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.
She quit a steady government job in 2007 and headed to South Dakota, where she planned to use her business administration degree in what she hoped would be a dream job.
But after just 10 days on the job, the business collapsed, and she returned to Wichita in a U-Haul.
With her old job filled, she began cleaning houses and taking home health care jobs. She sent out as many as 100 resumes a week but was unable to find a full-time job.
And when she was diagnosed with skin cancer last year, she was without health insurance. Now she needs $5,000 to pay for the surgery that she says will save her life.
"I am what they call the working poor — the uninsured working poor," she said. "I work really hard, but I can't seem get ahead."
She said she has applied for programs that offer medical help for those without insurance, but the waiting lists are too long. She said the cancer will spread if it's not taken care of quickly.
"I probably should have had this done months ago," she said.
She just turned 46, she said, and never expected to find herself asking for help.
"I've got to tell you, this is really playing havoc with my pride," she said. "I'm not used to being in this kind of position."
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.
To apply for help: download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67202. For more information, call 316-263-2769.