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Rally for Ruth

$12,852 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 103 people in 2 months
Created December 10, 2018
35162486_1544420210381378_r.jpegIt is really hard to say how many lives Ruth Hollensteiner has touched in the Culver City community. Teacher Ruth (as we affectionately call her) has been loving, nurturing and teaching our children at La Playa Cooperative Nursery School for the past 25 years. 

I have seen her console crying children in her arms and wipe their tears away. I have also seen her comforting young parents of preschoolers who are struggling in the throws of parenthood and are just trying to figure it all out. Over the years, her unique presence has been a gift to our preschool. She has given all of herself to our children and enveloped us all with her loving nature. 

Sadly, Ruth will have to temporarily leave La Playa and the children she loves so dearly. She has been diagnosed with uterine cancer and needs to have major surgery. Post-surgery, Ruth will require at least two months of rest, recuperation and recovery. We are all hopeful that she will return to La Playa in March after her treatment. 

It is only fitting that in her time of need we are there to support and lift her up, paying forward everything she has done for us and our children. We hope that by starting this fund, we can ease any financial burdens that Ruth may face as she battles cancer in the coming months.

Ruth is a mother, a sister, grandmother-to-be, an aunt, a teacher and a friend. We want her to know that no matter what she faces in the months ahead, her community is surrounding her with all of the love and support she has shown us over the years.

Perhaps you are reading this and know Ruth personally, in some other facet of her life. Maybe you are reading this and have never met her. Whatever the case may be, we hope that in this season of giving you reflect on the people you know who give of themselves to others and who love others unconditionally. Please consider giving to someone who has given so much of herself to others, expecting nothing in return. 

Ruth, please let your community embrace you during this time. Let us show you the love and kindness you've shown to so many. 
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A huge thank you to Maya for setting up this meal train. We anticipate that Ruth will be coming home today (Monday 2/4) so we're starting on a Tuesday this week but might modify the schedule after this week based on Ruth's needs. We will also be adding some restaurants that deliver for those of you who would like to send food that way.

If getting your meal to Ruth is an issue, don't be worry. We have many lovely people who have volunteered to deliver meals.

See meal train link belwo. Any questions? Please feel free to reach out to us.

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Ruth is resting and recovering from her surgery yesterday. We've been missing her all week long at La Playa but we are very happy that the surgery is behind her and that she is doing so well.
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Happy New Year Everyone! I wanted to give you a quick update and let you know that there were some delays and Teacher Ruth's surgery is now schedule for next week on Thursday, January 31st. This Friday will be her last day at La Playa before she goes on leave.

When she is home from the hospital we will be organizing a meal train and I will post that link on here as well.

I encourage you to continue to share the campaign and please send Ruth good thoughts next week as she heads into surgery. I will keep everyone posted.

xoxo,
Jaime
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I wanted to share this video with everyone. Teacher Ruth wrote and illustrated a book for the children at La Playa just before she went on her medical leave. Thank you to La Playa parent Irene Yu for turning this treasure into an actual hardcover book for the children to read in her absence.

This book is a testament to the extraordinary teacher that Ruth is.

Thank you to everyone who has donated. Please continue to share the campaign with others. We have almost reached our goal and our hope is that we will soar past it.
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Raised by 103 people in 2 months
Created December 10, 2018
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