Family members of anti-illegal immigration activist Kathy Inman are asking for donations to cover costs for her care and help keep her living at home for as long as possible.
Inman’s sister, Leigh Kelley, created the GoFundMe campaign, “Help Kathy Stay At Home,” to raise money vital to keeping Inman at home and avoid having to go into a nursing home. Inman is in need of care around-the-clock, the costs of which adds up fairly quickly, Kelley told the Tribune.
“I am trying to keep her at home for as long as I can,” Kelley said. “If we have to put her in a nursing home, she would shut down, I feel like.”
Inman has needed care since she and her family were in a car wreck on Father’s Day weekend in 2000, when a man officials identified as Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez drove into the Inmans’ car at a traffic light in Ellijay. Their 16-year-old son Dustin was killed in the crash, while Kathy Inman and her husband Billy were hospitalized. After being treated for his injuries, Harrell-Gonzalez, who was in the United States illegally, fled to Mexico. The Inmans’ case against him was complicated due to the fact that Mexico does not extradite its citizens for vehicular manslaughter, and since the wreck, the Inmans became strong advocates against illegal immigration. Billy Inman helped take care of his wife until he died as the result of a heart attack in June 2019.
Kelley said her sister’s need for 24/7 care has escalated over the past decade, with the cost of this care running around $2,000 per week. While Inman does receive disability payments that help cover things like food, Kelley said, there is still a gap between the payments and the overall cost of care.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the campaign has raised $2,650 out of its $8,000 goal.