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Thom Allen Fund
$5,220 raised
52% of $10k goal
33 contributors
129 Days running

Hi, my name is Clay Ratliff.  I want to tell you about my friend Thom Allen.

Thom and I have been friends since the fourth grade.  That is one of the things about Thom.  Once you have met him, you are his friend for life. 

Thom is fifty-three going on fifteen.  He never married or had any children.  I have never met a nicer, gentler or more selfless person.  It would seem his entire purpose for being on this planet is to make others laugh and smile.  But sometimes really bad things happen to really good people.

Thom has been diagnosed with small cell carcinoma that has metastasized in his brain.  In early April he went to work one morning.  His coworkers noticed he was struggling with speaking and his balance.  Forty-eight hours later they were removing a tumor from his brain and survival became the most important day to day goal.

While he was in the hospital, his employer for the past fifteen years paid him his earned vacation days.  But when the vacation days ran out after two weeks, they gave him a small bonus and terminated him.  He was still in the hospital recovering but left without income or company-sponsored insurance.

We have been able to get him on a Cobra policy, but his medical bills are mounting, this policy is very expensive, and doesn't meet the needs of someone in his position or condition.  We have applied for social security disability, but even in the best case scenario, it will be October 2019 before they will send him his first check.  Any coverage we can obtain from Medicaid will end as soon as he begins to receive disability, so we must maintain the Cobra each month to make sure he is still insured after the Medicaid ends.  Thom won't ask anyone for their help.  So I am doing it for him.

We have opened an account at BBVA Compass in Thom's name.  Any monies received are deposited in that account.  The funds will only be used for his medical and direct needs.  I will have the bank account information available for review at all times to anyone who is considering contributing and would like to review them.

Donations can be processed through this fundrazr page or can be mailed directly to me if you prefer.  Please make any checks to Thom Allen Fund and send to the following:

Thom Allen Fund

5010 Kee Brook Dr.

Arlington, TX 76017

I have spoken with several people and businesses who will match a portion of the funds raised.  If you or your business would be willing to participate please contact me at 817-584-7879.

Please share this campaign.  No contribution is too small and every penny is appreciated.  Thank you.

 

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