That’s Mary Anne on the left. She’s a good friend of mine. She is an artist, an educator and a carer for her Mother. And she has cancer of the thyroid.
Despite the financial burden she has medical insurance but the world being what it is, the insurance company is refusing to pay for her cancer treatment because she has a history of thyroid problems, even though one doesn’t beget the other. As a result, and despite paying thousands over the years for medical insurance, she needed to find $16,400 as a deposit to have the vital surgery.
Her consultant raged at this, and the insurance company’s attitude and is performing the surgery himself next week. There are good people in the system.
However, the real problem isn’t really the surgery, crazy as it sounds. It’s the oncology after care, to ensure it doesn’t come back. It’s also the time. If she doesn’t get the surgery and attendant care there is real risk the cancer will spread and what is treatable right now, may become less and less so.
So, yep, this is a hand out plea. Mary Anne is not someone who asks for help, and she has lived on the bread line to afford health care and look after her equally poorly Mom for years. So we, her friends are asking, because we don’t see why she should suffer needlessly, especially when fate has dealt her such a cruel hand.
So. If you could give something, and I mean anything. The cost of a morning coffee maybe, you would be doing a beautiful person a great service, and making what is mostly a shitty world a better place.
If you can, please visit - https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/36d2/helpmaryannekickcancerpart2
If you want something for your money, and I don’t blame you, it’s a cutthroat world as I’ve just explained, hold your dough but follow the campaign because next month there will be a special auction to raise money and you can get your hands on limited edition prints, artworks and all types of other wonderful things. It’s being organised by among others Amelia, her friend on the right of the picture at the top.
Like the page on FB - https://www.facebook.com/HelpMaryAnneKickCancer
Follow on Twitter - https://twitter.com/marykixcancer
It’s a great cause, and friends such as illustrator David Litchfield and photographer Mark Wooldridge have supplied items you can buy at the auction.
I am readying something unique that will be sold with proceeds going to Mary Anne but sadly it won’t be ready in time for the auction.
You, we, shouldn’t have to pay. The insurance company should. But they aren’t. And the consequences of that bullshit are too hard to think about and not act upon.
Thanks for reading.