Chariti Rayner, now 12, has had medical problems since she was 6 years old. It was then she was diagnosed with Developmental Delay, which means she was not meeting developmental milestones such as rolling over, grasping objects, sitting up or responding to noises or smiles.
At age 2, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and was placed on medications to help control seizures. She sometimes has five to 10 mini-seizures per day and in some cases they get so bad she has to go to UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. At age 3, she was unable to walk like other children her own age and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Chariti was able to attend preschool and when she started public school she had trouble adjusting to the sitting. Her condition requires a worker to come and help her. She has many medications and also requires diapers, bibs, wheelchairs and special educational supplies.
Medicaid pays for doctor’s appointments and some of the medications, but doesn’t pay for diapers and bibs. She is also a gluten-free diet because her body can’t tolerate what most people can eat.
The family is in serious need of a handicap-accessible vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair. Currently, they do not have such a vehicle, making it difficult for the family to transport her back and forth to appointments. Medicaid will not pay for a vehicle and the family doesn’t have the means of buying one.
So Chariti and her family are asking for help in order to get one with the help of a golf tournament, Love for Chariti Golf Tournament which will take place on Saturday, Oct 29, at Timberlake Country Club.
The format is four-person team superball tournament with a 10 a.m. start. The family is asking for donations, sponsorships or team registrations. There are five sponsorships: gold, silver, bronze, platinum and titanium. The format of the tournament will be superball with a four-person team, which will be assigned a hole with a 10 a.m. tee time.
Chariti’s mom Shaletia Rayner said her family can’t get services because they don’t qualify. There are other children and adults facing similar situations.
“Chariti is a very bright and special young lady. She is a fighter and doesn’t let anything get her down. She keeps on going,” noted Rayner. “We are asking for your help.”
James “Bonecrusher” Smith will be one of the guests at the tournament and there will be music and food.
“We are asking our community to come out to show your support,” Rayner noted. “We are in need of prayers, volunteers, sponsorships and donations.”
For more information contact PGA professional John Lloyd at 919-262-6406, Shaletia Rayner at 910-590-2317 or Timberlake Country Club.
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected]