Help Olympian Family - Debi & Jamie

$7,260 of $10k goal

Raised by 192 people in 27 months
Debi Thomas  RICHLANDS, VA



This cause has been developed as an emergency fund for Dr. Debi Thomas, her fiancé, Jamie Looney, and their family to restore financial stability after severe sudden financial losses over the past couple of years associated with a combination of financially crippling life challenges. This assistance will help cover expenses while they complete their promising projects currently in the works.

Planned projects include:

"Coal Country - A Diamond in the Rough" – by Jamie Looney; cause for socioeconomic rehabilitation of the coal mining communities of the Appalachian mountain regions. 

 "Can We Go Nowhere Any Faster?" – Reality TV show which will first be introduced as an online YouTube channel program and later be produced for television once the funds become available.

“Can We Go Nowhere Any Faster?” show inspired merchandise.
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Update 18
Posted by Debra Thomas
12 months ago
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We were so honored to hear from Ty Best who has proven that Karatbars is the solution to financial freedom and the wealth to dream to do things so big that they cannot be accomplished in one lifetime. He actually said, "Debi Thomas is bigger than Karatbars", and he wants to be one of the first to get my collector card. Jamie also had him rolling laughing as he told him the story of asking me out, but not knowing who I was. It's not easy to be with a visionary, but he's doing his best, so please lay off with the negative comments because these people simply don't know what they are talking about because they believe everything they see and hear from the mainstream media. Life is more complex than most believe, and you can't know the truth unless you take the time to seek it.
Debi Thomas Sport Collector Karatbar backside
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Update 17
Posted by Debra Thomas
12 months ago
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We want to again thank our supporters who are smart enough to see through clever media editing and spin. I'd like our supporters to know that your donations have been helpful as we work on our projects and vision. Our purpose was to share our story to help others, but it was distorted and does not portray reality. We have been in contact with so many wonderful people who see our vision and want to work with us. We are now working with the most successful Karatbars affiliates who will help us be successful so that we may ultimately do what is needed for our community by creating the Appalachian Wellness Institute and various tourism projects. This is already being done by others so why not us? Jamie has inspired me by overcoming so many obstacles, and he has inspired others who have contacted him. We have a publisher interested in my book, "It's Better to Look Stupid than BE Stupid" and people can be notified of its release by going to this page: orthodeb.wix.com/question-authority. Lastly, my Karatbars sport collector card will be available very soon. People have no idea the lack of freedom we have and Karatbars is part of the answer. People want to call me crazy yet almost half the country believes Donald Trump is going to save them. Lol! I've learned my lesson to not let the mainstream media tell our story. I apologize to Jamie for the emotional harm it has caused him. He's the love of my life, and our future is bright no matter what people believe.
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Update 16
Posted by Debra Thomas
13 months ago
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We again want to thank our supporters. It has been almost a year since our "story" was aired on the reality TV show that I am not allowed to name by contract. Our story was told in a distorted way unfortunately, so many people still do not understand the purpose. Jamie and I had hoped that by telling our story we could help the many many people who don't have the courage to come forward and seek help for their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. There are actually solutions, but they are not on the radar or accessible to those who need solutions. We are trying to use our experience and research to do world changing work, as we are living in a society where the wealth distribution gap continues to widen and the masses of people seem to believe that we must keep doing things that don't work to solve big problems.

