Medical issues hamper couple’s finances

12/16/2011 5:00 AM

12/16/2011 6:48 AM

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.

After undergoing four major surgeries in the last year and a half, this woman, 36, is in financial need. Her husband, 34, also has been on medical leave from his job because of health issues.

Stomach issues have plagued her for the last two years. “It’s going to be an ongoing situation for the rest of my life,” she said. “There are a lot of complications.”

She has to make payments on her home and car to avoid repossession.

“It’s been hard staying above water, that’s for sure,” she said. “But you have to do the best you can do with what you’ve got, and we don’t have much.”

She has a 7-year-old daughter.

“I’ve given her the best life I can with the resources I have,” she said.

She is asking for help with house or car payments. Her family is several months behind on bills. The car has only about $1,000 remaining until it is paid off.

“I just want to build up more stability for our family in the time that we can,” she said. “It’s going to take a big miracle for that to happen – all I can do is pray.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $174,525. Donors include: Jerry and Jan Aaron; William and Lisa Bowman; Chuck and Linda Burnett; Kevin and Phyllis Campbell; David Clark; Paul and Sandra Cook; Patricia Couger; Dorth & Virginia Coombs Fund; Jessie and Barbara Finney; Robin Foley; Carl and Pamala Hanna; Justin and Cammy Healy; James House; Alfred and Joan Jaax; Richard and Janet Johnson; Daniel and Noreen Kerschen; Jamie Lane; Bill and Debby Lucas; Gregg and Lynn Marshall; Mike McCandless; Donald and Pattie McCullough; R. Keith and Ilene Miers, in honor of Dave Miers, Dee Fox, Charlie Fox, Lisa Klock and Jeff Klock; Gilbert and Sharon Nye; Polka Lovers Klub of America, Kansas Chapter; Thomas and Kathleen Pott; Gary and JoAnn Pottorff; Alicia Ratliff; Jacob Reed; Edna Richardson; Daniel and Catherine Riedl; James Riley; Gregory and Cynthia Schlitter; Helen Scott, in memory of Lloyd Scott; David and Laura Shriner; Howard and Judy Sieler, in memory of Betty Sieler; Sims Enterprises – Jack and Pam Sims; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Adult Sunday School; Woody and Barbara Swain; Joe and Sheila Tigert; Bradley and Joann Tuzicka; Rosemarie Vogel; N. Brent and Mary Jane Wooten; Doug and Jenine Wright; and 10 anonymous donations, including one in memory of Janet Edminster and another in honor of Ruth Margret.

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

Donations also can be made through PayPal online at www.wichitacf.org. Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous. For more information, call 316-264-4880.

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