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Hope for Melinda the Enforcer

$72,551 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 635 people in 13 months
Created April 22, 2018
My name is Kevin Meier and my wife, Cathy Meier is Melinda's sister. I started this fund to help her: Our dear family member and friend to so many, Melinda Penner—known affectionately by thousands as “The Enforcer“ at Stand to Reason (the apologetics ministry she founded 25 yrs ago with dear friend Greg Koukl)—suffered a terrible accident on December 2. She fell from a ladder, hit the concrete pavement with the back of her head, and suffered a severe and traumatic brain injury (TBI) that left her unconscious for weeks. A portion of her skull was removed to save her life.  Melinda is in a medically stable situation now—though on a ventilator—but is largely immobile, completely incommunicado, and basically unresponsive at the moment. She needs financial help for physical therapy and to underwrite her costs at the subacute healthcare facility now providing the personal assistance needed for the long recovery period ahead of her. How much she is able to improve depends largely on the kind of rehabilitating treatment she is able to receive, medical help that her insurance, unfortunately, does not cover.  There is no way to know how much she will improve, but it’s unlikely she will progress without treatment that her present policies do not provide for. Your generous gifts will make it possible for Melinda to receive the loving, professional care she needs to give her the best chances for improvement. Her family and friends thank you for your prayers and support.
Moneys will be transferred into Cathy's account and into a trust set up just for Melinda. 
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Dear Friends of Melinda,

The past 15 months of Melinda's recovery have difficult, but filled with many blessings, especially your generous support through this Go Fund Me account. Navigating the very murky water of insurance, long term medical facilities and disability has been frustrating and disheartening. It's a battle to make sure my sister receives even the most basic daily care.

These funds have made it possible for me to hire Sandy, our amazing professional patient advocate. She oversees Melinda's care on a daily basis, making sure she has everything she needs including medications, scheduling medical appointments and tests, advocating for therapy, to name just a few.

I've also hired Amy, a cognitive therapist, who visits three days a week to engage Melinda's brain with long term memory activities and discussions of her favorite things. Amy was the one to discover that Melinda can still read, write and do mental math! Amazing and exciting!

It became necessary to hire a professional insurance advocate when insurance denied coverage and we were being threatened with a lawsuit. Martine meticulously built our case and we won a few weeks ago!

These three amazing women brought me peace of mind, knowing that I'm not alone in fighting for my sister. I also know that I am joined by an army of prayer warriors, petitioning heaven on her behalf and providing the funds to optimize her chances of a significant recovery. I give thanks to God every day for all of you and ask that He will bless you for the love and compassion you've shown to my sister and our family.

In HIS love,
Cathy (Penner) Meier
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The support for Melinda is amazing. We just surpassed the $5000 mark. Thank you to all of you who've donated. Please keep the prayers going up. God is so good!
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$72,551 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 635 people in 13 months
Created April 22, 2018
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