Help Katelyn with Unforeseen Medical Expenses ❤️

Greetings family and friends! 

For those of you who know Katelyn, you know that she is a bright and bubbly young woman who is so full of life. Unfortunately, she has been dealing with some serious health issues and has been unable to go about her day to day life as she typically would. Katelyn has been in so much pain and discomfort that she had to quit her job and she had to stop attending school for the time being. For the past 6 months, Katelyn has persevered and kept her hopes up despite not being able to function and having no answers. 

Katelyn has been unable to keep down foods and liquids for the duration of this time and has lost over 55 pounds. Since July she has been in and out of the emergency room 12 times, with no answers. Every visit to the ER she was given fluids and told that she has cyclic vomiting syndrome but there is not much else they could do. Eventually, she decided to see a GI doctor but she was still left with no answers. 

This takes us to the beginning of December and she had made no progress in the right direction. Finally, on December 16, 2020, Katelyn's GI doctor decided that she needed to be admitted to the hospital because this could not go on any longer. After being admitted to the hospital, the doctors discovered that her gallbladder has been completely non-functioning. The doctors decided that she needed to have her gallbladder removed immediately and proceeded to take her into surgery. She has since returned home from the hospital and she has been able to keep down food and beverage like normal and is on the mend. We could not be more thankful to know that she doesn't have to suffer through this pain anymore. That being said, there is still a long way to go and getting back on her feet is going to take some time.

While times are especially hard for all Americans right now, this has made things even more difficult for Ben and Katelyn. While they continue to lean on one another in these difficult times, it has gotten to the point where they are struggling to pay their necessary bills, in addition to all of the medical expenses.

As you all can imagine, one visit to the ER is quite expensive, let alone 12 visits to the ER. For one ER visit, it has cost about $900. Taking into account that she has been there 12 times, that's about $10,800. Along with the ER visits, she has had to have multiple procedures, including a colonoscopy, endoscopy, and now surgery. On top of that, she has been unable to work for the past 6 months, leaving her with no way to pay for these expenses.

In an effort to try and relieve any and all stress that Ben and Katelyn are having, trying to figure out a way to pay for these unforeseen expenses, we decided to start this gofundme. We know that money is tight for many right now, but any and everything is appreciated. For those who may not be able to afford to give anything at this time, keeping Katelyn in your prayers is all that we ask. 

Thank you to all for your continued thoughts and prayers!

With Love,
The Holewinski Family

Below is Katelyn's most recent facebook updates, as well as a photo of the toll this has taken on her body. We pray that she is back to her healthy, bright and bubbly self very soon!



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  • Marygold Johnson  
    • $30 
    • 20 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 24 d
  • Mary Waller 
    • $25 
    • 25 d
  • David Larson 
    • $50 
    • 25 d
  • Melanie Engelking 
    • $50 
    • 25 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Claire Holewinski 
Racine, WI
Katelyn Stebner 
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