AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF) – The Lydia project provides support to men, women and children during their period of medical treatment and healing. During the coronavirus pandemic, they never closed their doors.
âNot a day. The Lydia project has been open every day since January. We have never closed, âsaid Executive Director Michele Canchola.
One of the ways the Lydia Project provides support is by offering accommodation in the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House or an Airbnb when the facility is full. This year alone, the Lydia project provided a combined total of 1,620 overnight stays.
âIt is mainly characterized by a severe pain attack. I have been going back and forth to the hospital since I was two years old. The surgeries, so many procedures, the blood transfusions. It’s tough, âAlderman said.
Before discovering The Lydia Project, Liz and her mother drove the five-hour drive from their home in Valdosta to her meetings in Augusta.
âIt was tough because the commute is so tough and most of the time I ended up in the hospital because of it,â Alderman said. âBeing so close, it’s a 30-minute drive instead of a five-hour drive. It’s a big upgrade from where we started.
Liz’s mother says the Lydia Project not only supported her daughter, but she also received a support system.
âAs a parent this place is a gift from God because anyone who has someone who is in pain needs a support team,â said Charnissa Stucky.
Many family members and spouses stay with their loved ones during treatment.
âIt’s good to have someone who is there with you,â Stucky said. âEven though you are the support team, you also need someone with you because it gets difficult sometimes when there is a lot of stuff you need. But here the volunteers are awesome.