Friday, July 6, 2012
A Local Family: Lightning Strikes Three Times
Please keep the Bingham family in your prayers; visit this website to read their story, which is mind-boggling. The site also includes a donation button if you are so inclined. The family maintains a blog, where updates are posted.
This is a local family here in Baker City, Oregon; it’s a small community, so almost everyone at least knows someone who knows the Binghams. My husband has worked with Mr. Bingham, and just the other day, the little neighbor girl appeared at our door asking if we had any recyclable cans we’d be willing to donate for the cause.
Here are some excerpts from the website, which presents their situation:
…this site aims to thrust the Bingham family into public view—something they have resisted over the last six years. They have consented to this (at the request of others) only on account of the incredible circumstances they now face.
…In the summer of 2006 Jason and Stacy's oldest daughter, Sierra, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. She was six years old. In short, her heart had weakened, causing it to enlarge to the point that it could no longer function adequately to support her body's needs. Sierra was suffering congestive heart failure.
Sierra did undergo a successful heart transplant. But…
As if living through Sierra's ordeal were not bad enough, just a few short weeks ago (May 20, 2012) little Lindsey (Jason and Stacy's third child) was diagnosed with the same disease—dilated cardiomyopathy. Lindsey is eight years old. She was flown to the same hospital where Sierra was treated, and the Binghams began reliving the same nightmare they faced just six short years ago. Lindsey was placed on the transplant list June 20, 2012.
With Lindsey’s diagnosis, doctors ordered tests for the other children in the family. As a result, 3-year-old Gage was also found to have the same problem. In June, Gage was admitted to the same hospital as Lindsey.
It’s hard to imagine having this situation with one child, let alone three.