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This fundraiser ended on 11/30/10

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The family and friends of Tania Figueroa are uniting to raise money to help her with her medical and recovery costs after her accident.

For those who don’t know Tania the way her friends, family and community members do, Tania’s been dedicated to helping those less fortunate for years as a city social worker. She has volunteered for many organizations in Santa Barbara and is currently on the executive board of The Young Leaders Society that finds ways to make a difference in people’s lives through community initiatives.

Two months ago she left on a five month trip to Africa that included teaching in a local school, building roads and teaching horticultural sustainability in Kenya. During an excursions she fell from the ledge of a cliff and (although she was wearing a helmet) she landed on her face, elbow, and exposed forehead. She was left with a fractured skull along with a broken nose and cheek and a shattered elbow. All the doctors say she is incredibly lucky that she does not have any brain damage or lost eye sight and will still have the ability to walk and talk.

Her insurance would not cover, and the hospitals in Africa refused to perform, the surgeries she needed while in Africa. Insurance did approve coverage in the U.S., so she rushed back to Santa Barbara with 30 straight hours of travel (with a broken face and elbow and fractured skull) for immediate surgery. The procedures require some highly specialized doctors for reconstruction on both her face (already complete) and elbow, and they are incredibly expensive.

Her insurance is not covering the hospital expenses in Africa which were extensive and, even with insurance covering part of the surgeries, the debt left behind after these highly specialized procedures is financially crippling with an estimated $15,000-$25,000 just for the co-pay. Her abrupt return leaves her without a job or place of permanent residence while going through a slow and painful recovery.

Luckily we live in an amazing community that seems to come together for those in need, and we ask that you support and give back to an active member of our community that has been selfless in her services to those less fortunate.
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