Our names are Dan and Tony, and we have been friends with Charlie and Sarah for more than half of our lives. They are both incredibly caring people and committed leaders in our community. Sarah leads worship and Charlie is a pastor of the young adult ministry at our church and have each played a significant role in our personal lives. Charlie stood beside both of us on our own wedding days and has constantly encouraged us to be better husbands for our wives.
Recently Sarah gave birth to their second child, Stella Rose, and it almost ended her life. Charlie has written about it on a blog (bloggingcharlie.com), and he explains the ordeal much better than we could:
"My daughter was born September 16th, 2013. Eight days later my wife was dying. Due to complications from the birth, Sarah developed two very aggressive infections that had gone septic (the infections entered her blood stream and had spread throughout her body). We didn't know this as she was being rushed by ambulance to the hospital. What we did know was that her heart rate was dangerously high, her blood pressure fatally low, and that she didn't have much time. Sarah was born with an incredibly rare disease called lymphangiomatosis and has struggled with health issues her whole life. I knew when I married her that there was a possibility of walking a very hard road. I never knew it would be this hard. Through the course of our three plus years as husband and wife, we have dealt with broken hips, tailbones, blood clots, multiple infections, lung tubes, abdominal taps, major surgeries, cancer scares, and more. But we have never been this close to death..."
Thankfully, The Lord has been extremely kind to us all by allowing Sarah to make a miraculous recovery. She is doing well, and is now home with Charlie and their two children, Jude and Stella, though she is still having to go into the doctors office regularly so that her recovery process can be closely monitored. Charlie has had to take an extended leave of absence from work at a local grocery store to be home to take care of his wife and children.
As a result, they are starting to accrue a large amount of debt from medical bills and loss of income. We wanted to help ease some of the financial burden, so we are coming to all of you to help raise money to cover those expenses and allow them to completely focus on Sarah's recovery. We chose to use GoFundMe.com to reach out beyond our immediate community so that we could really be able to raise enough money to make a substantial difference. If you could share this across your social networks it would really help get the word out!
Dan and Tony
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