emmaEmma Hamilton (Photo courtesy Cherish Buck)OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/9/14) – Two life-long friends, along with the mother of one of the two women, are in the process of raising as much as $15,000 for cerebral palsy.

Cerebal palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions.

Emma, two-year-old daughter of Morgan Hamilton, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Emma is deaf and suffers from epilepsy, too.

Hamilton said the problem was first discovered when her daughter couldn’t hold her head up at four months old. At 11 months, she saw a neurologist for a diagnosis. Since then, she has undergone additional tests to determine the options for surgeries and possible treatments.

Cherish Buck, mother of Kendra O’Bannon, friend of Hamilton, said helping Hamilton was something she immediately offered to do.

O’Bannon’s son, Braelyn, 3, was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and Buck said the issues they faced with Braelyn were concerns they shared with Hamilton in the hopes of helping Emma manage her diagnosis much faster.

BraelynBraelyn O'Bannon (Photo courtesy Cherish Buck)In fact, Buck said, her family has opened their home to Hamilton and frequently travels as a group to doctors’ visits at Kosair’s in Louisville.

For that reason, one of the goals for the fundraising money is to purchase a larger vehicle, such as a van, that can accommodate the two children, their wheelchairs, and other necessary medical equipment.

“The biggest problem is finding a van. With two car seats and wheelchairs, there’s not enough room to take both of the babies at the same time,” Buck said. “You’re talking about double trips.”

Buck said the doctors have encouraged them to make appointments for both children for the same day.

Utilizing the site gofundme.com, Hamilton’s friend, O’Bannon, and O’Bannon’s mother, Buck, are seeking help to cover costs associated with needed surgeries, medical procedures and doctors’ visits, and physical therapy.  

Another need for Emma, Buck said, is an iPad that would allow her to access an app for physical therapy treatment.

Funds to help Braelyn are needed, Buck said, but right now the focus is on helping Hamilton and Emma, since her medical needs are imminent.

She’s expected to undergo a medical procedure as early as next week, and will spend time at Kosair’s, tentatively scheduled for April, to allow medical personnel to monitor her seizure activity in order to recommend treatment options.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.gofundme.com/loveforemma.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
1 DOW 17,776.12
-200.19 (-1.11%)    
2 S&P 2,067.89
-18.35 (-0.88%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,900.88
-46.56 (-0.94%)    
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 6059

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5538

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5242

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5189

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 4764

Man Charged with Child Abuse After Allegedly…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 24, 2015 4335

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 14155

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11695

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 30, 2015 4764

Man Charged with Child Abuse After Allegedly…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 2686

Man Charged for Selling Drugs from Red Cardinal…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 2658

Juvenile Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 30, 2015 2624

Two Charged in Bremen Meth Bust

by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
March 30, 2015 2358

Report of Suspicious Man Ends with PI, Meth…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 31, 2015 1773

Man Charged for Driving While under Influence of…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 29, 2015 1515

Huge Turnout Joins to Support Shanice Bean Family

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 1499

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 30,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 31, 2015 1178

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 1176

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office