We have created this page to help some of the families that we serve. If you would like to donate directly to a family, please click on the donate button at the bottom of this page. As you check out, please make a note of which child you would like for the money to go to. You may also mail cash or a check to Jonathan’s Ark at the address below with a note in the memo section to let us know which child you would like the money to go to. Please be aware that any money donated to a specific family will go directly to that family, and Jonathan’s Ark will have no oversight as to how the family chooses to use the money. All money given to our general fund has direct oversight by Jonathan’s Ark and is paid directly to the companies in which the families owe the money. All of the stories on this page have been verified as legitimate by Jonathan’s Ark.
Sarah Grayce Hess
On July 26th 2013, Graylin and Beverly Hess found out they were pregnant with not one miracle but two. At 25 weeks and 4 days, Beverly was rushed to the operating room to have an emergency C-section due to preeclampsia. At 12:07 pm December 19th, Lukas Dex was born weighing 1lb 3oz, and at 12:08 pm Sarah Grayce was born weighing 1lb 8 oz. From this moment on, Graylin and Beverly would begin to experience the toughest emotional roller coaster they’d ever been on. On December 22, 2013, Lukas gaind his angel wings due to such prematurity and Sarah Grayce had a pulmonary hemorrhage that would begin her struggle with her lungs. Since being in the NNICU Sarah Grayce has been through pneumonia twice and heart surgery to close her PDA Valve that was causing fluid on her lungs. At this point and time, Sarah Grayce is stable and acting like a 3 month old baby and has the attention of every nurse that walks by her.
However, she has Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) also known as Chronic Lung Disease, and this makes her struggle to breathe. Sarah Grayce is still on a lot of oxygen support which is what is keeping her in the NNICU. Recently, the family was told that the doctor would like to transfer her to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) where she will have her own room. This is a step in the right direction but a tough step financially for their family. Up until now, both parents have been able to continue their jobs. However, with the move to the PICU, someone will have to be with Sarah Grayce at all times. The doctor has said that Sarah Grayce may be in the hospital for the whole first year of her life. We believe that she will heal faster with the daily care from her family. We are asking for help for the Hess family to be able to raise at least $3,000 in order to pay the bills for the next several months that Beverly’s check normally covers.
Alex was born on January 26, 2011 with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (the cilia in his lungs doesn’t function correctly) and Kartegener’s Syndrome (his organs in his abdominal and chest cavity were the mirror image of where they should have been). He also struggles with asthma. He recently had surgery on his intestines because of issues from the Kartegener’s Syndrome and also had to have oral surgery because of damage from asthma medicines.
He has also recently had a knot show up on his head and needs an MRI to find out what it is. So far, Alex has not been able to have the MRI because of respiratory illness and stomach issues. The family lives in Alma and has to make frequent trips to Savannah, Atlanta, and Augusta for doctor visits. His mom is not able to work because of having to care for Alex and his two brothers. They need help with gas to get to his doctor appointments and with monthly bills.
Shawn was diagnosed with T-cell ALL (Leukemia) in August 2012. He is now undergoing treatments to defeat this horrible disease. He has a little sister, Makayla, that also needs our prayers as the family tries to keep some sort of normalcy for her life also. Praise the Lord that Shawn is NED (no evidence of disease) right now! However, his mom is not able to work because of frequent doctor visits for chemo treatments and check ups. You can follow Shawn’s progress on his Facebook page by clicking on the following link: Prayers and Support for Shawn.
Jackson Sumner is the 2 year old son of Mac and Brandi Sumner and little brother of Savannah and Dakota Sumner. Jackson was born June 22,
2010 with a rare genetic condition called Larsen’s Syndrome. Jackson is completely tube fed and trach and ventilator dependent. He has had six surgeries in his short two years, with many more to come. His most major surgery so far was a cervical spinal fusion. It was to stabilize his c-spine and relieve pressure on his spinal cord. Please keep Jackson in your prayers that he will continue to be stable through all of his surgeries and procedures. Also please pray for strength for his family.
Logan Varnadoe and his family need your help. Logan was born with only 1/3 of his brain. His condition is so rare that the FDA will not allow Medicare or insurance to assist his parents in paying for any treatment outside of the state of Georgia. In addition to medical bills, Logan’s family needs help with regular monthly bills. April, his mother, is unable to work because of Logan’s condition.
Alexis was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on 3/25/13. Praise the Lord because she has NED (no evidence of disease) now! However, the titanium knee replacement that she has is not bending like it should. She has to go to therapy every day of the week to try to get her knee to work properly. Her mom is not able to work because of the daily therapy appointments. You can follow her story on Facebook at Healing for Alexis.
Laydon was born 1/30/14. When she was born, she was having trouble breathing. She now has a trach and is ventilator dependent. Doctors think that her condition will improve, but until then, this family needs your help with expenses and through your prayers.
Jacob was born on 2/11/12 with TOF, a congenital heart disease. He has been having trouble with pressure building up in his lungs and his parents are not sure what the next step in his treatment will be.