Rhonda Benge Gates Medical Expenses

$5,915 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 32 months
As a community we are reaching out to all of our friends and their friends to make this appeal on the behalf of Rhonda Gates. For those who know Cleborn and Anabelle Benge of Templeton, CA this is their youngest child.  

As a young woman of 55, a wife to Dan and mother to two boys, she has suffered a multitude of health challenges in recent years. This is the gravest of all. After treatment at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo a determination was made that she needed to be Airlifted to USC Keck Medical center for futher evaluation and Heart Bypass surgery.  Once they were able to open her chest and expose her heart they discovered that the lower half of her heart was already dead, that the heart had enlarged and was now a "basketball" shape but most dangerous was that she had Pericarditis - the inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place and helps it work.

It was determined that no bypass could be performed until this condition was under control. The surgeon spent over three hours cleaning the heart tissue and trying unsuccessfully to perform a bypass. Three arteries are blocked, two at 90% and one at 70%. This is a very grave situation. Her chest has been closed and there is hope for a bypass operation at a later date.

Dan is self-employed and the resources to cover the medical expenses have been exhausted, Her parents, as well, have done all they can. So now we make an appeal to you to help us help her cover these almost astronomical expenses. Please think of what you you would do in the face of such a situation. We appeal to your charitable hearts.

All funds will be devoted to the payment of All Medical Exopenses and Rhonda's care. There is an immediate need for the funds. Please search your hearts and do whatever you are able.

There are no words to adequately thank each of you for your generosity. I can only imagine if it were my child, my wife or my mother.
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Carolyn Cuff Kendrick
32 months ago
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My heart and prayers go out to the Benge/Gates families for all that they're going through. My hope is for healing and comfort in knowing that Rhonda is in the right place and a fighter. I continue to send my love and prayers to all of you.

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Rhonda Gates
30 months ago

On September 20 (while I was back in the hospital) my husband suffered a heart attack. He is doing ok now but will be having bypass surgery the 26th of this month. He has not been able to work since his heart attack and will not be able to work for weeks after his surgery. He is self employed. I am recovering very slowly with my heart pumping at only 35-40%. This is going to be a long hard road for both of us. Your support is truly appreciated. Prayers are always welcome!

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$5,915 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 32 months
Created August 6, 2016
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Bill & Yadira Butkovich
32 months ago
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Our prayers are with you and your attending physicians looking over your care. Never ever give up. All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.

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Hogue Tool
32 months ago
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Our prayers are with you and your family

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Anonymous
32 months ago
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Anonymous
32 months ago
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Carolyn Cuff Kendrick
32 months ago
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My heart and prayers go out to the Benge/Gates families for all that they're going through. My hope is for healing and comfort in knowing that Rhonda is in the right place and a fighter. I continue to send my love and prayers to all of you.

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Rhonda Gates
30 months ago

On September 20 (while I was back in the hospital) my husband suffered a heart attack. He is doing ok now but will be having bypass surgery the 26th of this month. He has not been able to work since his heart attack and will not be able to work for weeks after his surgery. He is self employed. I am recovering very slowly with my heart pumping at only 35-40%. This is going to be a long hard road for both of us. Your support is truly appreciated. Prayers are always welcome!

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