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Calling All Angels to help SAVE SUE!
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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes



I donate money to charity every year. I never see it again, I don’t need it, but I don’t really ever see the impact it has. I know part of it goes to
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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  ― John Holmes

I donate money to charity every year. I never see it again, I don’t need it, but I don’t really ever see the impact it has.  I know part of it goes to pay for administrative overhead. I don’t love that part. But now, I have a chance to give directly to someone deserving and see the impact and not lose a penny to administrative overhead. I'd like to give you the same chance. 

Suzanne Ferrara, my dear, amazing friend has late stage lung cancer.  She has been at deaths door, watched it open and shut it back again.  I saw her at Thanksgiving. She had dropped to 85 lbs and had a feeding tube installed. Her spirit unbroken. Her fight as strong as ever.  Her focus on survival unwavering. She had a stroke and lost vision temporarily. But she also got in a trial for Xalkori® (crizotinib) and in just a few weeks her tumors squeezing her esophagus have SIGNIFICANTLY shrunk. She’s had the feeding tube removed, she’s back up to 110 lbs and she’s committed more than ever to surviving this aggressive cancer. 

But she’s not through it yet. She needs physical and occupational therapy for significant muscle atrophy.  She needs help paying for services her insurance won’t cover.  Her ex-husband Scott has done everything he can to help her. He’s added her to his insurance plan, which covers the $12,000/mo cost for Xalkori. He’s maxed out his FMLA sick leave to care for her and drained his life savings paying for everything insurance won’t. Now their rent is being raised beyond his ability to pay.  They need to find a 2 bed room in St. Pete and they need help with first, last and security deposits to move.  She doesn't have vision insurance and needs an eye exam and new glasses to help her adapt to the stroke damage. She also would love to take a yoga class or something to help her fight the mental battle of this disease.  She craves any chance to ride in a car with windows down and her hair blowing so she can feel alive. Stuff I take for granted every day. She doesn't ask for help, but right now I know she has no other options but to depend on the kindness of others and it’s such a privilege to know how many people have and continue to be willing to help her.  A close friend of hers has started a fundraiser to help her with the almost $4,000 she needs to right now.  

If you know me, I'm asking you to help her. $1 is enough if it’s all you can afford, if you can afford more, please know, you’re changing a life and the lives of her children who get to be with her during this stressful time without worrying about her living arrangements too. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank diary of Anne Frank  Click this link to donate. 

 

I love you for reading this and being willing to help.  100% of donations go directly to Suzanne. 

Thank you ....Dana Thomas

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