Doug Stanko's Expenses

My uncle, Doug Stanko, is facing some serious and tough times.  Uncle Doug is the self-employed Owner/Operator of Stanko's Autobody.  Despite a diagnosis a few years ago of Rheumatoid Arthritis, he has continued working to repair vehicles.  Last year he found himself with breathing issues.  During a week-long stay in Hamot, it was discovered that the RA is attacking his lungs by filling the sac around the lung with "gunk".  This past December, Uncle Doug's left lung collapsed.  He was rushed to WGH where they saved his life by putting in a chest tube.  He was then transferred to Hamot for further treatment with the specialists.  This time it was a two-week stay in Hamot.  He returned home but was unable to work due to the presence of a chest tube.  He hasn't been able to work since mid-December.  After five weeks, it was hoped that he could have the chest tube removed, however, it wasn't to be.  He started out in Hamot but because of the seriousness of his lung issues, he was transfered to Pittsburgh.  Last week he endured a 12-hour operation of a highly delicate nature to scrape the "gunk" from his left lung and repair damage.  He still faces another extensive operation to fix his right lung.  His doctors have repeatedly said that he is in for a long recovery.  It is unclear what will happen in the long-term, but in the short-term, Uncle Doug needs help to cover expenses.  Many times people ask, "what can I do to help?"  A donation of any amount will help him, will alleviate the stress of struggling to make ends meet, and will allow him to focus on healing.  Thank you for your consideration, prayers and positive vibes.


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Samantha Stanko Whitaker 
Russell, PA
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