From Dolores, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Send Hunger Packing
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
The Cost of Raising a Malnourished Child in Colorado
Peggy and her husband Matt have full custody of their five-year old great grandson, Julian. They took Julian into their home when he was just 18 months old, and Matt was 78. According to Peggy, Julian “is little and he has always had to come out swinging.” He was malnourished and had tumors in his throat when he came to live with Peggy and Matt, so the doctors removed Julian’s tonsils and he started eating more food. When he finally reached 23 pounds, his doctor’s office threw him a party!
Peggy said, “When we took [Julian] on, we had a little bit of a nest egg, and we thought we could handle it. We should’ve gone for help right away. We had some medical stuff come up and we were running Julian to a specialist in Durango, so that money dried up real quick.” Peggy had to start working as a bus driver again to support their new household member, and they had to get a newer, more reliable vehicle for the harsh winter months in Dolores. She knew they needed help, so they enrolled Julian in the backpack program at his school. This program is a huge help to their family, and it is helping Julian thrive. Peggy and Matt, who Julian calls “Papa,” are “real tickled” with Julian. And Julian is happy too. He said, “I know I have a first dad, but Papa will be my last dad.”