October 27, 2008, - 12:46 am
By Debbie Schlussel
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.
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:
Donations taken at:
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.
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.