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$70 raised
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4 Years running
If you have ever lost everything you had worked for, you would understand how devastating such a tragedy can be. My friend Rick had a house fire and he lost everything…literally. He lost all of his household furnishings, most of his clothes, his beloved

If you have ever lost everything you had worked for, you would understand how devastating such a tragedy can be. My friend Rick (45 years old) had a house fire and lost everything…literally, including all of his household furnishings, most of his clothes, his beloved cats and his life partner.  .

Soon after the fire, Rick was diagnosed with diabetic retinal detachments.  The Department of Human Services helped him pay for the surgeries in both eyes to have this corrected.  Shortly after that, he had to have more surgeries for cataracts.  He now has Stage IV kidney failure and may soon need to begin dialysis.

I've seen Rick fall several times. He also gets "stuck" when trying to walk, and must have help before he can take another step. Luckily another friend loaned him a wheelchair to help him maneuver better. Rick has tremendous outstanding hospital bills, but since he is unable to work, he is completely strapped financially. His medications are expensive as well, and there have been times when he has had to count on the kindness of friends to help him buy his medications. The medicines that he has to take are for diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. These medications are crucial to Rick's every day existence, and are necessary to keep him alive. Rick was lucky enough to have a friend who has allowed him to move into his residence until Rick’s health improves and he is able to manage on his own.

Rick does not like to ask for help, but he has been a good friend to so many others. Some of those friends are trying to help him by asking for donations to help him pay for his medications and daily requirements of life such as food, clothing and a safe home. Rick doesn’t want sympathy. He just needs a little help right now, so if you can help by sending a donation, however small, Rick will be eternally grateful and has promised that when he is back on his feet, he will “pay it forward”. Please help if you can. If you aren’t able to send money, please remember Rick in your prayers. Faith is such a powerful tool.

Update:  1/17/17

Rick has been in and out of the emergency room multiple times since my original post.  One minute he will feel pretty good, but the next minute he will be extremely weak, nautious, and very shaky.  He has had to start monitoring his blood pressure, as well as his blood sugar levels daily.  I can only pray that these extra measures that he now has to take will somehow make a positive difference in his condition. 

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