Unfortunately, world changing work doesn't pay... yet, but it will when millions of people finally wake up and realize their individual power instead of arguing over which politician will save them. I've just finished writing my first book "It's Better to Look Stupid than BE Stupid", and we are working to getting an Internet radio program going. Unfortunately, it is very challenging getting controversial information and the truth heard. There's too much money in keeping people sick, unhealthy, and uninformed. My talents go way beyond fixing some hips and knees, and Jamie is my inspiration because he has had to overcome so much. He has managed to keep things going while we piece together this dream to help people transform their lives to a life of wellness and purpose. Because of the negative and clearly uninformed comments posted here, I had stopped posting updates here and was going to remove the campaign. I had kept it open for a positive discussion about how to get involved with our plans for solutions, but many people took it in a whole different direction. I am happier with my life and my purpose than I've ever been. There are many highly intelligent and credible scholars out there who see things our way, so we know we're not alone. We hope that our supporters will take the time to get more involved and listen to our ideas.
If you follow the money you'll understand why our system is broken. We have the power and opportunity to solve our problems if we take off our blinders.
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Update 15
Posted by Debra Thomas
16 months ago
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I hope you watched the video on what it feels like living with borderline personality disorder (bpd). What is almost as hard is loving sommeone with bpd. Now that I understand it, I can see why so many things went wrong. Jamie is in crisis now and needs help. He needs a SPECT scan of his brain which is not covered by insurance and costs $3200 that we don't have. I've spent years researching to find the diagnosis and the best treatment available. What I learned is that millions of people likely suffer from this disorder and go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or if they get diagnosed either have no qualifed therapists to treat it in their area or can't afford the most effective treatment. We've reached out to a therapist who likely has the most effective treatment program in the world, and we want to work with her and learn how to bring a similar program to our area and perhaps to other parts of the country. I am trying to scour the hundreds of inquiries since the Iyanla show aired and reach out to those who want to help us chronicle our efforts to find solutions to big problems. Debra Meehl is on board to do a documentary if we can find someone to do it and the money to fund it. You can listen to her talk about her program in this video. Unfortunately, Iyanla Vansant was not out to help us. She did not tell the real story. Her agenda was to break me and Jamie up not fix our life. We had dreams to do big things and have been working on this vision and recovery for a couple of years. People don't understand how TV editing can make things look very different from reality. I trusted Iyanla, but Jamie and I have had to fix our own life together. You can't fix anything if you don't have the right diagnosis. This is a big problem. I am certain that domestic violence is a product of undiagnosed untreated bpd. There are solutions, but someone has to take the lead to design these programs, make them readily available, and make them affordable. God chose me and Jamie for the job. Please watch Debra Meehl's video of hope. God loves the broken, so don't persecute the broken anymore.
Debra Meehl on effective bpd treatment.
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Sa Wi
19 months ago

I get that you make less as a surgeon than you would on the lecture circuit. That said, as a hospital administrator, I don't know any physicians in the U.S. who aren't able to make a more-than-comfortable living. What I don't understand is why you as a surgeon (and a specialist no less) are unable or unwilling to work any longer and are asking others to fund your endeavors. What am I missing?

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Lynne Scott
18 months ago

I avoided reading any of this. What I DID read was Debi's bio. She went to STANFORD. Regular folks can't get into this university. She have a very high I Q. She holds a degree in engineering , went to medical school and then to a fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute. She was an orthopedic surgeon. And, oh yes. a Black olympic ice skater that inspired me and encouraged my Black students to dream. Wow, that's quite a resume. There is nothing you can say that will make me believe that DEBI THOMAS can't pull herself out of whatever quagmire she finds herself! She doesn't earn very much as an ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON? Try being a TEACHER! NO to go fund me and HELL NO to a reality show. She could TEACH, she could be an ENGINEER, she could be a SPECIALIST.. a boutique doctor as it were, she could be a SPORTS DOCTOR TO THE STARS, she could be a LECTURER... no Debi., I AIN'T BUYIN IT.. and I have the softest heart in town! My students are considered to be educable/ retarded. Do you know what that means? They have a very low IQ and can be trained in a skill. THEY have problems and yet THEY WORK. No tears for Debi. By the way, the hissy fit she threw at the Olympics? She was a kid and under a lot of pressure. For that, I give her a pass. They can forgive the way Jimmy Connors behaved all those years. I guess the skating world needs to hear a big mia culpa. I really truly want to see this woman succeed in her life.

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Laura A Davenport
17 months ago

Everyone has struggles, highs and lows. We all, including you, sometimes need to suck it up and use the skills your God gave you and let you develop. Suck it up and get a job. ER doc comes to mind.

