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A Caregiver Story: Sinking under bills

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For 22 years, Tony, 66, has struggled with Parkinson’s disease while his wife, Edna, 62, has been his primary caregiver. In addition, for most of those years, Edna had worked full-time, but three years ago, Tony’s ailment became so severe that he needed full-time care. Edna stepped in to provide it by reducing her paid work to part-time. However, this meant the couple’s income dropped precipitously, and since then, paying bills has often been a struggle.

Over the holidays, the couple found themselves in a hole with multiple utility bills, and The Kathi Koll Foundation came to their aid, paying their phone, cable, electric, and water bills while also providing a Target gift card to bring some light and hope back into their lives.

“It was really helpful,” Edna said. “I was very grateful. Especially around the holidays, it was perfect. It was a true Christmas gift.”

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