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Kossack tonyahky (Tonya) is between a rock and a hard place.

You've read about this earlier.

Aji wrote:  When Your Own Surgery Risks Hurting Your Disabled Child

Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse wrote: Paying it Forward for Tonya

Kitsap River wrote: Recovering From Abdominal Surgery

All the gritty details are in those diaries.  But what I want to convey is this.

Tonya has a fibroid tumor that is six to seven inches in diameter.  That's the size of a very large grapefruit.  It hurts like hell.  It must be removed and checked for cancer.  A hysterectomy is also necessary.

She is scheduled for surgery.  She needs this.  It is not an option.  

But she is a single parent and has four dependent children.  And one of them is severely autistic -- a sixteen year-old girl with the mental development of a toddler.  All Tonya's children need her but this girl needs special care and constant watching.

Tonya will be laid up for some time.  She'll be in the hospital for several days -- and then for some weeks, she'll be severely constrained.  No lifting.  No reaching.  No driving.  No housework.

She lives in Kentucky, Tea Party country.  Lack of social services is a given.  Because Tonya has been out of work due to this disabling illness, her surgery will be covered for her.  But not care for her children or home help with housework.

She's going to need help and that help will need to be hired.  

We are seeking to raise a total of $5000 to get Tonya's young family through this emergency.  With this, she can heal, and hopefully return to her life as a nurse, secure in the regained ability to support her children.  So far, $3815 has been raised, only $1185 to go.

Look below the fold for details on how to help.

Please help Tonya by donating in one of the following three ways:

1.  PayPal: weckworth [at] earthlink [dot] net.

2.  Personal checks can be written out to Kossack Charles CurtisStanley (Kitsap River's husband and Aji's brother). Kosmail Aji for the address and Kitsap River's phone number, should you wish to verify it.

3.  Sending money orders via the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union, because many check-cashing outlets apparently won't cash personal checks (in addition to the problem of their outrageous fees). Kossack jpmassar tells Aji that after checking rates, the USPS ones have much lower fees. Kosmail Aji for Tonya's snail-mail address.

However you donate, please include the following notation as she needs a receipt for charitable donations to maintain her ability to get the surgery:

"This is a charitable donation for the medical care of the family of Tonya Harris."

Thank you for your kindness.  It will come back to you, of that I am sure.


Originally posted to Community Fundraisers on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 09:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, Street Prophets , Kossacks helping each other, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Courtesy Kos, and Moose On The Loose.

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