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Dona Friggy
17 months ago

You were an inspiration to all girls of color when you excelled in ice skating, attended Stanford, then Med school. Me? I worked my way through school and became a nurse. I have 2 kids in college and 1 in middle school who I am trying to save money for. Sorry, but I cannot imagine funding an Engineer AND Surgeon while you wait for your Reality show money to come in. If others want to contribute, that's fine - but I find this GoFund Me account offensive. It's best for people who have NO resources and are down on their luck. You have lots of resources at your finger tips. I'm sure you can work more hours, get a loan, or get another job to help your family. Isn't that better than asking free money from others? I'm a nurse and make a fraction of what a doctor makes. I'm sure you can work this crisis out, you've proven yourself before and now is not the time to quit.

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Tom Banaski
17 months ago

I am all for helping just about anyone, but the issue I have with this is you have a CHOICE: you are CHOOSING not to be a doctor in a hospital but rather have a private practice. That's fine--I know a couple doctors myself, and know they took YEARS to a private practice and good reputation. Unfortunately, you are CHOOSING to do so when insurance companies and payments to doctors are both in a state of flux, but again, that was your CHOICE. You could CHOOSE to go back to being a resident at a hospital and make enough money to fund whatever you want--but you CHOOSE not to. Do you notice the common thread in my paragraph above? You have CHOSEN the financial situation you are in--and could CHOOSE a path out of it quite easily. There are many, MANY people without choices such as yours, people who really need our help and who wouldn't choose but rather jump at any opportunity to get out of the rut they find themselves in, for whatever reason. Since you have CHOSEN the predicament you are in, I can only say good luck but I will focus my efforts elsewhere.

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Julia Robinson
17 months ago

Who did you help when you were on the mountain top?

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Lynnette Long Workman
17 months ago

Unreal. Im ALL for a do-over's, but dear, you've been afforded more opportunities than any average individual. This is begging. I'm a disabled mom and grandma and I WOULDN'T EVEN BEG FOR MONEY. Booooo. I'll accept my SSDI that I PAID INTO FOR YEARS AND YEARS OF WORKING AND MY EARLY RETIREMENT. I CAN'T believe people are GIVING you cash. I would rather see this money go to help an aspiring person wanting to GO TO medical school, or an orphanage of children, or disabled vets. Anyway. Good luck!

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Ralph Gallucio
17 months ago

Many people have stopped being an employee to start a business. When it fails, they go back to working for someone else. Debbie hasn't lost her license or is being sued for malpractice. She isn't blaming addiction. Something is very strange. It appears that publicity & a possible reality show stint is more attractive than practicing medicine.

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Lundy Notes
16 months ago

I too fail to understand why you can't practice medicine or do medical research or medical technology to earn money like normal Americans. You've had far more opportunities and are more educated than most, yet you choose NOT to use your talents and instead ask for a handout. Your finances appears to be an able body, not disabled. Why can't he work. It seems that you've chosen to take advantage of your recent entry back into the media to solicit money to pay for your CHOSEN lifestyle. I have a lifestyle too that I'd love for someone else to pay for but that would be tacky. So on your and your husband's behalf, I will give the next homeless person I see today $10. You should remove this account and return money to your donors.

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Kathy Richter
17 months ago

Give me a break. You are an educated woman with the means to make an excellent living. Crying poverty with a loaf of bread under each arm. So many others that are truely needing a roof over their heads and food for their children. You disgust me!!

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Cal Cobb
17 months ago

really? your goal of 10 thousand dollars is more than half a years bring home pay for me. Work harder... begging doesn't suit an olympic medalist

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Patti Sauro
17 months ago

Did you all notice she's being interviewed on Oprah's OWN Network? Hey Debi, ask HER for money!

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Marla Bullard
17 months ago

Let's see, you are healthy with a Stanford education and a licensed medical doctor and you are asking for money to help you because you lost your nest egg. Well, I have multiple sclerosis and also lost my job in international sales. I walk at a very slow and wobbly pace. I, too, have no nest egg. There is now a stem cell therapy that could help me but the price would be about $25K which I don't have. If I could walk I would work doing whatever I could to raise that money, even if it meant working at McDonald's or WalMart. Luckily, I have a husband who is proud and works. I do what I can to make his life easier. Maybe I should make a video of me walking and falling and post it here and beg for money? What do you think?

