Raised to date to help this family:
This is Lyla.
Lyla is three years old and lives in Waterbury, Connecticut.
She has an older brother and an older sister. Her mama works full time in the hotel industry and her father is a stay-at-home-dad, taking care of the littles.
Lyla’s grandma contacted us on June 10th—the moment she found out that Lyla tested positive with a blood lead level of 54 micrograms per deciliter. Fifty-four.
Historical research shows us that the natural level of lead (as measured in pre-industrial humans) was about 0.016 micrograms per deciliter. A BLL of 1.6 is 100 times that. A BLL of 16 is 1000 times that, a BLL of 54 is more than 3,000 times this—3,000 times natural level; 3,000 times of a substance well documented and known for centuries to be a potent neurotoxin – even at trace levels.
In 2014 this should not be happening, but it is – and this little girl and her family need help!
Even at very low blood lead levels (as low as 2.0 and lower), early childhood lead poisoning has been shown to cause learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, immune system deficiencies and life-long health challenges. The longer a child is exposed and the higher their blood lead level is, the greater the likelihood is that the damage will be permanent. The younger a child is the greater the potential for brain damage caused by lead exposure, brain damage caused by the quickly developing brain of a young child absorbing lead in place of calcium.
There is no safe level of lead in a child’s blood, and it takes just a microscopic amount of lead to poison a child. (watch here)
Lyla’s Grandma describes the family’s landlord as a “slumlord” and they need help getting the whole family to a safe place so that Lyla can recover.
Rent in their area of Connecticut is about $1,000 a month for a place like the one they live in (a poorly maintained rental unit with extensive lead paint hazards, a home not safe for a child to live in)—and at least $1,500 a month for a “safe” place – that is either newer construction or at least has been remodeled and free of lead hazards.
Update: Today, Saturday 6/14 Lyla has been hospitalized. They are doing chelation in the hospital. Doctors have said they are planning on releasing her on Sunday – and the family has nowhere to go that is safe.
We would like to help Lyla’s family raise enough for 3 months’ rent and a security deposit (and at minimum, first/last and deposit) – to help them move out of the home immediately (so she go to a safe place upon being released from the hospital.) Lyla’s family has not been able to find any public program in their area with available funds for relocating a family in this situation.
First Month: $1,500
Last Month: $1,500
Security Deposit: $1,500
Extra Month: $1,500.
Total needed to raise to help Lyla and her family: $6,000. [Three months in a temporary new place, will give them time to get a handle on their child’s medical situation and look for a new, safe, permanent residence in their price-range.]
Since they are renters, their only need right now is for help with immediate relocation if possible. If you have questions please post them as a comment to this post and either Lyla’s grandmother, Diane, or I will answer them for you.
Please help us help this family move by making a tax-deductible contribution today. Clicking this LINK here automatically adds Lyla’s name to the donation so that we know your gift is designated to help this particular family. Any donation will help, no donation is too small, so whatever you can give would be terrific – $5, $10, $100 – it all adds up.
We will use the funds raised to locate and secure a place for Lyla and her family. Per Lead Safe America policy, any money we raise will be paid directly to the landlord / manager of the new rental unit. If we raise more than our goal we will either increase the amount of support for this family or use the funds for another family in need of emergency help.
Lead Safe America Foundation
$ raised to help Lyla’s family so far: $1,140
Thursday, July 3rd – 1 pm
Thank you for helping!
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