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This fundraiser ended on 05/31/12

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Please show your financial support of Sandra Bartels Thomas with her fight to live and stay at home in her courageous battle against ALS.

This is just a part of the story of the best person, I know, my aunt, Sandi Bartels Thomas. She has spent so many moments over the years helping others from volunteering her vacation time to help the Cherokee Indians at their reservation to utilizing her nursing skills to help children in Africa. Now she needs others to help her. About 4 years ago, she was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease. As an RN, she already knew her fate and knew it wouldn't be long. She wouldn't be here for her son to walk down the aisle or to see her future grandbabies. She wouldn't be able to forever remind her brothers and sisters that she was the baby of the family. She wouldn't grow old with the love of her life, Stephen. But she would fight. And fight she has. We have shared four incredible years with her since that diagnosis that have been a very special blessing. Then in December, things took a turn for the worse. Sandi decided to pursue a permanent ventilator thinking it just may increase her chances to have a little more time in the life she so loves. To our great sorrow, it was not to be and she has never quite been the same. She has sat at death's door step many times in the last 4 months but each time her will wins and her strength overcomes and she is with us a little longer. Her husband and son brought her home from the hospital to try and grant her last wish to live and die at home where she belongs. They depend on volunteer family & friends to help with the 24 hour care that is necessary to provide a ventilated, feeding tube patient with no mobility safe and efficient care and safe enviroment. The insurance company will only pay for 16 hours of nurse care for 100 days which runs out in May. Although keeping her with us another day is our blessing, our hearts are heavy with that deadline when we may be forced to send her to a nursing home which she is adamently against. Our resources and funds are depleted so it is with heavy humble hearts that we pray that some other folks may want to become Sandi's Superstars and help to have her final wish at home. ALS has robbed her of the future she deserves and her future is a very small window, please help her to have dignity and be at home for this last journey in her life. If you cannot help financially, please say a prayer for my Aunt Sandi whom I love so dearly. Thank you.
Please send checks made payable to
Sandra & Stephen Thomas
c/o Amy Wiktor
15 Hickory Rd Binghamton, NY 13905
Or you may pay online via credit card on this site.
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