This morning I received an email from a reader asking me to check out how the medical system fails the patient: I checked – I was once again angry ( which as readers know can keep me upright) .
His name is Brad Anderson his story is one that is repeated over and over and over again – Brad is local to Lorain County
April 21, 2012
My name is Brad Anderson; I am 43 years old, father of 5 boys, and husband to Amy Anderson for the past 22 years. I have cirrhosis of the liver (non alcoholic) and without a liver transplant I will die!
First let me say- I’m far from perfect, in fact some would say that I am bullheaded, and extremely opinionated. All of my life I was taught to work hard, be a good Father, good Husband, good friend, make good choices, give back to those in need. I have tried my best to teach my boys the same values………
August 15th I went in for a procedure to help with the kidney stones I was getting. The doctor came to Amy with bad news; he wasn’t able to do the procedure because I either had bone marrow cancer or cirrhosis. I didn’t know it then but the day before was the end of my 22 year career at the steel mill. I spent the next few months going through many tests and in December of 2008 I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. My mom had died from the same disease in 2004, like her I was never a drinker. For the next couple of years we struggled to adjust to our new life with only about half of my income and me slowly getting sicker and sicker. Over the last year my condition has been steadily worsening. This past January my doctor told me it was time to meet with the transplant team. After all of the tests they told me that I was a perfect candidate that was until we met with financial services.
We were told that I could not be put on the list until I showed that I had $50,000 to $70,000, which was our deductible. To me that was a death sentence. I have been in the hospital all but 3 days so far this month; the nurses at my doctor’s office told Amy to call the transplant team again. They asked Amy if she had $100,000, they said that the higher amount was for any potential complications. They told her that no hospital in the nation would put me on a list without the money.
I am a proud man and it is hard for me to ask anyone for anything, especially money. But now I am begging. I don’t want to die.
I want to finish watching my boys play football and to see the youngest two graduate high school. I want to see them start their own families. Amy and I were supposed to grow old together as grandparents, sitting in the stands at our grandchildren’s games. I don’t know how to go from never missing a game to now having to miss their lives.
Please read his story and the donation information on the website
This the “supposed” greatest healthcare system in the world has a man begging for the funds to save his life…… Can you help where the healthcare system is failing him please go to his website to donate and if any of you know how to get this man the help he needs – If you are an advocate willing to fight for him and his family through the muck and mire of the “insurance” jungle please contact me Lorritch7@gmail.com and I will see the information is passed on –
April 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm
Lorain Dude- ready to roll- where is the mud?
Although I was ready with my own transportation suitable for the event , my “mudder” ( mother to you) wouldn’t let me attend the Tough Mudder event in Amherst – she said –
” No! this event is not for little boys and anyway you are the “LORAIN Dude”
So then I decided ( thanks to a little help from Nag Nog) to hold my own “Mud Event” in Lorain. Watch out! I am in training for the next one- hmmmm is there a height limit and do I have to be fully potty trained?????
So back to Lorain
I know that Nag Nog’s neighbor Kelly Sagert has been working hard with the Eden Valley Enterprises and Betty Lou Higgins .
GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER is now available in PDF format delivered right to your e-mail box or for your Kindle for only $5.99! Read about this fascinating woman’s hiking adventures on the Appalachian Trail and beyond.
This e-book is one part of our Grandma Gatewood project which includes a storytelling program (now available for bookings) and a documentary (for which we are currently seeking funds).
The storytelling program is currently scheduled to be presented at the Buckeye TrailFest later this month and at the Willoughby Library on August 6. If you would like to arrange for this or any of our programs to be presented for your group, send us an e-mail! In the meantime, keep track of our performance schedule on our website. We hope to see you at a program soon!
On April 25th Lorain City Schools is having a Friendraiser Hey!!! I have been to those kind of parties…
Citizens for Lorain Schools “friendraiser”
The Lorain City Schools is having a rigatoni dinner “friendraiser” in support of the schools. This event is sponsored by the Citizens for Lorain Schools, Chase Ritenauer, Mayor of Lorain and Ed Branham, Superintendent of Lorain City Schools.
The “friendraiser” will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Parish Hall on Wednesday April 25, 2012 with serving time from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Price for an adult ticket (anyone 13 years and older) is $10.00. The price for children, 12 years old and under, will be $6.00. For your money you will receive rigatoni and meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverage.
There will be prizes and giveaways!
For tickets, please call Bambi Dillon at 440-288-2592, after 8:00 p.m., or email her at GOSLOVAK@CENTURYTEL.NET.
Come join in the fun and help support the Lorain City Schools!!
Date:April 25, 2012 Time:4:00 pm Venue:St. Frances Cabrini Parish Hall
2143 Homewood Dr.Lorain, OH 44055 (440) 277-7266
April 29th-2012 More Italian fare and fun
Black River Historical Society Pasta Paradise VI
The Black River Historical Society will be presenting Pasta Paradise VI on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant, 301 Lakeside Ave. in Lorain.
For $18 per person you will receive a buffet of Chicken Alfredo, Pasta Bolognaise & Sausage Penne Marinara, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Coffee, Tea. One glass of wine or draft beer will also be included.
Tickets are available at the Moore House Museum, 309 West Fifth Street, Lorain or from a BRHS Trustee. Proceeds will benefit the Black River Historical Society/Moore House Museum.For more information call 440-245-2563
Venue Details – Date: April 29, 2012 Time: 3:00 pm
Venue:Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant
301 Lakeside Ave.
Lorain, OH 44052
Since eating pasta with tomato sauce can get messy I suggest you follow my lead and take a “poo bah” along with you to help you out – he was terrific in getting me cleaned up from my “mudder event” (especially when it gets in your ears) and as for my own mother she isn’t so tough- 🙂
April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am