Cher urges donations for Ala. boy



NORTHPORT, Ala. — A donation from Cher helped a 16-year-old boy suffering from muscular dystrophy get vital home health care — at least for a few months. Joseph Sullivan, who can move his head and fingers but little else, was all but bedridden this summer because his 69-year-old adoptive mother is disabled from two strokes, and home health care was cut off when he lost Medicaid coverage. The Medicaid money stopped when the boy’s survivor benefits from his father’s death increased his income $13 over the agency’s $599 monthly limit.

Without Medicaid, the family couldn’t afford the $190 weekly cost of home health care to keep Joseph bathed and dressed so he could leave the house and eventually return to school.

After hearing about Joseph’s ordeal from a dentist in nearby Tuscaloosa, Cher sent $550 for two weeks of home health care, with hopes that it would inspire others to pitch in.

“I’ve worked with children’s charities for a number of years and it just sent up flags for me,” said the dentist, Dr. Tony Davis, who said he met Cher while working with the Children’s Cranial Facial Association. The pop star has been the group’s honorary spokeswoman since 1985, when her role in the movie “Mask” sparked her interest in helping children with facial deformities.

“It’s great, isn’t it? Shows there’s still some good people in this world,” said Joseph’s mom, Betty Sullivan, a big fan of Cher in the ’70s.

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