thE WERTHy Foundation was founded by Kelli and Lyle Werth.
Erin’s Inspiration… Erin was born in July 2000 and began having seizures when she was about 3 months old. While she continues to grow physically, developmentally she never surpassed the 4 month plateau. Erin requires continuous care, is non weight bearing, wheelchair bound and does not speak or sit up. She has a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) device and is tube fed. She has been through hundreds of tests and to this day, the only diagnosis is Epilepsy.
Erin has had numerous hospital stays which have included surgeries, many ambulance rides and even a flight for life helicopter ride when she was less than a year old. We have been lucky that our insurance has covered the majority of our bills but we know others are a lot less fortunate. Erin has been blessed by having very dedicated teachers and therapists who spend countless hours working with her to develop a method of simple communication so she can express her basic needs and wants. We have come to understand how much time and effort facilities such as Erin’s school put into therapy, teaching and adapting ideas that are designed specifically for children like Erin. For that reason we have created this foundation to assist those who are similarly impacted.