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This fundraiser ended on 08/01/11

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Bad things do happen to good people. Be an angel, please help Carla with her battle against colon cancer. Please show your support!

Please join family and friends in helping Carla Sebesta keep health insurance in place, and pay off medical debt and some living expenses as she battles Stage IV colon cancer.
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My husband Doyle and I have been asking people for money for over 20 years – money to help build parks, fire stations, and day care centers for low income families. I am actually talking about writing grants as consultants. This is a roundabout way of saying I never thought I’d be trying to raise money for myself, but you never know what path your life will take.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2009. After two surgeries and 6 months of chemo, we thought (and hoped) that the cancer was gone. During that time I had only temporary health insurance (staying insured as a self-employed person is a struggle), but that insurance covered most of my expenses – until it expired and wasn’t renewable.

In January and February of 2011, we had a “double whammy” of bad news. First, because of the massive federal and state budget cuts that include the grants we work with, our business income has dropped to zero. It has only been through the love and generosity of family, friends, and our church (and a few Craigslist sales) that we’ve managed to barely keep our heads above water financially. One of these friends, I might add, is Julie, who is helping us get this Give Forward page going and has helped us in many ways.

Second, we were shocked to learn the cancer had recurred, big time – to both my liver and lungs, making it virtually incurable. This has been tough for all of us – including our 3 incredible children, Anna, John (and his lovely wife Bethany), and James as they try to continue with their lives as young adults. I am back on chemotherapy, trying to remain optimistic about the future.

Doyle is looking for another job while we are still trying to generate consulting business within my limitations. We’re also trying to liquidate family assets and whatever else we can think of to cover living expenses. All of this takes time, especially in a very slow job and real estate market.

We’re hoping for assistance over the next few months for payments towards the $78,000+ in medical bills that insurance didn’t cover and to pay the very high premiums to keep my existing health insurance in place.

We would be most grateful for any help. We realize so many are in worse situations than us – especially those suffering from the recent tragic tornadoes, whose children are seriously ill, or who have already lost their homes and dignity because of a medical crisis. I would love nothing better than to achieve remission and turn my attention to writing grants for people like these. Again, thanks so much for your support!

To make a donation by mail, please send your check made out to Carla Sebesta at:

50209 Eagle Trace Drive
Georgetown, TX 78626

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