Stanley lost his wife of 35 years to Anorexia

My name is Paula, I am a hairdresser. A few years ago, a lovely older couple named Stanley and Joanie started coming to me for their hair. Over time, we became good friends and I learned that Joanie suffered from a terrible disease called Anorexia. It’s an eating disorder that causes its victims to restrict their intake of food. Over time, the victim’s body deteriorates due to chronic malnutrition and the gradual digestion by the body of soft tissue, muscle, bone, and organs in order to keep the brain alive.


I couldn’t help noticing that Joanie was, in fact, getting skinnier and weaker. I also noticed that Stanley was totally devoted to Joanie and did everything he could to help her and encourage her to eat. Unfortunately, the disease ultimately killed Joanie after multiple hospitalizations for severe malnutrition.


I recently learned from Stanley that because of medical expenses and the fact that he had been devoting virtually all of his time over the past few years to caring for Joanie, they had no savings, he had not had time to keep his marketing communications business going, and Joanie’s pensions from her career as an educator were going to stop. In addition, they had accumulated a significant amount of debt.


Stanley is now in the position of having to sell their house and all of their possessions, move into an apartment, and rebuild his business. Since he has no money left, he needs a GoFundMe grant to provide the bridge money he needs to restart his life and his business.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Paula Carney 
Twentynine Palms, CA
Stanley Newhoff 
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