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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
    Seattle, Washington
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    No! My sister won't go...through the system

    My nephew, DeMarco Claytor Jr. is the epitome of a real father – real man. As young father at the age of 21 he and his lady were well on their way to happiness. They purchased a new home and opened their doors to many friends and family by hosting game parties during the 2013 football season (Go Seahawks!). On February 14, 2014 we all learned the shocking news that DeMarco’s mother (seven months pregnant) suddenly died while giving birth and two lives were lost, neither the baby girl nor the mother survived. It was tragic!

    My nephew was forced to plan and execute his mother’s home going celebration that included a burial service for a seven month old baby girl. I tell you nothing could have ever prepared me for seeing a mother and her baby lying in the same casket. If that wasn’t enough my nephew took over guardianship of his little sister Jackie, who is twelve years old and has cerebral palsy. She is unable to walk, unable to speak w/her voice (she sign’s), uses a feeding tube for basic nourishment, uses diapers, has a lot of doctor and physical therapy appointments. The state does not grant enough hours for a caregiver so he can continue to work fulltime. He refused to allow his sister to go through the system. He has since lost his job and is forced to sell his home and relocate to a single level home due to proving 24 hour care to his sister, Jackie. Most of all when asked what do you need his first response is often an electric wheelchair for his sister or a much needed family vacation in the sun and one that Jackie can fully participate in. My nephew, DeMarco has the strength of a thousand men and continues to be the good stuff.
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