Pension a ‘massive win’ for Sampson couple affected by Alzheimer’s

Farrell and Karyn Maxwell.                                    Picture: Matt Jelonek   d455896
Farrell and Karyn Maxwell.                                    Picture: Matt Jelonek d455896

IN 2010, Karyn Maxwell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 52.

She is in permanent care and her husband, Armadale firefighter Farrell Maxwell , has had to work two jobs, spend their savings and sell his car to pay for her treatment.

Mrs Maxwell was refused a disability pension but the Department of Human Resources reviewed its decision after being approached by Comment News.

The department has granted her a disability payment and will backdate it to March when the application was lodged.

People had already raised $40,000 – about the amount for one year’s care – through a GoFundMe page.

Mr Maxwell said his wife could not do anything for herself.

“She can barely talk and she relies totally on help,” he said.

“It is a massive win.”

Mr Maxwell said the $40,000 donated to the GoFundMe page would be put to good use.

“There are ongoing medical costs and we have spent all our savings; I had to sell my car,” he said.

Mr Maxwell’s former station manager at Maddington Fire Station Peter Sutton initially started the GoFundMe page.

The page attracted almost $40,000 in the first 19 days.

Mr Maxwell said he was humbled by the community support.

“Strangers, people from overseas and people that we have never met have donated,” he said.

“It’s been pretty overwhelming for me. It has been an emotional time seeing the amount of love and support there.

“I am working as hard as I can and I am going backwards.”

Mr Maxwell (54) had worked with the Maddington Fire Station and Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade. He is now at Armadale.

The Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade gave $5000, the Maddington Fire and Rescue Service chipped in with $1200 and several others have donated $1000.