Rachel McCoige Part 2
N2 TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2002 Illness Nurse's visits provide time to meet family's other needs. FromNI tirely. "We will do everything we possibly possibly can for this wonderful family," he said. When healthy, Rachel spends most of her time laughing and smiling, smiling, at home and in her preschool class atTri-County atTri-County atTri-County Opportunity School in Noblesville. School is followed by 16 hours of intravenous feeding. A nurse visits three times a week David McCoige says he and his wile, Rhonda, just want "to take good care of Rachel Rachel and make her as happy as she can be." L i - if'" when Rhonda runs errands and spends time with younger son Joseph, Joseph, who will be 3 in April. Expenses for Rachel's care continue continue to mount. A hospital bed to replace the chair she's outgrown, a car seat and a wheelchair, totaling 812,000, are on order. Metro1 While Rhonda McCoige has stayed at Rachel's bedside the last three weeks, friends and family have rallied to help with preparations preparations for the fund-raising fund-raising fund-raising dinner. Neighbor Debbie Hall and Beth Lyons, David McCoige's co-worker co-worker co-worker at F.C. Tucker, have gathered auction auction items. F.C. Tucker employee Brad Donaldson will perform as lead singer with a sLx-piece sLx-piece sLx-piece band named the Classifieds. Sharon Krauter, David McCoige's personal trainer at The Workout Centre in Carmel, plans to run in this year's Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Mini-Marathon Mini-Marathon to benefit Rachel. "I have a 3-year-old 3-year-old 3-year-old 3-year-old 3-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism, and my North heart was broken. Then I meet this family, and I was totally inspired," she said. , But Rhonda McCoige sees herself first as a parent, rather than an inspiration. inspiration. "When you have a child, you do whatever you have to do, making sure you're there when you need to be," she said. Still, sometimes things are tough. Then we tell ourselves this minute minute will be over in 60 seconds, and then we'll get on to the next one," David McCoige said. "We never asked, Why us?' or wondered if anything was our fault. It's just our job to take good care of Rachel and make her as happy as she can be."