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This fundraiser ended on 01/20/12

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John Gallagher of LearningHerbs.com is raising money for Althea Cunanan, who needs help with the costs of a brain surgery.

My name is John Gallagher, founder of LearningHerbs.com. I would like to introduce you to someone very important to me... My friend and co-worker, Althea Cunanan. Althea started working with us in 2008, shortly after the launch of our membership site, HerbMentor.com. We needed help, and magically we found Althea's website advertising her administrative and design wizardry. At first, all we could afford was a few hours a week. However, as time went on, Althea helped our company grow to the point where she was working with us full time. If you’ve ever needed help from customer service, that was Althea. If you watched a course or video on one of our sites, chances are you were watching her handiwork. When we took on the mammoth task of overhauling HerbMentor, she stayed up all hours of the night for weeks making sure it was PERFECT for our members when we opened. Her attention to detail and care for her work is unparalleled, and is one of the main reasons LearningHerbs is able to offer so many awesome courses and products. Althea has helped so many of us, quietly in the background. And now, Althea needs OUR help... On New Years Day, Althea woke up to some paralysis-like symptoms on her right leg, and later her right arm. After several doctor’s visits, they thought it might be a mini stroke, so they ordered an MRI. The MRI revealed a 2.1 cm space-occupying lesion on her brain. Neurosurgeons are still inconclusive, however, there is a 70% chance it is a tumor. They are considering... 1) Acute demyelinating disease, 2) a brain abscess or 3) a tumor, to be determined after a biopsy. Althea lives in a small city in the southern Philippines. Her local hospital lacks the equipment needed to do the surgery, and it has to be flown in from Manila. Luckily, she is being cared for by colleagues of her father, former Chief of a hospital before he passed away 4 years ago. Doctors will perform the operation at no expense. However, getting the machine, using hospital facilities, current medication and post-operation maintenance and therapy are quite expensive. That said, what would be WELL over $100,000 or even more in the States, can be done in the Philippines for $11,000 USD. LearningHerbs immediately donated a $3,000 downpayment upon hearing the news, and we are looking to raise funds for the additional $8,000 needed for this surgery. We need to raise this money for Althea as SOON as possible. Time is of the essence. Can you help? Anything, and I mean, ANYTHING helps. Have $500? $100? $20? How about $5? Our community is large, and everyone contributing a small amount can make a HUGE difference. If you have benefitted from any LearningHerbs.com experience, then Althea has made a difference in your life. Now, you can make a difference in hers. Thank you so much for reading this page and considering a donation. I wish you health and happiness in this new year, John Gallagher, L.Ac. LearningHerbs.com
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