17
Dec
09

Help a family in need

I became aware of a family in need today when one of our church members sent out an email. I have changed the names for privacy because I don’t have permission to put this out for the world to see.  I cannot imagine this situation. Tara and I have decided we are going to do something to help this family out. I hope you will too.

 “Sam and Jane” and their two children live near Salisbury, MD.  The children are 12 and 10.   About 7 years ago their son, the 12-year-old, was diagnosed with cancer and had to have chemotherapy, his right hand was amputated and last year he had cancer on his tongue and the doctors had to remove 1/3 of his tongue.  They have long since reached the maximum lifetime medical benefits of $1,000,000.00 and as a result they have to get insurance for him through the government.  The only way to get that medical insurance is if they don’t make over a certain amount of money, as a result of all this, the mother had to quit her job, initially to be the primary caregiver to the child, and also because if she works then their son will not have any medical insurance.  It is a terrible Catch 22. They have tried to make the best of the situation and she is homeschooling the children.  The salary that “Sam” makes is budgeted to the penny for all their bills.  They don’t have any extra money for anything.  Last week we found out that they are really having a hard time right now.  “Sam” called a friend last week asking for help.  He had gotten a deer but didn’t have the money to take it to the butcher but he said they really needed the food.  So, two friends helped him butcher it so they wouldn’t be without food.  Just in the past few months they have had their heat pump go bad, the dryer died, their stove only has 1 burner that works and he had to get tires on his truck so that he could make it to work.  As a result of the chemotherapy that the 12-year-old had, his baby teeth have never fallen out so his teeth are coming in all crooked.  They have to have 11 teeth pulled at $100.00 per tooth.  The insurance will not cover any of that, nor will it cover any portion of the braces that he needs.  They said last weekend they had $22.00 left over after they paid their bills and they got $10.00 in food and $12.00 in gas so he could get to work.  They have to take the 12-year-old to Johns Hopkins a few days after Christmas for a checkup and they don’t have the money for gas and parking for that.  The list just goes on and on.  They have had to declare bankruptcy and are 3 months behind in their mortgage payments. These are good people who have had a rough time the last 7 years as a result of all the medical issues with their son.  This could happen to any of us.  It would be a huge blessing if anyone could help this family out.  I don’t know if there is a dentist out there that may be willing to donate their services or a portion of their services towards the braces and other dental care the 12-year-old needs.   It would be wonderful if anyone else would be able to help them out by monetary donations or gift cards for gas, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, anything at all.  If anyone can help them out they can mail their gifts to…

If you or your organization wants to help, call me at 443-523-5099 or click the link on the top right of the screen to email me.

If everyone that reads this blog even sent $10, or a $10 gift card, that would be a HUGE help for this family

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