Sunday, June 8, 2008

We did it!

I want to thank each and every one of you who contributed to Sean's surgery and/or who passed along the information about his pending surgery and his family's financial needs.  I am so happy to be able to report that we have raised the $8,500 that his family will need to pay for his surgery and for the other expenses they will have as their 13 year old son undergoes his third open heart surgery. 

In case you missed it, Sean's story is here: Sean Masters Website  Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon one.  A family who works hard just to make ends meet is facing a financial crisis caused by a necessary medical procedure and they are uninsured or underinsured.  In this case, the Masters recently lost their state sponsored health insurance because they were making "too much money".  Ironically, just a month or so after receiving that happy news from the state, the doctors who had been trying to decide on when to schedule this necessary procedure to correct a congenital heart defect decided now is the time.  So, the Masters were being asked to come up with $5,500 in deductible and out-of-pocket medical expenses in in addition to missing work and other expenses.
This is a great example of what can happen when we come together.  A few weeks ago the Masters had no idea how they were going to pay for this.  On May 21st, we launched the appeal to see if we could help them cover some of the costs.  To our great (and happy surprise), with seven weeks to go before the surgery, we have collected all of the money necessary.  Hallelujah!

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