Carrie Rausch is 108 years old. She has two children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They describe her as being in better health than people even two decades her junior, but fear the next challenge she'll face will effect her health.
If the family is not able to raise enough money, Rausch will have to move from the assisted living facility where she has resided for the past three years and enter a home that accepts Medicaid.
“Moving her to a more medically-oriented facility would be traumatic and I think she’d end up becoming a lady who lays in bed all day,” her daughter, Susan Hatfield told PEOPLE. “She’s been a loving and happy person her whole life and she deserves to keep living that way.”
The 67-year-old and her brother have done all they can to help their mother, but do not have enough money left. Now they have turned to GoFundMe to try to raise the $40,000 necessary to keep Rausch in her home.
"We need a miracle," Hatfield shared.
For the past few years Rausch has been paying for the home with money from the sale of her house, but that can no longer cover the expenses.
Her daughter says, to put it bluntly, "we never knew she’d live to 108.”
They are hoping her good health and faith will help them all get through this new chapter. Hatfield is not going to give up.
“I was adopted and I feel that she and my father gave me the gift, of a life full of love” she explained emotionally. “My life could’ve been a lot different without that and I would like to give back to her.”
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