This is Olga, the wife of our friend Sam .
Sam and Olga have a number of pressing health and financial issues which are weighing heavily on them at the moment, but we have decided to focus on just two things to help them with: Olga’s need for extensive dental work and the failing health of her mother in Russia.
Here is a bit of the backstory:
Olga came to the U.S. to compete in the Paralympics in Atlanta back in 1996, which is where and when she met and fell in love with Sam. They got married.
However, family, medical and financial hardships soon ensued.
After over a year of immigration rigamarole, Olga and Sam were reunited with her 5-year old twin children, Sasha and Andrey.
Tragedy soon struck when Sasha died in a drowning accident at age 8. Despite such devastation, Olga and Sam have persevered these many years and have tried hard to rebuild a life out of such loss. They have not had an easy road.
Presently, there is a simple but necessary and immediate medical need for Olga.
After the birth of the twins, Olga's teeth began to deteriorate from postpartum gingivitis (a well-known phenomenon). She had her last major dental surgeries about a 15 years ago, and now she's down to just 10 teeth. She's sorely in need of 4–8 implants and new bridges, and we're hoping to raise money to send her back to her native Russia for this dental work, without which simple eating will be an impossibility.
The necessary dental work, travel to Russia and loss of income from time off work will require just over an estimated US$30,000.
Why go to Russia? Dental care is about a third of the cost there as opposed to here in the U.S. —and it's still very good—and while there Olga can spend time with her 79-year old mother who recently had a stroke and lives alone without a caregiver.
So we, Olga's friends, are taking matters into our own hands. And you can help! Let's make Olga smile again - a small step towards giving them a bit more hope and making their family whole again!
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