.
I just wanted to throw in my two cents. There's a program in central Oregon called Sparrow Club. My son was a sparrow for sisters high school last year and will be a sparrow next year for one last year (you are allowed one year unless your situation changes for a more life threatening condition). We, unfortunately, are not this year.
If you're not familiar with the program, it is for kids that have life threatening conditions or kids with terminal illness. The medical expenses involved are more than our system can help with, regardless of if you have federal help or not. Please consider helping us, not just financially, but cooking meals and delivering them, starting a meal train on fb for someone, getting toys that cater to the specific development delays, and emotional support. We thrive off of this generosity.
My son is 22 months old. He had the largest stroke at birth st. Charles in bend has ever seen. It destroyed 90% of the left hemisphere. Starting day 4 of life, my son had 300 breakthrough seizures A HOUR with no rescue med to help stop them. 5 months ago , at age 16 months, I made the hardest decision any parent should NEVER have to make: I had half his brain removed to stop the seizures and give my son the best chance at life. We are in 15 therapies a week. I am single mom and receive no government assistance. I work full time, take my son to therapies, and my paychecks go towards therapies that insurance doesn't take or all therapies once the benefits are maxed out.
Sadly, I'm not the only one in this situation. Our system is not set up for our medical needs children to thrive. I opted out of not working and going on welfare. For me, it was a moral choice that i had to teach my son that you can't expect handouts. You have to work for what you want in life. No excuses and no free rides. For my son to receive all the therapies and treatment he needs, it comes out to $8000 a month. That's around $96,000 a year! The debt we carry is huge, but my child's life is worth more. We are just one story.
So please consider talking with therapists in our area, outpatient rehab at st. Charles, the sparrow club in bend and other networks for medical needs kids and find out how you can help us and many other families whose heart IS in the right place, but just need a helping hand from a loving heart to help make medical ends meet.
Happy new year! Lets be the good in the world that the world needs more of!
http://vimeo.com/79237126

Sparrow for Mason F
VIMEO.COM|BY SPARROWCLUBSUSA
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BreeYsen 620 points
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Concerned Mama
Good luck Mason ! Bring about Pediatric Stroke Awarnes. Some doctors are shocked that babies can have strokes, I was shocked when my baby had one in utero. This family needs help because the earlier you can rehabilitate these stroke survivors, the better chance they have in a independent life with the most function they can get after a debilitating stroke. I hope awareness is spread, this is not a super rare occurrence! If families knew what to look for early on they may have been able to help sooner. I hope Masons family gets help soon, time is precious with strokes. Thank you Ellen.
+5 votes
Jan 3, 2015
SaraEdward 5,170 points
url & video seems good. Loved it.
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
Please help them!
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
A. Crosier
Please help this wonderful little boy and his loving mother.
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
This mom has gone above and beyond to help her child and works so hard. Please help alleviate some of the stress she is under with the financial burden for Mason's medical care along with the debt from trying to to fund all the therapies (much less take him to all of them!). This little boy has come so far!
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
Sue 260 points
I believe they travel for therapy 5 days/week.  On the days we have had snowy and icy roads, I have said a prayer for them knowing they are on the road.
anonymous
Ellen, I so hope you get to meet Mason and Karissa. They are amazing and deserve anything that can help them out. This is such an amazing story of a Mother's love. Thank you for considering them.
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
lenebf 310 points
A family deserving of anything and everything. A true Mother's love.
lenebf 310 points
Please help Mason and his family.
BreeYsen 620 points
Thank you she is very deserving! ~
Michele
Please help baby Mason. I have a healthy 4 month old daughter, but I live in Sisters where Mason lives. We are tight knit and if one of our own needs help, we're there. I hope you're able to meet him.
lenebf 310 points
Mason is the strongest little person I have ever met. He is such a love and puts up with endless therapy, which is the best thing for him, that sometimes is not fun. His smile brightens your day for sure. This little family deserves so much especially to give them a little break.
Diann
Please vote for Mason.  Karissa is a wonderfully devoted mother to her son.  He's such a sweet little boy.  ❤️
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
Peg
Please help this little guy develop!
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
Sue
Karissa is a sweet lady that I met after posting on a local swap site that I wanted to borrow some baby items for my baby grandchild's visit.  With all that she had going on in her life, Karissa took the time to get some things from her storage for me to use.  She said she wanted to help others!  In talking, she shared Mason's story and it was obvious how much she loves her son and is committed to helping him become all that he can be.  I hope, Ellen, that you will take the opportunity to meet Karissa & Mason.
