GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Trinity Lindsey was born 10 weeks premature, addicted to cocaine. She spent the first 28 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit with 6 or 7 specialists keeping her alive.
Now, she’s 7 years old and in first grade, but not without some struggles. The addiction led to behavioral issues requiring occupational and speech therapy.
“We have caregivers coming in. There’s a lot of work behind this little girl, but worth every bit of it,” her grandmother Lorrie Lindsey said with a smile.
She has taken care of Trinity from the day she was born, as Trinity’s mother remains incarcerated.
Lorrie Lindsey credits relatives and caregivers, a community of people who’ve supported her along the way. However, much of that credit goes to Easterseals Michigan.
“They come into the home, they troubleshoot problems in the home and then they help me solve them,” Lindsey said.
Even at 7 years old, Trinity is aware of how Easterseals has made her stronger.
“With my strength and they’ve been helping me learn better,” Trinity said.
Easterseals Director Denise Durkee says the organization wants to help as many people as it can.
“If there’s a gap in the community and we can fill that or fund it we’re going to do our best to do that,” Durkee said.
One event that raises tens of thousands of dollars for the organization is the annual Over the Edge event. People raise money to rappel more than 300 feet down Plaza Towers.
Easterseals is on pace to raise more than $100,000 from the event.