Medical bills for recent graduate

$9,240 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 52 months
My sister did something incredibly bold. As a 30 year old stay-at-home mom, Carrie went back to school to become a licensed cosmetologist. She decided to invest in herself and her future by taking out about $17,000 in educational loans.

Over her 9 months at The Paul Mitchell School, Carrie  participated in as many extra events, fashion shows, and master classes as possible to gain experience, and was moved to the second chair in the studio. This signified that she was the second highest student in her class. When she finished the program in August 2013, she had completed almost every honors program the school offered.

Just days after classes finished, Carrie was in a horrific motocross accident while hanging out with friends. She and her husband are both experienced riders, so riding with friends was something she had done many times before. The dirt bike landed on Carrie's leg, breaking it and also shattering her knee cap into about a dozen pieces. Her face and arms were also badly bruised, but ultimately she was just lucky to be alive.

The doctor said Carrie's shattered knee was the worst he had ever seen. We talked about her future career, and he said it was very realistic that she would never walk normally again, let alone stand long enough to do hair.

After a grueling surgery, the surgeon said he had done all he could by inserting a metal plate down the side of her leg, and piecing her knee back together with cadaver bones. There were no promises of what the end result would be, and she would have to work extremely hard to hopefully regain full functionality one day.

As she woke up from anesthesia and pain medicine, I told her what the doctor said. None of us wanted to upset her, but I wanted her to know the truth. Her dreams and hard work were being threatened, and I wanted her to know just how hard she would have to fight for them. She told me, weeks later, that the surgery she endured also racked up about $100,000 in medical bills after insurance. This adds on $1,000 each month in additional bills.

I am proud to say that my sister kept such a positive attitude as she recovered. She was bed-ridden for months; now she walks very well, has passed her state exams, and is a licensed cosmetologist in our great state of Florida.

She was cleared to begin working on February 14th, 2014, six months after her accident. Just 6 weeks later, she made it to the third round of interviews with an award-winning salon; it has been ranked "Best Salon" in Jacksonville and awarded "Titanium Status," which means it is in the top 1% of salons nationwide!

I am asking for your help as my talented, motivated sister begins a career that she so bravely pursued and was made for. Carrie has a special gift for making people feel like a million bucks and now, the know-how to help them look like it! She was prepared for the debt of educational loans, but starting her career with an additional $100,000 in debt is more than overwhelming - it could be crippling.

Any amount helps, and so does sharing this page with all of your friends on Facebook/Twitter/etc! Please know that whatever your contribution - whether it be monetary or by sharing - is helping to lift a huge burden. Thank you so much for your time and God bless!

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Hi everyone! I have a birthday request, and that is to have this campaign SHARED on Facebook 25 times before I turn 25 on May 27th! Thank you!!!
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Thank you all so much for your donations and shares!! We have added a new reward level - come check it out!
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In just a couple weeks, almost $8,000 has been raised for my fabulous sister and the more than $100,000 in medical bills that insurance didn't cover after her accident. We've also added a few reward levels starting at $15 thanks to Carrie's dad Bob Stockton, an author who has published three books {Listening to Ghosts, Fighting Bob, and Counting Coup: The Odyssey of Captain Tom Adams}. If you haven't donated, please consider it - every penny and every share on Facebook, etc is so appreciated!
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Carrie started her apprenticeship today at Cortello Salon! The only thing that could rain on this parade is more than $90,000 remaining that wasn't covered by insurance. If you have a minute to read her story, share this link, or even donate - THANK YOU! Every bit helps, and is so very appreciated.
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$9,240 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 52 months
Created March 29, 2014
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RL
$100
Renee LaPorte
44 months ago

Hope your recovering is going well. Give dad a tree-hugger hug from me.

$100
Bob Stockton
46 months ago

This donation is sent by check from my long time shipmate and friend Senior Chief Operations Specialist Justice M. Bigbie, USN (ret.). Thank you, Jess

$100
Bob Stockton
47 months ago

In memory of Anna Wayman Macdonough, my favorite aunt.

$25
Anonymous
48 months ago
$100
Bob Stockton
48 months ago

In memory of Helen Wayman Bodner.

ED
$30
elizabeth dilks
48 months ago

Hope this helps.

$100
Robert Stockton
49 months ago

Remembering Chief Radarman Richard "Snake" Ross, shipmate, friend, mentor, world class steamer.

KG
$30
Kaila Giovanniello
49 months ago

It isn't much, but hope it helps. :)

$100
Bob Stockton
50 months ago

In Memory of Bruce Milligan.

$100
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50 months ago
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