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This fundraiser ended on 11/20/12

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Please join us to help Stacy Swierczek Underwood pay medical expenses from multiple surgeries. Your support is appreciated!

Stacy (Swierczek) Underwood is the daughter of Mary & Dave Swierczek of Columbus, NE. She has 4 brothers, all from Columbus as well: Chad, Brett, JJ, & Adam. Stacy graduated from Scotus Central Catholic High School in 1993. Stacy has been married for 12 years to her husband, Shane and has two daughters, Sarah (11) and Abby (3).

In 2000, Stacy was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, a disease that causes ulcers & complications of the colon and intestines. For 11 years she battled the disease, bouncing back and forth between remissions and severe flare-ups causing hospitalizations. In 2011, her condition got severe and after a week of tests and specialists, they discovered she had a nearly unheard of life-threatening condition - toxic megacolon. Her colon had expanded to the size of a football & was as thin as tissue paper. It was on the verge of bursting, which would have been fatal. Upon realizing this, the hospital crew rushed her to emergency surgery and removed her entire colon. Following this procedure, Stacy required an ostomy bag for 6 months while her insides healed. The surgery to close up the ostomy hole and re-route her digestive tract caused several complications, 3 additional surgeries, and a total of 4 months in the hospital. During this time she also passed out from dehydration, fell face-first, and broke her 2 front teeth.

As of March of this year, Stacy has been home recovering and getting her strength back from all the medical traumas. We are happy to say Stacy is FINALLY doing better and are hopeful that she will continue to heal.

Unfortunately, Stacy had to quit her job, and the unpaid medical expenses are putting an enormous stress on her family. We, as her family & beloved friends, we are asking for your donation to help Stacy & her family overcome their financial hardship.

Thank you for any support you are able to offer on their behalf.
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