I’m not one to solicit funds from people. So when I do, take it seriously.
This is one of those times – and it’s not for me. It’s for a friend, whose husband has been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Luckily, they caught it early and it can be treated and maintained, giving them years together instead of months. But requires medications that will cost the family $7500 a month. They do not have prescription coverage with their insurance, so the meds will have to be paid out of pocket. To make matters more interesting, he’s not allowed to go back to the job he’s been working, so needs to find new employment.
To sum up – cancer, expensive meds, no job.
Did I mention he once served our country and that they just celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary the same week he was diagnosed? And that they have three little girls together, plus he’s a great stepdad to her teen?
Yes, I’m going for the heart strings. And this is why. In all the time I’ve known B. (the wife), she has always – ALWAYS – talked about how much she loves her husband. How wonderful he is. How she misses him when he’s gone, and thrilled when he returns. She always states how lucky she is to have found such a wonderful man, who loves her so much. She truly adores and appreciates her husband, which is a little rare in our world, where man-bashing is so common and expected.
As if all this wasn’t impressive enough to me – when people found out that the medication would be expensive and not covered, they offered to donate money, do fundraisers, something. The only thing B. asked for was that we promote the business she has built on her own, with her husband’s support. She designs home-sew patterns (because she’s one of those fabulously crafty people.) They’re looking into options like grants and assistance for the meds, but that won’t cover other expenses while they look for jobs. Yet they aren’t looking for hand-outs. Just a little help.
So if you sew, or know someone who sews, send them to these sites – Birdiful Stitches and Lille Skapet – where they can find patterns for girls clothes or e-readers/iPad covers, and even camera accessories.
And if there’s nothing you want to buy – that’s okay. Just say a little prayer for them. That will be appreciated as well.