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Life-saving surgery for Nickie

$1,065 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 9 months
Who is Nickie?

Nickie Smith is a wonderful, loving wife to me and mother to our three children.  She brightens the room with her smile, tames our hearts with her voice, and enriches our souls with her heart.

Why does she need help?

Nickie has serious health issues with which she has been struggling such as:

-diabetes
-crippling back injuries
-arthritis in her knees

All are related to her weight. She has worked for years to lose that weight in every conventional way possible, but with her injuries and near-constant pain, she is unable to do the physical activities needed to lose the weight.

What surgery does she need?

Her doctors have strongly recommended bariatric (gastric bypass) surgery, not just to reduce her weight, but also to save her life.  However, our insurance does not cover this surgery and we cannot afford to pay for it soon enough for it to really help.

She will be turning 40 this coming year, and if she isn't able to get this surgery soon, we're afraid she won't live to see 50.  Won't see her children become adults, won't get to meet her grandchildren.

These are our children.  They want their mother to be around a long, long time:




Our goal

Our goal is to raise the money we need to pay for her surgery (and related procedures), in cash, before December 31, 2018.  If we can do that, she would hopefully be able to have the surgery before the end of 2019, greatly increasing her chances of living a long, fruitful life.

What will you be helping us do

We will use whatever money we can raise to pay for any procedures, appointments, and programs that aren't covered under our insurance, including the surgery and post-surgery procedures themselves.  Anything we can't afford out-of-pocket.

Thank you, and God bless for whatever help you can give.
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Hello friends! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted, but we have been making progress!

$450 of your donations have gotten Nickie started in the psyche evaluation program, which is a critical prerequisite for all other parts of the program. Thank you so much for helping us get this far!

However, we have some not so good news. Due to some health issue we haven’t pinned down just yet, she is now on supplemental oxygen all hours of the day. Fortunately our insurance covers most of the related expenses, but it reinforces just how desperately we need to get this surgery for her.

Due to the costs of the upcoming scheduled phases, we’re upping the goal to $5000. If we can reach that goal, we should (hopefully) be able to get her through pretty much all the prerequisites for the surgery. After that, we will hopefully be able to set a final goal of the amount she’ll need for the surgery and after-care.

Thanks to all of you who have helped so far! Please continue spreading the word so we can get Nickie, wonderful wife and mother of 3, the surgery she needs so she can survive to someday meet her grandchildren! Love you all!
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Thank you all again for your help and your love! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Next weekend (2/3/2018) Nickie and I have the “initiation” session to start her in the bariatric program. Yes, it’s starting to become a reality! I’ll keep you up-to-date on her progress as we go!
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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all who have donated and who have shared this with others!

We feel truly blessed that so many of you are willing to help give Nickie the chance to drastically improve her health and quality of life.

We are working to get the timeline for her program together, so hopefully soon I’ll have some more specific milestone info to post.
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Upon some knowledgeable advice I've received, I'm reducing the goal to $3,000, which is 10% of the total expected cost (and which we can hopefully use as a down payment to get things started).
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$1,065 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 9 months
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TB
$50
Teresa & Michael Bell
6 months ago
NS
$30
Nancy Smith
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
7 months ago (Offline Donation)
$50
Anonymous
9 months ago
JW
$100
Jean Wiseman
9 months ago
$100
Anonymous
9 months ago
TB
$20
The Brickners
9 months ago
TB
$50
Teresa Bell
9 months ago
$100
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9 months ago
$100
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