October 27, 2008, - 12:46 am

URGENT APPEAL: Please Help Reader Marty’s Infant Grandson, In Desperate Need of Surgery

By Debbie Schlussel
Dear Readers:
It’s rare that I make appeals on this site and I will retain that policy. But it is my strong belief that we need to help one of our own, generous reader Martha “Marty” Beck. Her very cute grandson infant, Luke, pictured below, is afflicted with a condition that requires immediate surgery, which costs $19,000 and isn’t covered by insurance.

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Baby Luke Mann Needs Our Help

(Thanks to David Lunde/Lundesigns for Assistance with Image)

The surgery is scheduled for November 25th, but they need to raise the money within the next week-and-a-half. So far, they’ve raised $6,000, so I hope you can help Marty raise the balance for her dear grandson. Marty and her daughter and grandson are in desperate straits, and you should note that Marty, herself, was very generous on one of the few other occasions when I appealed for readers to help out.
Let me tell you a little about Marty. When I first appealed to readers to help support Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury (the Muslim journalist who is on trial for his life in Bangladesh for praising Israel, America, and Christians), Marty–who is a woman of modest means–immediately made a sizeable financial contribution. She frequently e-mails to find out about Shoaib’s welfare and his trial, which is ongoing.
Now, I am hoping we can return Marty’s generosity to help save her grandson. Here is the text of fliers that Marty and her family made for their appeal, along with details of how you can help:

This is Luke Mann. He is 3 months old and has Sagittal Synotosis. This means that the soft spot down the back of his skull has fused together too quickly and isn’t allowing his brain to grow side to side at all. If this condition is left untreated it could cause a mental or physical disability because of pressure put on the brain. His health insurance will not cover the procedure that would give him the best hope of beating this. His family has started a foundation called Luke’s Star Foundation, with a bank account at Huntington Bank in Chicora. All donations are considered tax deductible. Receipts are available upon request.
Email address for Luke:
StrFoundation@aol.com
Donations taken at:
Huntington Bank
101 S. Main Street
Chicora, PA 16025

You can also donate via PayPal to Marty. Her account is listed under her e-mail address: MartyB3655@aol.com.
Marty is a good conservative, devout Christian, and proud American who worries about the future of our country under creeping Islamic impositions. But this is beyond politics and is another aspect of our future, the welfare of her innocent, young grandson, who–like many Americans–is the victim of insurance companies, which are, in my opinion, a form of socialized medicine.
They are not just begging for money. Marty and her daughter have held yard sales, church fundraisers, spaghetti dinners, etc. But they can only raise so much.

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Reader Marty and Her Grandson, Luke

Marty writes:

We’re desperate. We are under severe time restrictions here.
We’ve started a foundation for kids like Luke (my daughter and I) who are falling through the cracks of the insurance companies, and if we raise more than enough for Luke’s surgery, the rest will go to kids like him.
When my daughter, Morgan, and her husband went to North Carolina to see the surgeon, they stayed at the Ronald McDonald house, and met kids who are facing problems that their insurance won’t cover. One little boy is allergic to the sun and can’t go outside or even be in a room above 60 degrees without breaking out in hives and having breathing difficulties.
There’s medicine that will help him, but again, the insurance company denies the coverage, telling him to just stay indoors. Right – a kid spending the rest of his life indoors to save the insurance company a buck or two! He’s next on our list to help.
We have a tax number as a non-profit organization, so you might want to tell your readers that any donation is tax deductible, and we’ll be happy to send them a receipt if they request it. The foundation is called Luke’s Star Foundation, and any checks sent to the bank should be made out that way. We also have an email address set up – StrFoundation@aol.com if people should have any questions. No website yet – we’re working on that, slowly.

I hope you will help reader Marty to save her grandson’s life and future mental and physical development.
Politics and the Presidential election are important. But when it comes down to it, matters like this–desperate life and death situations faced by our loved ones–are infinitely more important.
Let’s ask ourselves what we would do if we were in the situation, in which his parents find themselves, unable to afford the expensive surgery insurance won’t cover.
We’d have no alternative but to rely on the kindness of strangers.
Please help Marty’s grandson, Luke Mann.

