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Share the Season: Medical tests for daughter stress family

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

Last fall, the couple’s 14-year-old daughter developed a cough that wouldn’t stop.

Her parents have taken her to six doctors and three specialists. She has undergone test after test.

“Cough drops don’t work. Cough syrup doesn’t work,” her mother said. “Her medical bills keep adding up. She’s had a CT scan, thyroid test, sonogram of the gallbladder. It all keeps adding up and we are not getting ahead. We wish we knew what it was so we could deal with it.”

The girl has dizzy spells that cause vomiting and difficulty walking. She has missed 13 days of school and her grades and spirits are dropping.

The couple have three other children and are struggling to pay the bills.

“We pay $150 every month to the clinic ... but we can’t keep up,” the couple wrote on their Share the Season application.

Any help “would help get us back on track so we could deal with the coming bills for her treatments and therapy.

So far, Share the Season has raised $154,628.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org/. Or use your smartphone to scan the QR code with this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Monday. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors: Beechcraft Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Kenneth and Tammy Breeden, in memory of Kay Sprout and Dr. M. Claradine Johnson; Ruby Collins; Don and Cindy Cornette; Ronald and Judy Fiegel; Freddy’s Frozen Custard; Marsha Gerstner; James and Lori Hilts, in memory of Jim and Edla Hilts; James and Marilyn John;

Elmer and Dorothy Kellner; Leslie and Becky Langley; Stephen and Nancy Luttrell; Darlene May, in honor of Ross B. May; Richard and Margaret Mayer; Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church; Wade and Karla Reichmann; River City Ladies Club; Douglas and Pauline Sharp; Eileen Shepard; Lenore Strong; James and Mitzi Tiede; and eight anonymous donors.

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