Hilarie & Chloe
Hilarie Kronholm was pregnant with her now seven-year-old daughter Chloe when Chloe was diagnosed as having a congenital heart defect. It would require two open-heart surgeries right after her birth. Chloe would also face a number of other medical difficulties throughout her young life.
Hilarie had to drive her daughter all over the state for various treatments: to Portland for her surgeries; to Bangor for Chloe's physical therapy; to Waterville for her eye doctor. A lot of driving and expense for anyone, but especially tough on a single mom. And, while Hilarie was getting treatments for Chloe, she also had to take care of Chloe's older brother, Connor.
"At the height of our travel, with all the back and forth, we put on nearly 15,000 miles a year. Luckily, our local hospital in Greenville introduced us to Fuel the Care. I was skeptical at first because with everything else, I just really didn't want any more paperwork and forms to fill out and keep track of. Chloe was 3 months old and my son was 17 months, so just trying to chase after those two I didn't have a mind to fill out a bunch of paper work. But I learned that the Irving program didn't require any forms to be filled out. I said, 'Oh my gosh, this is so easy. No paperwork.' I'd just pick up the cards and off we'd go. You don't have to do anything except call."
"I feel like Irving has done so much for us. Fuel the Care has made things so much easier for us. It was a huge relief."