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11 Responses

I wish Luke and the family well, but all health-care should be free at the point of delivery. It’s completely inhuman that people should have to pay money for any operation.

No Pasaran! on October 27, 2008 at 4:10 am

“It’s completely inhuman that people should have to pay money for any operation.”
So are you saying the doctors should perform the operations for free? And the nurses? And who pays for the medical equipment? And who pays the professors at the med school who taught the doctors how to do this?
SOMEONE has to pay for all this, dummy. And don’t tell us “the government” or “the insurance companies” because they don’t create anything, they have to get their money from OTHER PEOPLE. That’s why leftists like you are such morons. You don’t think this through because you can’t think, not with that single-digit IQ you’ve got, No Pasaran.

Gary Rosen on October 27, 2008 at 4:57 am

Simple economics tells us that health care should not be free at the point of delivery. This is because there must be at least some deterrence from abusing the system. A free system provides a major incentive to abuse the system. I am fairly certain that co-pays are there to provide a dis-incentive for abusing the system.
As for “OTHER PEOPLE” paying, that is what happens with health insurance itself. When is the last time someone who was not extremely wealthy paid for a major medical procedure themselves?
I believe the answer lies in getting everyone into the right kind of insurance (i.e. one that will pay for the conditions mentioned in this article) for a system where there are no incentives to abuse the system. How to do that? I don’t have a clue.

I_am_me on October 27, 2008 at 9:14 am

You guys need a National Health System.
Everybody gets paid, including the nurses and the poor hard-done-by bloody doctors, and the poor, the elderly, and the dispossessed get the health care they need.

No Pasaran! on October 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

“This is because there must be at least some deterrence from abusing the system.”
So what if a few people abuse the system?
At least we don’t have to deal with the OBSCENITY of people having to beg for the money to get treatment for their babies.
We would never accept that level of inhumanity in European society.

No Pasaran! on October 27, 2008 at 9:25 am

No Pasaran!:
You wrote:
“We would never accept that level of inhumanity in European society.”
Where in Europe do you live? I have heard that in England (I am not sure how applicable this is in parts of Europe outside of England) health care is rationed because of their system. People wait a long time for treatment (sometimes this wait is fatal) and in some cases coverage is denied for reasons like the patient is too old. Is that humane?
As it is, I believe everyone should have insurance to pay for what they need, with co-pays to prevent abuse. Poor people should be given the money to buy an insurance plan they choose to buy from among many options. These should be from the same options everyone else can choose from.
If you don’t have co-pays, the resulting abuse you will have just incentivized will make medical care will be more expensive and harder to get.

I_am_me on October 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

We are missing the point (and I include myself in this). I don’t think this comment section should be a forum on how best to provide medical care. Debbie’s article describes an urgent, possibly tragic (if we don’t act) situation. Let’s take care of the baby.

I_am_me on October 27, 2008 at 10:15 am

I_am_me, you are absolutely correct. Insurance isn’t the issue. LUKE IS! HELLO!?
Debbie, we are blessed to be able to help Marty and baby Luke. Though living many years in my “adopted” Colorado, I’m a native Pittsburgher. Back in the 50s as a lad, my parents and I made many fall trips north to Butler and then NE on Route 68 through Chicora to Clarion and on to Brady’s Bend and Cooks Forest State Park. Beautiful country and memories. Thought I recognized her town’s name! Thank you so much for sharing the need with us. After all, how much better to NOT get involved with the government or insurance system and instead, help each other? Hasn’t that always been God’s intent for His human family?

Floyd R. Turbo on October 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
It is time to support our people…
Click url to send money via Paypal:

WhoDoYouSayIam on October 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm

That should read: MartyB3655@aol.com

kasper1062 on October 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I’m happy to send a few dollars, but a simple “thank you” or even a “I received your donation” would have been nice.

AynaydaPizaqvick on October 31, 2008 at 11:25 am

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