Quadriplegic Teacher could Soon Lose Caregiver

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For 28 years, Jenny Weast has inspired countless students as an award-winning cheerleading coach and geometry teacher at Oakmont High School.

She may have to give up her job, her independence and her passion in order to keep her caregiver.

"I want to work and the only way I can work is if I have the caregivers," Weast said. "I have done this my whole life and this is what I love to do."

Weast was injured in a skiing accident when she was 16. She is quadriplegic and relies on a home caregiver for everything.

"You can't get out of bed, you can't take a shower. All the personal care they do, all of that, they cook your meals, they help you with so many different things," Weast told FOX40.

Weast's caregiver is paid for by Social Security but come Dec.1, that will end. The reason - some of her expenses have gone down and she recently got a raise.

According to the Federal Government, she makes too much money to continue receiving her benefits. She has also been dropped by Medi-Cal.

"My income is too high for these different programs but it's not high enough for me to pay for the caregivers myself," Weast said. "It's going to bankrupt me."

Home care costs Weast about $3,000 a month - about three-quarters of what she brings home as a teacher.

She says she's forced to either quit her job or go part time in order to keep her caregiver, but losing her paycheck could also mean losing her house and car.

Weast is appealing the decision and trying to find an attorney to take her case.

To keep Weast in the classroom, current and former students are holding a fundraiser at the Sandwich Spot on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The store is at 1010 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.

An online fundraiser has also been set up. If you wish to donate, click here.

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