Success Stories

Keeping a Promise to Keep Her at Home

July 22, 2020
Senior Couple at Home

“Mike, honey, I don’t know where I am or how to get home.” Sitting in the parking lot of a local store, Corinne called her husband, confused. They both realized something was not right. She was able to describe her surroundings, however, and Mike was able to retrieve her. The diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s…

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91-year-old woman survives COVID

July 1, 2020

“She is titanium,” Gregory Porter says of 91-year-old mom who survived COVID. CICOA supporting nearly 300 clients believed to have had coronavirus Sidney Carmen Porter is a fighter. How else do you describe a 91-year-old woman who survives pneumonia, a broken hip and COVID-19 in the stretch of several months? “My mom is like titanium,”…

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Teen Teaches Others About Beating the Odds

June 10, 2020
Joel and His Mom

Joel was a happy, healthy baby, born full term at nearly eight pounds and thriving. But in what seemed like an instant, everything changed. Instead of thinking about what their baby may be when he grows up, they were praying he’d live to see his birthday. Joel began having seizures. At 11 months, he couldn’t swallow…

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Desperate Times Call for Creative Measures

April 7, 2020
Yes I would marry you again

When Donna Weimer couldn’t be with her husband to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary on March 21, she knew she had to get creative. So, she put on a white wedding veil, made a sign out of poster board and wrote: “Yes, I would marry you again.”  She held it up proudly outside the window…

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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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