State of Mind

Keeping a damaged brain alive may be the greatest act of friendship.

By G.W. Miller III
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"He's a one-man army," Hardt interjects.

Curcio receives no benefits. He pays $300 per month for his own health coverage.

Last summer, Curcio and Hardt were members of the 26-person steering committee of the Pennsylvania Campaign for a Consumer Workforce Council. The campaign is pushing for a state mandate that would provide seniors and people with disabilities the ability to direct their own care in their own homes. It would also push for better wages and benefits for PCAs.

"If PCAs got benefits and a decent salary, they'd actually want to work," Curcio argues.

The steering committee delivered a proposal to the State Secretary of Labor and Industry in September. The response has not been positive.

Their constant connection has strained their relationship at times. Neither dates much, as it takes a certain personality to not be threatened by the intense bond between the two.

Their working relationship, however, is likely to end soon.

Curcio is exhausted.

"I cannot afford the stress of this anymore," he says. "I need help."

He won't leave Hardt in the hands of someone who isn't committed.

"I have to make sure he's always safe," Curcio tells me. "That's why the Consumer Workforce Council is so important."

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1. David said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:55AM

“I want to meet you more than ever. I'm very moved.”

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2. Daniel said... on Dec 13, 2008 at 10:34PM

“Thank you David! I don't know who you want to meet but both of us are on Face Book.”

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3. K. Burns said... on Dec 27, 2008 at 08:24AM

“Hello Dan, you both are very inspirational and i wish you both all the luck there is! ”

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4. Daniel said... on Dec 29, 2008 at 05:19PM

“Thanks man...Thank you for everything :) You should stop over sometime.”

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5. Me said... on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:36AM

“Why were you not receiving overtime? Is it because you were and independent or did you work for an agency? According to Pennsylvania State laws you are required to receive overtime after 40 hours, not sure what other states are but you may want to check into this. You can file a complaint with the Department of Labor. Also, Insurance is available from some home care agencies. Facts show that most PCAs do not choose the insurance and the cost is cheaper than you were paying.”


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