Success Stories

346 Surgeries Later, Sean Still Follows His Passion

March 11, 2020
CICOA Client Sean Toth

For some, just one surgery can change a life forever. For Indianapolis native Sean Toth, surgeries are normal and frequent. The 51-year-old has had 346 surgeries in his life, many resulting from Type IV Hereditary Dysautonomia Neuropathy, a disease that affects his immune and central nervous systems. “Left leg, right foot below the knee, right…

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Giving It All for a Daughter With Special Needs

February 26, 2020
CICOA helps Viqtouria's family with her special needs

Chanel Bradshaw gave birth to her daughter Viqtouria when she was only 16 years old. It’s difficult to become a parent as a teenager, but Chanel quickly had to learn how to become a caregiver as well.  “Viqtouria started having seizures when she was just four months old,” Chanel said. “She’s 13 now, but she…

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Couple cherishes the good days to get through tough ones

February 19, 2020
Brehm Family Caring for Special Needs Child in Shelbyville Indiana

There are lots of good days. The days when Jeremy and Amanda Brehm take Jonah to the Indianapolis Zoo and watch as their 3-year-old presses his little hands against the glass trying to get the attention of the orangutans. It’s a good day when the family walks around the zoo, Jonah on Jeremy’s shoulders, just…

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The Car Wreck that Changed Everything

December 11, 2019
Nancy Mummert

When she was only 19 years old, Nancy Mummert lost her child, her ability to walk, and the ability to have children. Giving up, however, was not an option for her. The list of repercussions from the car wreck that changed everything was long and also included overall muscle weakness, poor balance and poor range…

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Having Nutritious Meals That Are Easy to Make Takes Away Burden for Indianapolis Woman

November 12, 2019
Easy, nutritious, delivered meals for seniors in Indianapolis

Cooking for one isn’t easy, especially when you’ve spent a lifetime sitting around a big family table passing heaping bowls of green beans, carrots and corn you’ve grown in the garden. Bessie Bell has good memories of those days, growing up the baby of ten siblings. She remembers her dad’s big garden, her mom canning…

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Parents Reflect on How CICOA Helped Their "Angel"

October 14, 2019
Long Family

Scott and Mandy Long describe August and September as “their season.” It’s an emotional time of year for them—their son Crew was born in August 2014, and passed away in September 2017. This year, like last year, they had a birthday party and a cake to celebrate his life. Crew was Scott and Mandy’s third…

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CICOA Makes Homes Safer for Seniors in Midtown

September 18, 2019
CICOA client Carleen outside her home

Carleen Carter, 70, has lived in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Indianapolis for 60 years, and she considers her involvement in the community to be one of her biggest joys. Now it’s the community’s turn to help her out. On Sept. 28, 25 volunteers will be doing home modification projects at her house as a…

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CICOA Volunteers Give Indy Woman a Safer, Tidier Home

September 11, 2019
Making home safer for seniors in Indianapolis

CICOA had a challenge on its hands. It’s the kind of challenge every nonprofit would love to have: too many volunteers. In 2018, Dan Amonett, certified aging in place specialist, was coordinating the work of more than 150 volunteers to improve safety at 20 homes in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood during CICOA’s ninth annual Safe at…

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Out of the Chaos Into the Calm

August 7, 2019
CICOA clients Jennifer and Billy

When she started as a care manager at CICOA, Mr. B was the first client on Lara’s caseload. He had yet to start any services, and Lara was fresh out of grad school, eager but naïve about the difficulties awaiting both of them. Mr. B and his wife, Jennifer, were desperate to begin respite home health…

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71-Year-Old Living Comfortably This Summer With CICOA Air Conditioner

June 11, 2019
CICOA client with mobility issues

Last year, when 71-year old Eunice’s air conditioner broke, she had to endure the rest of the hot summer with only a fan. She was thankful for the fan, stating that “every little bit helped,” but she is even more thankful that CICOA is able to provide her with a new air conditioner this year.…

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