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
Kaysee Hyatt
My heart goes out to you and your family. Our daughter is a Pediatric Stroke survivor as well. So we know all to well the support you need. Prayers and thoughts are all I can send you and the hope that your story gets heard and your son gets all the help he needs. I can already tell he has all the love!
+4 votes
Jan 2, 2015
Amarshall7 220 points
Wishing you the best of luck Karissa! You and little man have been dealt such a difficult hand. Mason deserves all the help he can get to live the fullest, healthiest life possible.
+4 votes
Jan 3, 2015
BreeYsen 620 points
I'm sorry I had trouble trying to upload the sparrow video of Mason but here is the link.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
BreeYsen 620 points
PLEASE VOTE FOR MASON ~  HE NEEDS OUR LOVE!  Write a message here to establish points for Mason!  ~ Thank you so much!
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
Ellen I love your show so much, I hope you get to meet little Mason .  He is an inspiration to all Pediatric stroke survivors.  People to need to know that babies have strokes too .  Mason needs help!!!  The surgies are expensive but therapy alone can cripple a family alone let alone a single mother.  Please help here.  I have a 12 year old stroke survivor and we need to get the word out there that babies have strokes too.

xoxo
Amber
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
lenebf 310 points
Babies and young people have Strokes, too. They need our help more than ever. Please vote for Mason and his family.
BreeYsen 620 points
Thank you so much !
lenebf 310 points
Karissa Fronk deserves a helping hand. She does an enormous amount to get her Son, Mason, the help he needs. Unfortunately, it is costing her huge amounts of money that she doesn't have. Karissa decided from the start that she was not going to go on welfare but rather to work hard, she works three jobs, to be an example for her Son. Please help this family so that they may rest a little from all the constant pressure building up. Thank you.
Kathryn
Karissa is one hard working lady. She deserves all the help she can get. I'm glad she's part of our community!
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
Please help this little guy and his family.  he deserves our help.
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
Very deserving, please help!
+3 votes
Jan 2, 2015
anonymous
Praying for  the national attention Ellen can bless mason with and bring an awareness to the struggles the families with children with these conditions are tasked with .   Mason is an amazing young boy that is learning with leaps and bounds on a daily basis when some professionals said it couldn't be done.  His personality is infectious. He has the most captivating smile that demands a smile in return.  He lights up the room.   Children are drawn into interacting with him.    He has achieved these milestones because he hs a mother that believed in him and has sacrificed her life to make his better.   These two deserve the help as they work hard every day -to be better every day.
+3 votes
Jan 3, 2015
lenebf 310 points
Yes, indeed. Mason's Mom, Karissa, is one of the strongest women I have ever met. Nothing stands in her way from getting Mason the help he needs. The bills are piling up but Karissa makes sure Mason gets the care he needs and deserves. Please, let's bring the attention to the very young stroke victims nationwide. Karissa could sure use a helping hand.
anonymous
Moving story.  Mom and Mason could really use some support!
+3 votes
Jan 3, 2015
makewisechoices 200 points
Thanks for sharing Mason's story.  This Mom and son need some support and help.  Let's do this!  Thanks Ellen!
+3 votes
Jan 3, 2015
anonymous
I would love for this family to be featured on the Ellen show!! -M. From Bend Oregon
+3 votes
Jan 4, 2015
awalker1991 210 points
What a tenacious little guy
+3 votes
Jan 5, 2015
anonymous
A very deserving mom and a very deserving boy. Mason's smile melts your heart. I'd love to see them receive some help for the care they need.
+2 votes
Jan 2, 2015
GretchenMarr 200 points
Good luck Karissa & Mason!!! My son also had a stroke (inutero). We try to share and spread awareness where ever we go! We will be following your story with good thoughts and prayers to you all...
+2 votes
Jan 3, 2015
Sebastian's mommy 105,120 points
#sparrowclub #ellen #help make this #kids #dream come true.
+1 vote
Apr 20, 2015
Sebastian's mommy 105,120 points
#great #warrior #wonderful mommy. Be your own voice #awareness
+1 vote
Apr 21, 2015
Sebastian's mommy 105,120 points
+1 vote
Apr 22, 2015