They started a beautiful family, but lost their oldest son, Ross, to Cystic Fibrosis. They raised a second son, Brandon, who is now grown.
Life has not been kind to Beth and Roger. In addition to losing Ross, both of them have suffered various health issues over the years. Beth is diabetic and Roger suffered an accident that left him needing crutches to walk. Five years ago during the economic downturn both of them lost their jobs, but they did not let that get them down. They dug in and found work, but only paying a fraction of their old jobs (by fraction I mean Beth's new salary is $10 per hour) and with little or no benefits. But they kept their faith knowing that they would make it through that crisis.
In the last six months they have both had devastating health news. Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Within weeks of Beth's surgery, Roger was in and out of the Emergency Room with health problems which was finally diagnosed and resulted in open heart surgery. Since his surgery Roger has been in and out of the hospital.
They have very little insurance coverage and now face massive medical bills to cover Roger's multiple stays in ICU. Roger has had to take early retirement, and they are still waiting for Roger's retirement to be processed, so they are now living on Beth's wages.
They are now deeply in debt, and because of the hard winter the Pacific Northwest has had this year, their home needs a new roof and other repairs which neither one of them can do.
Please donate to help Beth and Roger, they are truly beautiful people and will do everything to "pay it forward".
- Oggie Hewerdine
- Mai Rongerude
- Nancy McDaniel
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