The Guess family lives with medical struggles that can’t be fixed by one Season for Caring campaign, including Shawn Guess’ brain tumor, Megan Guess’ common variable immune deviciency, and daughter Kylie’s asthma and juvenile arthritis. Right now, both Megan, 35, and Kylie, 10, are struggling with their illnesses, Shawn Guess, 40, says. “It’s been as good as it can be,” he says. “There are a few bumps in the road.”
One good thing is Guess says he believes that his case to get disability will soon be resolved.
Season for Caring was “an answer to our prayer for us,” he says. They were able to pay many past medical bills. “We couldn’t even dream of something that great,” he says. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to us.”
Season for Caring is the Statesman’s holiday charity program, but the donations help families throughout the year. Each year, local nonprofit agencies nominate families to the program. The 12 selected families get their needs met first, but then the agencies use extra money to help other families with basic needs such as rent, utilities, groceries, medical bills and transportation.
Since the program began in 1999, Season for Caring has raised more than $9.7 million. Last year, the greater Austin community donated $580,187 in monetary donations and $157,277 worth of in-kind goods and services.
Watch a video of the Guess family before Season for Caring, here.
Watch a video of Grisham Middle-schoolers wrapping presents for the Guess family.
On Sunday, Nov. 27, we’ll introduce you to a dozen new families. All this week you can learn how the 2015 Season for Caring families are doing.
Read all the stories and make a donation at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.