320km Cycle for Carolyn Wood

I didn't think I'd be back raising money so soon, but a friend of mine is going through a barely believable time right now.

From the YouCaring page  setup to raise funds:
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Today, Carolyn needs your help. A series of catastrophic medical problems combined with America’s nightmarish insurance system have cost her tens of thousands of dollars, and her expenses are mounting.

Carolyn has been confined to a wheelchair for the past three years. This April, after a week-long illness, she developed acute injuries to the tendons in her feet and the nerves in her right hand and arm. She couldn’t get out of her wheelchair, even to go to the bathroom.

At the hospital, they discovered Carolyn had acute kidney failure. After a month in a hospital and a care facility she has bounced back from the kidney failure, but she cannot take painkillers to help her hands and feet.

Carolyn cannot stand or walk or dress herself or take a shower. She is dependent on a lift, manned by two people, to transfer her. Without it she cannot leave her bed. 

She's now warehoused in a home that does not provide therapy—and her insurance does not cover the cost. Her bills are skyrocketing. (She even pays rent on her bed for $200 a month!)

Perhaps worst of all—yes, this gets worse—is that her husband has leukemia. He’s dealing with his own intense pain and fatigue and side effects from twice-monthly infusions. They are each other’s only support, and have been living apart since April. They have no income other than his disability, and are burning through their life savings.
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To raise some money for Carolyn I am going to do a 320km cycle on Saturday, July 16th. The route will be Kilkenny–Portlaoise–Limerick–Carrick-on-Suir–Portlaw–Kilkenny.

I anticipate this being a bit of a struggle, given it's twice the distance I've ever cycled before.

Regardless of raising funds, I will do this to show Carolyn some support, so she knows I'm thinking of her.

If you could support me with a few euro, that would be simply awesome. Thanks a mil.


John Keyes

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