When Dakota Nelson married his wife, Ream, he expected to spend the rest of his life feeling happy and fulfilled with the woman he loved. Ream was a smart, beautiful, caring woman and the were madly in love and happy to be building their lives together. Their marriage was more than what Dakota and Ream could have ever imagined and they were blessed with seven amazing children.
“It is hard to accurately describe in words what it is like to have found my beautiful wife, whom I have fallen in love with and grown closer to in our 17 years of marriage on the floor, eyes open and unresponsive with our three-year-old standing over her. Having our children witness this is unthinkable.” The heartbroken father explained. Doctors said she had lacked oxygen to her brain for more than 20 minutes. She was in a coma for weeks before she passed away in September.
Suddenly, Dakota was left devastated and alone to raise his 7 children, between the ages of 1-16. He had no idea how he was going to make ends meet. In addition, Dakota and Ream do not have access to health care because they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. At the same time, their earnings are not enough to afford health insurance. The pain and responsibility that weighed on Dakota’s shoulder are unimaginable. While still in the process of grieving and healing from the untimely death of his beloved wife, Dakota has to juggle 3 part-time jobs to keep his family going.
Of course, spending Christmas without their beloved wife and mother would never be as warm nor as happy as it used to be, but certainly, the total of $10,000 he and his children received is enough to guarantee that the Nelson family will have something nice to celebrate this Christmas.