Sarah's Amish Health Freedom Fund

Sarah Hershberger is the 10 year old Amish girl that escaped from the US in Sept. 2013 to avoid hospital demands and court orders to undergo 2 years of experimental chemotherapy against her and the parents wishes and advice from other health experts. Sarah had received natural treatments at home and left the U.S. for further treatments and is now 100% free from leukemia, according to the parents. They want to return home without fear of being arrested and Sarah being taken away.

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12/27/13 Some of the text below in the present tense is now past tense thankfully.


These donations are being used for natural foods, nutritional supplements, natural medicines and treatments so that the leukemia does not return. Also Sarah and the parents need food, clothing and housing while they are outside the country and travel expenses to come back home when it is safe.

This campaign has far exceeded its original non-monetary goals of making a big difference in the outcome of this situation--and at little cost. So we are pleased that as of 12/27/13 that 100% of the donations going forward (less 7.9 % in processing fees) will be sent for Sarah and her family! (Previous to 12/27/13, 80% of the funds generated went directly to the Hershberger's and 20% was donated to the Foundations for Health Education to help pay expenses related to supporting this case.) These funds are not being used for legal expenses or medical bills from Akron Children's Hospital or related expense.

JUST OUT on Saturday! 37-min video from Grandfather and Amish church bishop.

Keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. They have been under extreme hardship and want to get back to their home with their other five children and their vegetable farm business.

The Foundations are providing some excellent incentives for you to give a little more. These gifts are donations from others and are not paid for by Sarah's Health Freedom Fund. (The gift incentives were discontinued on 12/27/13)

The Hershbergers feel they have been mistreated by Akron Children's Hospital and are utilizing alternative media to get their side of the story out to the public:

* Andy and Anna Hershberger claim they were never told by Akron Children's Hospital staff that the chemotherapy was part of a research project using experimental chemicals.

* Andy and Anna's signature was not obtained by the hospital for the second phase of chemo which uses different chemicals. Only Sarah, a minor child, was asked to put her name on the line, according to the parents.

* The serious side effects of the experimental chemo were never disclosed to the parents or to Sarah, they say.

* They have also said Sarah's confidential medical information was given to the news media.

* They feel local and national news media attention given to them was unfair because they were unable to tell their side.

There is much more to this story. Read an investigative report here:
Amish Girl Escapes from Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy Taken Out of US and Recovers with Natural Treatment

If you would like to write a check for Sarah only, mail it to Sarah's grandfather:

Sarah's Health Freedom
Isaac Keim
11509 Holshoe Road
Homerville OH 44235

Addresses for the others are pending so that you can send a check so that 100% of your gift goes to that person only.

Note that your gifts will be sent via email or shipped by Nov. 30.


Sarah's Health Freedom Fund is a project of Foundations for Health Education, David Michael Augenstein, Exec. Director [email redacted]. Learn more about me here. I also go by David Michael on Facebook and my blog. I am a friend of both Isaac Keim, the grandfather, and with Andy and Anna. I live near Louisville, Ohio. The family is thankful that this fund has been established. I am the one who set up this GoFundMe account.

Thanks to all the donors without which this case would not have come to a remarkable near resolution such that the family could be reunited before Christmas-- and forced the hospital and guardian to stop their relentless pursuit to take this child--and other children in the state.
  • Ellin Baskin 
    • $8 
    • 106 mos
  • Mark Deitering 
    • $40 
    • 106 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 106 mos
  • Lucinda Miller 
    • $300 (Offline)
    • 107 mos
  • William Weston 
    • $200 
    • 107 mos
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David Michael 

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