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Jeff Claterbaugh
17 months ago

I get the fact that people don't want to give you a handout, but why the need for nasty comments while doing so? While I am not inclined to send money which I don't have.. I am also not inclined to kick a human being while they are down!

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Dori Thorpe
16 months ago

Some of the comments are really heartless. It's heartbreaking to see Debi Thomas in this way. I don't think she's lazy or not hardworking, we all know her history. You don't just become an Olympian (or a surgeon) overnight! There is something else at play here. Something mental/ emotional. I don't know, but she lost it somewhere along the way. Many of us are a paycheck, an accident, a broken marriage away from disaster. So while you may not want to give, have a little human compassion. I can't offer money, but I can offer prayers. Because that's what's really needed in this situation.

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John Shuey
17 months ago

Debbie, you were my surgeon and did a fantastic job. Your compassion for me before, during and after my surgery was fantastic. I am still in Champaign, Illinois and in the book. Patch Adams lives here now too and is trying to build a free hospital in the Appalachians. Please contact me. Thanks, John Shuey

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William Brooks
16 months ago

I see alot of perfect people. If you dont want to donate then don't. Why rude comments? Remember karma can turn around and screw u in the tail. I hope none of you ever need help.

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Laquanda Davis
16 months ago

Ok??? Something is seriously not sounding right. She has too many qualifications to be in a financial shit hole. Could it be that maybe she had a mental breakdown, gained an addiction or just feels that the world owes her for many accomplishments! Whatever it may be, I pray that God brings her out of her private hell and lead her in a much needed Salvation!!

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Breanna Murphy
17 months ago

GET A JOB YOU LAZY ASSED IDIOT.... YAH RIGHT GIVE YOU MY HARD EARNED MONEY... GOOD LUCK LAZY FUCK

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Meghan Jones
17 months ago

You can't imagine how much you inspired me so many years ago. You brought me great joy and I've never forgotten your golden moments as an Olympic athlete. It is an honor and a privilege to help you now. You are a champion - forever and always. May God bless you as you move forward into the light. We love you!

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$7,260 of $10k goal

Raised by 192 people in 27 months
Created December 30, 2014
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Anonymous
1 month ago
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Pat Murray
7 months ago

Debi ... I wish I could do more, but as we all know, everyone has life struggles and this is all I can do. It all counts. You and your family are in my prayers and I hope you achieve your destination.

$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
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Sirkera Roberson
10 months ago

I wish that it was more. It may not be a lot, but it is what I have. I am still trying to get where I want to be, and I have had to face a lot of challenges as well. There are times that I wonder if God has forgotten me, but I have to remember that all of my days were ordained before they came to be. God has a plan for my life and God has a wonderful plan for your life as well. I can't wait to see the outcome (for both of us)!! Best wishes !!!

$100
Fareedah Nuri
10 months ago

God Bless you & Jamie. Debi, I always sensed that you had a greater job to do than being an Olympic Medalist & a Doctor. YOU GO GIRL!

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Lee Burrows
10 months ago

Best of luck to you!

JD
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James Dazouloute
11 months ago
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People can be so cruel Online, and quickly detach themselves from their Humanity. And when there is mental breakdown in a person, it's easy to say get on with your life, until we ourselves fall into that hole because of a divorce, or the loss of a child, or losing everything financially etc... But remember, life is cyclical, and we will have our turn. I myself, wish Debi Thomas a quick successful resolution working with her life coach to her situation .

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Anonymous
11 months ago
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Elliot Morris
11 months ago
Sa Wi
19 months ago

I get that you make less as a surgeon than you would on the lecture circuit. That said, as a hospital administrator, I don't know any physicians in the U.S. who aren't able to make a more-than-comfortable living. What I don't understand is why you as a surgeon (and a specialist no less) are unable or unwilling to work any longer and are asking others to fund your endeavors. What am I missing?

