My fiance’e David Vickers found out his Liver was very bad in 2011. We started out doctoring here locally to see if the Liver could be saved. He got progressively worse and the doctor in Bedford stopped treating him. One day in 2012 he woke up and couldn’t control his body movements at all, he was shaking uncontrollably. I rushed him to an Evansville hospital and they told me to take him home and make him comfortable, there was nothing more that could be done. I was devasted I couldn’t believe at 52 his life was over. I called Indianapolis IU Medical Center and told them my situation, they said to bring him up the next morning. They were able to put him on medication and get his life back to so what normal. Then in 2013 they started all the procedures to place him on the Liver Transplant list. Things were finally looking better. There are a lot of procedures he had to go through to be put on the list, which included many trips to IU. Still everything was checking out to be a good candidate. Then the last step was a colonoscopy, which he put off until last. He had his colonoscopy done Dec.23, 2013 and they called us the day after Christmas and told us he had Cancer! I had myself prepared to face the Liver Transplant, but I wasn’t ready for Cancer. Now we are making lots of trips to Indy about 2 times a week. On February 15th I woke up in the middle of the night to Dave rocking back and forth in bed talking out of his head, I tried my best to find out what was the matter. He became very violent he didn’t know who I was he kept pushing me against the wall. I called IU and they said try to get help and get him here as soon as possible. When I got him to the hospital his blood sugar was 680 which normal is 90 to 110. He had no idea what year it was or where he was basically to him it was August 9, 2009. He spent the next week in the hospital to fine out he was a severe diabetic that now needed 4 shots a day! I was now at the end of my rope, I had enough gas to get home and that was the end of my funds period. I think I posted something to that effect on my facebook page. Then I recieved a message from Mike Burkhart asking me to call him. Before I called him I remember thinking to myself why would he want to help me when he has his hands full already. But I made the call and it was one of the best things that has happened to us since we found out his liver was bad. The foundation has done more than I could have ever imagined. We now are able to go to Indy 2 and 3 times a week without worrying we will run out of gas. They were also able to help us with meals and much more. They have helped us with other organization we never knew about. Mike and Kim are both very knowledgable about hospitals, doctors and pain and suffering they have been a BLESSING from God to help us get through this hard time. I know we have a very long road ahead of us but I don’t feel so all a lone. I kept thinking to myself I thought God wouldn’t give me more than I could handle, and I knew I was pretty close. Then the Travis Burkhart Foundation came along and I feel like God has picked me up and let me know there is a way. I don’t know how I’ll thank the foundation enough.
Connie Shofner and David Vickers
Our family would like to say thank you for the generous donation. This money will go along way in helping us with Laynie’s fight against kidney disease. We are praying she gets a kidney transplant. The work your foundation does is amazing.
Thank you again! The Speicher’s
Chris, Jen,Laynie & Mattie
To the Travis Burkhart Foundation:
My Husband and I wanted to express our appreciation on the gift you sent us for our daughter’s test. Our little girl has been through a lot and it is our prayer this test will help her doctors help her. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing gift.
Thom and Brittany Ireland
My step daughter Samantha I want to thank u for the money that u donated to us to get her up to Riley Hospital so she can get her chemo treatments. I work at Anytime Fitness and Missy McDonald is my boss. I want thank u and god bless u.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE GOT THE CARDINAL vs CUBS GAME ON AUGUST 30 2014!!!!!!!!!! The Travis Burkhart Foundation are pre-selling tickets to the August 30 2014 St Louis Cardinal vs Chicago Cubs game in St Louis at Busch Stadium. Game time is 6:15 p St Louis time. Tickets are in Sections 335, 337, 339, 341 & 342 and are values at $73-$75. We are selling them for $45 each. Wow now thats a bargain—-you are saving $28-$30 per ticket. And we are in the shade this year……Whoop Whoop:):) Seats are along the first base line. We also have a few handicap seats available this year also. Tickets are limited because this is a high demand game so hurry and get yours bought…….you don’t want to be left in Daviess County when all the action will be in St Louis:):)
To purchase your tickets go to http://travisburkhartfoundation.com/ and pay with credit card (it will be like your making a donation but I will get an email with your name and address so I will keep track that way) or call Jennifer Blacketer Hadlock812-890-1486, Lyn May 812-598-0563, Doug May 812-598-0650, Mike Burkhart 812-257-4493 or Kim 812-257-4492. Call us if you have any questions:)
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If you are paying for your St Louis Cardinals/Chicago Cubs tickets online at The Travis Burkhart Foundation web site (travisburkhartfoundation.com) here are the instructions:
1) Make a payment for the amount of tickets you need multiplied by $45. The credit card tabs are in the top left hand part of your screen. It will look like your making a donation but I will know its for the game.
2) You will then fill out info such as name, address, city and state.
3) I will then get an email letting me know who donated with all their mailing info. By the amount of your payment I will know the number of tickets you are needing.
4) I will send you an email (if I have your email address) and confirm. If you want to you can send me an email to let me know you just made a payment for tickets (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5) I will drop them in the mail in early March when we receive the tickets.
I want to thank you for the donation we received from your foundation. We had been in Indianapolis with our son who has been battling cancer when my husband received a head injury resulting in emergency surgery. We were already dealing with a very difficult situation and financially we were struggling. Your donation helped us more than you could know! In that kind of situation is was hard enough to worry about my sick son, my husband who was fighting for his life because of his head injury, and my two other children. There was no way I would have been able to handle things like how I was getting the gas money to get back and forth from the hospitals or any other basic needs. So thank you very much!!