Kristin McQueen Suck It Cancer

$43,590 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 447 people in 29 months
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
 CHICAGO, IL
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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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.
LAUGH YOUR FACE OFF!
When: 6:30 p.m. May 5
Where: Park West, 322 W. Armitage
Tickets: $60-$85
Info: laughyourfaceoff.org

This is a link to an article about the event and another perspective about the debilitating condition. https://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/amy-and-pat-tomasulo-proving-laughter-and-love-really-can-be-the-best-medicine/

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 http://www.pen-and-hand.com/pearl-diver-blog/2017/3/31/the-long-run 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 https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=5915b02c44024311d8f8364b 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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For those of you that do not receive Kristin's updates today is her "11 year anniversary" with Stabby Joe. She is not yet having any relief from the 24/7 pain that she hoped the surgery would provide. The pain has actually seemed to have spiked but the doctor indicated that it can take time to get some relief.

Kristin is approaching 2 years without working and as you might imagine funds are VERY tight. She met with a pain doctor to help her see if there is a regimen of medication that can help reduce her pain to a manageable level so Kristin can get back to work and back to life. Kristin is concerned about her ability to pay her rent, etc and still her wish for the day is for all her followers to do something to help someone else-but that is Kristin.

If you find you have the ability to make a contribution to help Kristin it would be truly appreciated!
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$43,590 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 447 people in 29 months
Created January 11, 2016
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
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