Kristin McQueen Suck It Cancer

$44,240 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 456 people in 32 months
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
Friends and Admirers of Kristin McQueen-

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year for you and your loved ones!

As you may have noticed the fundraising goal has been increased. It reflects the frustrating reality that Kristin's Blue Cross Blue Shield policy is out of network for Northwestern hospital and she needs another brain surgery in the new year.  The test implant Kristin had in December provided some relief from her occipital nerve pain allowing her to do what we take for granted-putting her head on a pillow without extreme pain.  Being out of network would incur a $15,000 out of network cost plus an expense of 50% of all costs beyond the deductible.  The amount is really daunting but so is the pain.  This is the first surgery Kristin has had that seems to relieve some of her pain.  

If any of your are fundraising experts or know of any that would like to help we are all ears!  Kristin is still unable to work so there are expenses like food, rent, heat, etc.

Many thanks and happy holidays!

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I am sure some of you were buoyed by the news that Kristin is working and assuming she is feeling much better. The reality is that Kristin had started working because she is running out of money. She is doing physical therapy at patients homes which requires a lot of driving. Kristin is still only able to sleep a few hours a night which really is not safe for driving. The positions do not pay enough to even cover Kristin’s rent.

I am reaching out to you to see if any of you know of work from home opportunities that do not require a lot of time on the phone. Kristin is great on a computer but phone work tends to aggravate stabby joe. Kristin is a physical therapist with many years of experience. She has a DPT. Also, as you can see from the photo Kristin needed surgery on her tendon and a joint putting her “driving foot” out of commission. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

If anyone finds themselves in a position to provide Kristin with a predictable amount of money on a regular interval that may help give her some piece of mind. I should mention she is not asking for this (Kristin would NEVER ask for something for herself, only for others) but I imagine it must be very stressful to worry about how you will pay for rent, student loans (darn doctorate), medical deductibles, food, etc. Crowd funding to pay the bills is the last think Kristin wants but sadly it is reality right now.

Thanks so much for supporting Kristin!
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It has been quite some time for an update. Kristin is continuing to try and get some help with her ongoing pain with the added issue that BCBS PPO does not cover the doctor or hospital her neurosurgeon is at. This is a tremendous set back after finding something that provides some relief during the test. If you have not had to figure out the nuances of insurance and who and what it covers, consider yourself lucky.

For those of you in the Chicagoland area there is a fundraiser on May 5th to find a cure or relief from the horrible condition that causes much of Kristin's debilitating pain.
When: 6:30 p.m. May 5
Where: Park West, 322 W. Armitage
Tickets: $60-$85

This is a link to an article about the event and another perspective about the debilitating condition.

If you find yourself in a position to support Kristin it is greatly appreciated. It has now been over 2 years since Kristin has been well enough to work.
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This message from Kristin this morning "Up and ready to head down to northwestern for last minute noggin slicing #16 at 7:30 am. This is my 8th surgery (5th noggin) in 21 months which means I’ve averaged a major surgery every 2.5 months in that time span so i’m right on schedule
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Have you been wondering about what would be the perfect holiday gift? What item would create a win:win type of situation. You have come to the right place. Betsy O'Brien has created a blog that shares Kristin's story from her original cancer diagnosis leading up to the current date. The first 3 posts have been created and can be read at In the first post you can read the story of Kristin's support of the American Cancer Society and the story of the "Irony Bag" that the perfect gift symbolizes.

Thanks to Betsy O'Brien all profits from the gift will go directly to Kristin so she can pay for "luxuries" like rent, heat, food, etc. The bag will be sent with Kristin's story which you can share with recipients. The bag can be ordered at with a minimum contribution of $40. If you want to order multiple bags feel free to reply to this email and we will find a way to facilitate it.

A photo of the bag is attached. Thanks SO much for all you do for Kristin and feel free to share this post with others looking for the perfect holiday gift.
Perfect Holiday Gift
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$44,240 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 456 people in 32 months
Created January 11, 2016
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
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