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Lynne Scott
18 months ago

I avoided reading any of this. What I DID read was Debi's bio. She went to STANFORD. Regular folks can't get into this university. She have a very high I Q. She holds a degree in engineering , went to medical school and then to a fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute. She was an orthopedic surgeon. And, oh yes. a Black olympic ice skater that inspired me and encouraged my Black students to dream. Wow, that's quite a resume. There is nothing you can say that will make me believe that DEBI THOMAS can't pull herself out of whatever quagmire she finds herself! She doesn't earn very much as an ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON? Try being a TEACHER! NO to go fund me and HELL NO to a reality show. She could TEACH, she could be an ENGINEER, she could be a SPECIALIST.. a boutique doctor as it were, she could be a SPORTS DOCTOR TO THE STARS, she could be a LECTURER... no Debi., I AIN'T BUYIN IT.. and I have the softest heart in town! My students are considered to be educable/ retarded. Do you know what that means? They have a very low IQ and can be trained in a skill. THEY have problems and yet THEY WORK. No tears for Debi. By the way, the hissy fit she threw at the Olympics? She was a kid and under a lot of pressure. For that, I give her a pass. They can forgive the way Jimmy Connors behaved all those years. I guess the skating world needs to hear a big mia culpa. I really truly want to see this woman succeed in her life.

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Laura A Davenport
17 months ago

Everyone has struggles, highs and lows. We all, including you, sometimes need to suck it up and use the skills your God gave you and let you develop. Suck it up and get a job. ER doc comes to mind.

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Dona Friggy
17 months ago

You were an inspiration to all girls of color when you excelled in ice skating, attended Stanford, then Med school. Me? I worked my way through school and became a nurse. I have 2 kids in college and 1 in middle school who I am trying to save money for. Sorry, but I cannot imagine funding an Engineer AND Surgeon while you wait for your Reality show money to come in. If others want to contribute, that's fine - but I find this GoFund Me account offensive. It's best for people who have NO resources and are down on their luck. You have lots of resources at your finger tips. I'm sure you can work more hours, get a loan, or get another job to help your family. Isn't that better than asking free money from others? I'm a nurse and make a fraction of what a doctor makes. I'm sure you can work this crisis out, you've proven yourself before and now is not the time to quit.

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Tom Banaski
17 months ago

I am all for helping just about anyone, but the issue I have with this is you have a CHOICE: you are CHOOSING not to be a doctor in a hospital but rather have a private practice. That's fine--I know a couple doctors myself, and know they took YEARS to a private practice and good reputation. Unfortunately, you are CHOOSING to do so when insurance companies and payments to doctors are both in a state of flux, but again, that was your CHOICE. You could CHOOSE to go back to being a resident at a hospital and make enough money to fund whatever you want--but you CHOOSE not to. Do you notice the common thread in my paragraph above? You have CHOSEN the financial situation you are in--and could CHOOSE a path out of it quite easily. There are many, MANY people without choices such as yours, people who really need our help and who wouldn't choose but rather jump at any opportunity to get out of the rut they find themselves in, for whatever reason. Since you have CHOSEN the predicament you are in, I can only say good luck but I will focus my efforts elsewhere.

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Julia Robinson
17 months ago

Who did you help when you were on the mountain top?

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Lynnette Long Workman
17 months ago

Unreal. Im ALL for a do-over's, but dear, you've been afforded more opportunities than any average individual. This is begging. I'm a disabled mom and grandma and I WOULDN'T EVEN BEG FOR MONEY. Booooo. I'll accept my SSDI that I PAID INTO FOR YEARS AND YEARS OF WORKING AND MY EARLY RETIREMENT. I CAN'T believe people are GIVING you cash. I would rather see this money go to help an aspiring person wanting to GO TO medical school, or an orphanage of children, or disabled vets. Anyway. Good luck!

