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Share the Season: Medical bills, chance of surgery are tough breaks for grieving couple

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:32 p.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.

In the last 3 1/2 years, this husband and wife, 62 and 59, have faced several hardships.

Medical bills began piling up after the husband discovered he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He hopes it will clear up in a matter of months, but surgery may be on the horizon.

“It has limited me to what I can do,” said the Wichita school custodian, “but I keep on having to go to work.”

The two are also recovering from the deaths of several close family members, including their daughter.

“It was a real heartbreak,” the husband said.

The family is requesting help with bills, which the husband said would remove a huge burden.

“Receiving a gift would relieve a great deal of stress and financial burden,” the family said in their application to Share the Season, “and would be a blessing from someone who cares.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $179,634.

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.

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

Among recent donors: Barbara Allen; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Mrs. Marni Stevens; Kevin and Phyllis Campbell; Clark and Sharon Bastian Donor Advised Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Jan Duhnke; Steven and Janet Hamous; Martha Hartwell, in memory of Chuck Hartwell; Robert and Laurie Ireland; Robert and Sandra Kitchen;

J.E. and Dorothy McArthur; Randy Nicholson, in memory of Lee, Evelyn and Gregory Nicholson; Helen Nicoli; Maria Novak; Colt and Julie Oberle; Joyce Oster, in honor of Gene and Steve Dillard, Janet and Greg Wright, Pam Ammar, Becky Wold, Pam Winter, and Jill Docking; Sarah Ottaway; Doris Prahl, in memory of Robert E. Prahl; Jim Quick;

Nancy Robinson; Pamela Roney, in honor of my grandchildren; Donna and Marshall Schirer; Deborah Schumaker; Keith and Aldine Sprunger; Beverly Steiner; Ruthanne Timm, in memory of Ron Kelley; Terri Vanwey, in memory of Les Longhauser; Cody and Robin Wray; anonymous, in memory of Glen E. Davis; and 15 other anonymous donors.

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