By James Feichtner
Faith can be a powerful motivator and it certainly is for one McCordsville family in need. The Beach family has gone through a tremendous struggle over the past few months, but with the help of their parish, St. Vianney Catholic Church, and strong faith, things are looking up for the family of six.
The father, Tim Beach, is diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a condition where lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred, making it difficult for lungs to function properly. Fortunately, Tim was able to receive a double lung transplant and is now currently recovering from the surgery. But aside from his medical difficulties, Tim’s position at Eli Lilly was eliminated in April as part of a series of lay-offs within the company. With Tim being the main source of income, their only son being diagnosed with Autism and medical bills piling up, the family was facing a financial crisis.
“They are a family who had a need,” said Dodi Poynter, family friend and member of the Beach’s parish. “The husband was [very ill]and now he has a lung transplant. They don’t have the income and he can’t apply for unemployment because he can’t go out and apply for a job. And they have four children. They needed help and someone needed to help them.”
Poynter decided to take matters into her own hands to help. She knew she needed to reach out to the community, but needed a way to do it on a large scale, so Poynter looked to gofundme.com.
“They had so many different outlets to reach out to assist, but I needed a vehicle to reach out to those outlets and so in my mind I’m thinking, “How am I going to help this family with their immediate needs and how am I going to do it now?” Poynter said. “They have a mortgage, they have utilities, they have a child with Autism. This family needs help; a little bake sale is not going to do it. We need something big. With the Gofundme.com, we can reach anyone at anywhere at any time to be able to be a part of this.”
Within six days of the gofundme.com page being launched, Poynter has raised over $50,000 out of their $150,000 goal. On top of that, members of their catholic parish have volunteered their time to help the family in other ways. On May 30, volunteers gathered at the Beach residence to help with yard work and chop wood for the family’s wood burning stove.
“Everybody else hopped on board in helping support the family,” Poynter said. “There are different ministries within our parish who have come forward and have offered significant support, such as the Knights of Columbus, who organized the outdoor cleaning. It’s just members of their parish coming to assist this family that is in need. It’s taking initiation. This family needs help and they need it now.”
The Beach family is astounded by the support their friends and members of their parish have supplied.
“They are just overwhelmed by the generosity. They know they will continue to trust in God and he will provide. Never would they have ever expected this.”
The family is continuing to receive support, but face a long road ahead while Tim recovers. To learn more about the Beach family or to make a contribution to their donation page, visit http://www.gofundme.com/vjk9e4.