I would like to take a moment to introduce a Night Shift Supervisor that has selflessly given so much over the years, and is now fighting a life threating condition. Melissa “Boggs” Barker is an 8 year veteran dispatcher/supervisor with the Hamilton County Public Safety Communication Center located in Noblesville, IN.
Melissa was diagnosed
with Crohn’s Disease during childhood, and now at the age of 28 her
condition has become life threatening. Melissa’s mother owns a wrecker
company that has provided services for the citizens of Hamilton County
and surrounding counties as well as the communications center for
several years. The towing services are often times provided free of
charge due to the individuals lack of funds during hard times.
Melissa required surgery back in October 2013 to repair damage
caused by her Crohn’s Disease, but after the surgery her condition
worsened. Over the course of the next 10.5 months, Melissa visited her
IU Health doctors on a regular basis with no affirmative determination
for the drastic decline in her health.
In an attempt to obtain answers,
Melissa finally made the decision to visit the Mayo Clinic located in
Minnesota. After meeting with the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic,
Melissa learned that her condition was life threatening and she would
require another complicated surgery in an attempt to repair major damage
caused by the Crohn’s Disease.
The doctors explained to Melissa that
she will be hospitalized for approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Also,
over the course of the next 6 months she will need to commute back and
forth from the Mayo Clinic every 2 weeks. Melissa is currently out of
sick time, and soon will be out of short-term disability.
to her monthly household bills, Melissa and her husband will need money
to pay for hotels, fuel, food, and other expenses while visiting the
Mayo Clinic for appointments. Melissa is unable to drive due to the
medication she is taking; therefore her husband must accompany her on
While he is away from work, he is only receiving a partial
paycheck that will come to an end in the next few weeks.
Melissa struggles with this disease everyday but refuses to let
on that she is suffering from the pain. She is passionate about her job
and is making every effort to get back to work as soon as possible.
Her co-workers are trying to organize a dinner to benefit Melissa and
collecting donations to assist with her travel expenses and bills.
21563 Victory Chapel Rd
Noblesville, IN 46060
**Please when sending cards to this family, remember to mention Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 so they know where you learned about them.**