Financial Help

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Financial Help

Postby pamom2 » Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:50 pm

I am all set to have my transplant. My sister has went thru all the tests and is a perfect match(Thank God). We are having a problem and any advice would be appreciated. She has a good paying job and has 5 weeks of paid sick time accumulated but she will be off for 8 weeks after the surgery. She needs a certain amount of money to live and pay her bills for those 3 weeks that she won't be paid for. We contacted one organization but they start at $10,000.00 and we are far from needing that much. Does anyone know of any charity or organization that could help me? Thanks!
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Postby Pam » Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:28 am

I am happy that you are getting a transplant! With all that you and your sis will be dealing with, you surely don't need to worry about finances...ask your renal social worker if he/she knows of any charitable organizations or ways that your sis can be helped. A renal social worker should be able to at least direct you to some sources of assistance and/or support.
Take care of yourself and let us know when the date for your surgery is. My prayers are with you both!
-Pam :)
32 yr cadaver transplant recipient, now on peritoneal dialysis with the help of Audrey, my Homechoice machine... as of 4/3/09
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Postby Rachel in NY » Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:01 pm

Hi Pamom2-

Congratulations & good luck. Aside for the organizations that are already in existence, and various state/city programs - there's something else you can do. Depending on where you live, and what sort of a neighborhood you have - perhaps you can throw a party? People do that here from time to time when they are trying to raise money. You can print up flyers and posters.. plaster your story all over the place, try to get coverege in the news - in local papers. Perhaps a charity bb-q - where everyone comes and pays for a plate. You can maybe get local area stores to donate things you'll need for it. It takes alot of organizing - but people are very generous, and you CAN raise some money that way.

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