Usama's tumor - medical expenses

$11,830 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 46 months
My husband, filmmaker Usama Alshaibi, was just diagnosed with two Keratocystic odontogenic tumors in his face, along the jawbone.  They are agressive but not cancerous.  They must be removed to prevent further damage to his bone and healthy tissue.

His insurance will not pay the cost of the necessary CT scan prior to surgery.  And Usama will be out of commission for a bit following the surgery.  His job at CU-Boulder is coming to an end in two weeks and I have only a part-time job while I care for our 3-year-old daughter.  We have no savings, but will be selling off a lot of our belongings in coming weeks.  We are heading into a dire financial situation, made more strained by this new medical issue.  Usama is currently applying for teaching jobs all over the world, but has not been hired yet and this summer is very uncertain.  He JUST earned his MFA which opens up new possibilities for the future. But the present is feeling a bit bleak. We know this is temporary,  and we are staying positive, but it is stressful none-the-less.

We are asking for help to pay for the cost of the scan, and a few small expenses cropping up at the time of the surgery.  The minimum we need is $1000 (though more would give Usama peace of mind and take some of the pressure off of him while he searches for work and heals). 

We are grateful for any amount you can offer.  We'd much rather be doing fundraising for films at this point, but this is an unexpected issue and we are in a desperate situation.  

Thank you!
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OH MY GOODNESS! And I do mean goodness. The goodness of all of you! We are almost there!!!! So close! I went to work and came home to see this! I just want to hug you all. I can hardly believe it! I can breathe! Thank you all so much. You know you are all going onto the very special holiday card list now, don't you? <3 <3 <3

So much love!
Kristie
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Friends,

I am collapsing under the weight of this month's bills. Now working lots of extra hours, but I'm still coming up short. My account is overdrawn which costs me money daily. Finally at the point on not being able to feed us. For two weeks. Some unexpected bills got withdrawn automatically , and I can't sleep. All of our yearly bills get taken out in September! Before Usama gets a paycheck. Our car insurance is about to be cancelled. Can anyone out there help us meet this final goal? I hate to sound desperate, but this is really desperate.
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Hi peeps,

I know we are so lucky! And I want to pour gratitude all over the place! We have a home. We are not refugees. Usama is healing well (one more trip to the dentist to fill in a couple of the root canals). He's had good medical care. We have food in the fridge, clean water. So much more than millions of people have these days. I sometimes wonder at this fact: That we happened to end up here instead of elsewhere, really suffering. Our problems are so small in comparison.

And our problems are decreasing month by month. All of your support has been overwhelmingly wonderful.

This is it. The last and final goal on gofundme, before we will release you from our incessant begging. Right now, if we can make it to $11,000, we will feel pretty good. If we make the final goal of $12,000 we will jump for joy like you've never seen before!!! There's this last dental visit to pay for, a medical bill for $1200 due by the 22nd of September, and still three weeks before Usama gets an actual paycheck! Now is when we need that last bit of help, so if you've wanted to contribute and haven't yet, please consider it.

And once again, a huge thank you to everyone! We get by with a little help from our friends! We needed you and you heard us!

Much love,
Kristie


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Hi friends and family!

I just wanted to make one more push for our final goal because September is our most difficult month! Having made payments toward the medical bills, as well as paying school tuition forMuneera, and giving her a small birthday party, our bank account is at nearly 0.

We are trying to sell a few things, as well as taking on a small freelance gig, and my part time job will help. So we won't starve, but the bills keep coming and we will lose internet in a few days.

On the bright side, Usama is healing well with just a little residual numbness on the right side. Muneera loves her school so much she never wants to leave when we come to pick her up! And Usama's teaching gigs are going very well.

But he doesn't get a paycheck until October 1st. So we're really hustling to live through this month. If we make our last and final goal (I promise) we will be ok.

Thank you again for all your help!

With love ,
Kristie

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Donna Marie
46 months ago

Usama, I shared this on my facebook. I hope it helps you.

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Raised by 161 people in 46 months
Created April 21, 2015
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Kerrie Mathes
41 months ago

Thinking of you guys during this challenging time.

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41 months ago
MR
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Marie-Joëlle Rizk
41 months ago

Sending love to you 3. MJ

Donna Marie
46 months ago

Usama, I shared this on my facebook. I hope it helps you.

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