Locals raising money for miracle Eagle girl
August 6, 2010
EAGLE, Colorado – Kendra Creek and her family are still not complaining.
Kendra grew up here. Bacterial meningitis tried to kill her but she won’t let it. To win the fight she lost her hands and feet to amputation.
Her dad, Michael Creek, has multiple sclerosis and cannot work. Her brother, Joseph, was struck by a local ambulance three years ago. He died instantly.
Her mom, Angela, has not left Kendra’s side since the ordeal started May 1. She’s one of the managers at Office Depot.
And yet they do not complain, they do not blame.
“I feel blessed. I honestly do. We still have her and that’s the important thing,” Michael says.
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Kendra was visiting relatives in Indiana when the disease attacked.
Kendra, the 22-year old Eagle resident, was moved to a rehab hospital in Indiana where she’s learning to live with whatever is next. She sits in the summer sun, resting during breaks in her brutal daily regimen.
Kendra’s rehabilitation is three and a half hours of physical therapy daily, and another three and a half hours on a kidney dialysis machine.
When bacterial meningitis attacks, the blood rushes to the vital organs in a fight or flight response to keep them alive, and away from arms and legs. Kendra’s extremities turned black. They were dying without blood. Doctors could not save them and 28 days later started amputating – her right arm just below the elbow, her left hand, and both legs just below the knee.
Diane Dike’s local organization, Second Chance for Saving Grace, gave them an RV to live in. Dike now needs another RV to do her own work.
Dike and her group are helping the Creek family with a series of fundraisers through August. Kendra’s prosthetic hands and feet will cost more than $100,000 and Medicaid won’t cover it.
Every Sunday this month, Second Chance with Saving Grace is running the Helping Hands Extravaganza at the Eagle County fairgrounds, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dike was 23 years old when she heard the same diagnosis, bacterial meningitis, and faced the same mountain of heartbreak. Miracles found Dike and although she’s in a wheelchair, she was spared amputation.
On Sundays through August, they’ll wash cars, bake and sell cakes, give massages, hold raffles and anything else they can think of to raise some cash.
Kendra is already making sure the efforts, theirs and hers, are worth it.
“She’s a very independent person. She won’t let this overcome her; she’ll overcome this,” Michael said.