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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After a young, disabled boy lost therapy services under the Affordable Care Act, his mother decided to get creative in order to pay for her son's therapy.

Eight year old Cody, who was born without a structure that connects the two sides of the brain together called the Corpus Collosum, was adopted by his mom Lisa Denmeade in 2006. Cody has made progress with the help of therapies but those therapies have been cut since the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare was enacted. 

"Before he used to get an hour of physical therapy a week plus speech and occupational therapy. Now he gets 30 minutes a week and he's only allowed 30 weeks out of a year, where as he went every week during the year," said his mother Lisa. 

She tells us his horse riding therapy and many equipment costs are no longer covered. That's why she, her sister, and friend are making jewelry to help pay for Cody's health care needs. 

"It effects us a great deal because it's all out of pocket and a lot of parents who have special needs children can't work full time, so it's a huge struggle," Lisa said. 

In May Lisa Denmeade held a grand opening for Cody's creations. The shop is located at 650 Youngstown Poland Road in Struthers. Money made from jewelry sales will help buy a special tread mill, walker, and help pay for on going therapies Cody needs.


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