Carol Scholtz needs help

Carol will always try to help.  If she can fill a need, she does. Over the years, she put heating oil in people's tanks in the winter. She put gas in people’s cars when they couldn't get to work.  She helped parents buy Christmas gifts for their children.  She even gave some of her furniture to someone who had nothing. It was not because she could afford it, trust me.  She did it because it was the right thing to do.   She didn’t have much, but when she saw people with less, she did what she could.

Now Carol is the one who needs help. 

At her 2017 annual Mammogram, a change in her right breast was detected. This led to a stereotactic biopsy, followed by a lumpectomy. There wasn't enough "clean margin" around where the mass was removed.  Another lumpectomy was performed.  This time the margin still wasn't clean, and the disease was found on another part of the margin.  So it was determined that the cancer was not just in one spot. Recently the decision was made to perform a double mastectomy.   

Carol has mounting healthcare bills from last year’s treatment and will have large health expenses again this year. Her insurance plan has a $5000 deductible, plus she is responsible for 10% of the remaining costs. The cost of a lower deductible plan simply is not feasible.  She has an HSA account but can only contribute enough to cover co-pays and prescriptions. There are no employer contributions.

The medical bills come in every day.  The pressure is crushing. From October to today, she had approximately $15,000 in out of pocket expenses. The mastectomy has added more. 

Carol was working until she had to leave recently because of the numerous medical procedures.  There is no paid "leave of absence."Once she has healed she will be searching for a new job.

Carol hates being the one in need. She would prefer to be helping others. Two and a half years ago, Carol’s mom Sally was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Carol immediately moved her mom into her own home and organized round-the-clock care by friends, family and church so Sally was never alone when Carol went to work.  She cared for her mom until the end with love and tender concern. Sally died on December 28, 2015.

Two years ago, when her friend Pat was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Carol and her wife Chris organized a golf tournament for Pat that raised thousands of dollars.  They had wristbands with Team Pat printed so everyone around Pat could wear one and show support. Carol gave the eulogy at Pat's memorial service on January 20, 2018, 3 days before Carol's double mastectomy. Many people were still wearing their Team Pat wristbands.

Carol and Chris have participated in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for years. They raised funds, walked the track, flipped burgers, picked up trash....whatever was needed. They weren't able to give much money, so they thought it was important to give  time as well.

As members of a local church, Carol and her wife have contributed hours of work to causes that the church supported, including the free Community Christmas Dinners which her mother Sally Scholtz started. They have traveled with work parties to New Orleans after Katrina, as well as North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida after other hurricanes and destruction.  

Carol has touched my spiritual life. She has lead worship services, retreats and bible studies. Once she led a grief support group. She has shared her deep faith with everyone around her.

Her faith has given her strength as she has dealt with physical challenges she has had since birth. She was born with a club foot and malformed leg.  She had no kneecap, and a congenital dislocation of the hip which led to multiple surgeries as an infant/child and to hip replacement when she was 42.  Even though I have known her for years, I never knew about these physical challenges until I asked her for her life story to write this. Instead, she asks how everyone else is doing.  

It's time to support this strong woman who has always been there for others. Carol is a fighter. If we lift the financial worries off her shoulders, Carol can beat this cancer.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Rachel Pierson 
Pawcatuck, CT
Carol Scholtz 
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