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Ralph Gallucio
17 months ago

Many people have stopped being an employee to start a business. When it fails, they go back to working for someone else. Debbie hasn't lost her license or is being sued for malpractice. She isn't blaming addiction. Something is very strange. It appears that publicity & a possible reality show stint is more attractive than practicing medicine.

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Lundy Notes
16 months ago

I too fail to understand why you can't practice medicine or do medical research or medical technology to earn money like normal Americans. You've had far more opportunities and are more educated than most, yet you choose NOT to use your talents and instead ask for a handout. Your finances appears to be an able body, not disabled. Why can't he work. It seems that you've chosen to take advantage of your recent entry back into the media to solicit money to pay for your CHOSEN lifestyle. I have a lifestyle too that I'd love for someone else to pay for but that would be tacky. So on your and your husband's behalf, I will give the next homeless person I see today $10. You should remove this account and return money to your donors.

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Kathy Richter
17 months ago

Give me a break. You are an educated woman with the means to make an excellent living. Crying poverty with a loaf of bread under each arm. So many others that are truely needing a roof over their heads and food for their children. You disgust me!!

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Cal Cobb
17 months ago

really? your goal of 10 thousand dollars is more than half a years bring home pay for me. Work harder... begging doesn't suit an olympic medalist

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Patti Sauro
17 months ago

Did you all notice she's being interviewed on Oprah's OWN Network? Hey Debi, ask HER for money!

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Marla Bullard
17 months ago

Let's see, you are healthy with a Stanford education and a licensed medical doctor and you are asking for money to help you because you lost your nest egg. Well, I have multiple sclerosis and also lost my job in international sales. I walk at a very slow and wobbly pace. I, too, have no nest egg. There is now a stem cell therapy that could help me but the price would be about $25K which I don't have. If I could walk I would work doing whatever I could to raise that money, even if it meant working at McDonald's or WalMart. Luckily, I have a husband who is proud and works. I do what I can to make his life easier. Maybe I should make a video of me walking and falling and post it here and beg for money? What do you think?

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Jeff Claterbaugh
17 months ago

I get the fact that people don't want to give you a handout, but why the need for nasty comments while doing so? While I am not inclined to send money which I don't have.. I am also not inclined to kick a human being while they are down!

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Dori Thorpe
16 months ago

Some of the comments are really heartless. It's heartbreaking to see Debi Thomas in this way. I don't think she's lazy or not hardworking, we all know her history. You don't just become an Olympian (or a surgeon) overnight! There is something else at play here. Something mental/ emotional. I don't know, but she lost it somewhere along the way. Many of us are a paycheck, an accident, a broken marriage away from disaster. So while you may not want to give, have a little human compassion. I can't offer money, but I can offer prayers. Because that's what's really needed in this situation.

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John Shuey
17 months ago

Debbie, you were my surgeon and did a fantastic job. Your compassion for me before, during and after my surgery was fantastic. I am still in Champaign, Illinois and in the book. Patch Adams lives here now too and is trying to build a free hospital in the Appalachians. Please contact me. Thanks, John Shuey

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William Brooks
16 months ago

I see alot of perfect people. If you dont want to donate then don't. Why rude comments? Remember karma can turn around and screw u in the tail. I hope none of you ever need help.

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Laquanda Davis
16 months ago

Ok??? Something is seriously not sounding right. She has too many qualifications to be in a financial shit hole. Could it be that maybe she had a mental breakdown, gained an addiction or just feels that the world owes her for many accomplishments! Whatever it may be, I pray that God brings her out of her private hell and lead her in a much needed Salvation!!

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Breanna Murphy
17 months ago

GET A JOB YOU LAZY ASSED IDIOT.... YAH RIGHT GIVE YOU MY HARD EARNED MONEY... GOOD LUCK LAZY FUCK

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Meghan Jones
17 months ago

You can't imagine how much you inspired me so many years ago. You brought me great joy and I've never forgotten your golden moments as an Olympic athlete. It is an honor and a privilege to help you now. You are a champion - forever and always. May God bless you as you move forward into the light. We love you!

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