Family's caregiver now in need of help

Posted at 8:55 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 23:31:59-05

The Fleckenstein family understands what it means to struggle and overcome hardship after hardship. 

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Twenty three years ago, Naomi was paralyzed from the chest down. As a single parent with three young children, she thought her life was over. 

Patsy Fleckenstein stepped in and took her daughter and grandchildren. Her husband Victor built a deck and renovated their Dundalk home, making it handicapped accessible. 

Two years later, Naomi's brother Jason was a passenger in a car crash. He also became paralyzed from the chest down. His parents took him in too. 

Things got more difficult when Victor got sick. In 2001, he got throat cancer. He retired from Bethlem Steel after 34 years of service. He died a year a later.

After all of the years she's cared for her family, Patsy now needs a guardian angel of her own. In August, Patsy was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. 

The Fleckenstein family, who has been through so much, is now asking getting help from a stranger. Sharon Faloney heard about their struggle and is calling on the community for help. Their mobility van no longer works and they've taken out a loan to cover much needed home repairs. 

When asked what she wants for Christmas, Ms. Patsy continued to put others above herself. 

"I guess I don't have anything in particular I'd wish for," she said. "I mean I would like to get a couple more years, that way maybe I could get things a little more prepared for them."

Sharon set up a GoFundMe for the Wright family to help with the cost of repairs and a mobility van.