Team Molly

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Our dear friend Molly needs our help.

As many of you know, Molly moved back home earlier this year for what she thought would be a few quick months of taking care of her ulcerative colitis before resuming her job search.

Instead, on August 28th, she was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery. The doctor removed all of her large intestine, gave her an ileostomy, and (here's the real kick in the head) found cancer of the appendix that had spread and seeded itself throughout her abdominal cavity.

Molly is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and may be for some time, as there is no known cure for this type of cancer. Cancers of the appendix are so rare that only around 1,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with them each year. The only reason you've probably ever heard of it is it's the kind of cancer that killed Audrey Hepburn.

Molly has health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, which she believes has literally saved her life by allowing her to move back to Texas and get access to care that wasn’t available to her in West Virginia. Without this insurance, she likely would not have been diagnosed in time.

However, she just learned that her insurer is eliminating the plan that she uses in 2016. Her current plan had a $1,500 cap on out-of-pocket expenses per year. The new plan has a cap of $6,000 out-of-pocket, which will be exhausted by chemo expenses in the first month of the calendar year.

Molly budgeted for a period of unemployment and medical expenses, but those savings are simply not enough to cover her anticipated expenses through an indefinite period of unemployment. She is applying for Social Security Disability, but it’s unlikely that the application process will be complete by the time the first bills come due.

Many people have asked how they can help – and here’s a way we can help! The goal of this campaign is to raise $7,000 – enough to cover Molly’s out-of-pocket medical expenses and the small percentage that GoFundMe deducts from fundraising campaigns.

If there is anything that you're willing to contribute, or if you could share this with friends and colleagues (including those who may not know about her diagnosis), it would make a world of difference to Molly and her parents. It's hard enough fighting a disease that has a very slim five year survival rate – having to do so while also trying to figure out how to pay for care is crippling.

If everyone pitches in, even a small amount, we will be able to help Molly get through this with all the resources she needs. Please give what you can! She has a long, tough road ahead, and needs all the love we can send her way.
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Hi friends,

I'm happy to announce that we've established another way to honor the memory of our dear friend through the creation of the Molly Anne Dolan Travel Award Fund at the iSchool at the University of Illinois.

This fund will provide travel support to students enrolled in the MS in library and information science program at Illinois. It is our wish that this fund will enable LIS students to go amazing places, learn new things, and make friends, just like Molly did everywhere she went.

The iSchool's press release contains information about supporting this fund: http://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2017/09/travel-fund-honor-dolans-memory-support-student-discovery

On a separate note, I will be shutting this GoFundMe campaign down later this week, but wanted to again express my deep thanks for the support that all of you provided to our dear friend.

Elizabeth
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Hello friends,

I'm so sorry to share the news with you that our dear Molly passed away over the weekend. This is a tremendous loss for anyone who knew her.

Her obituary was shared yesterday:
http://www.crowderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/9426/
Details for her memorial service, including information about memorial donations, are forthcoming and will be posted here when they're available.

Thank you again for generously supporting our dear friend.
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I received an update from Molly today!

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my healthcare costs. At the very last minute Humana announced it would be making a PPO plan available for Texas in 2016. Although this plan isn't part of the federal ACA marketplace, meaning I won't receive any federal tax subsidies for it, it will allow me to receive treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the best facilities in the country, and a facility that wasn't covered by my previous insurance. This will expand my treatment options, and I'll be meeting with doctors there once my new insurance coverage starts.

The money you've raised should cover most of my healthcare costs for this year. Here's a breakdown of where the money will be going:

$ 6450 Insurance deductible
$ 4884 Monthly premiums (12 x $407)
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$11,334


Total donated as of 12/20/2015:
$13298
-$ 1099 (GoFundMe fees)
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$12199
-$11334
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$865 currently unallocated

Because the Humana plan doesn't start until February 1st there will be some additional costs on my old insurance plan for the month of January, but hopefully we'll be able to work with my doctors to reschedule appointments and minimize the cost. Thanks to all of you the coming year will be easier financially than I had worried it would be. Thank you again for all your help.
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Today is Molly's birthday, and you continue to be awesome to her!
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Raised by 163 people in 44 months
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MS
$75
Mikki Smith
41 months ago

Team Molly! -- Mikki & Richard

$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
LL
$25
Leigh Limerick
44 months ago
AH
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amy hribar
44 months ago

go molly!

JS
$100
Joe Stimac
44 months ago
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Zig Olds
44 months ago
$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
$100
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44 months ago
TF
$35
Tracey Ford
44 months ago

Hi Molly- Sending you love and best wishes for a happy birthday!

JF
$50
John Fredland
44 months ago

Go Molly!

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