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Chaplain Gail who helps so many, now needs your help as she faces open heart surgery. Please help Gail meet her co-payment for the surgery.

During her recent annual checkup the doctor found a problem with Chaplain Gail's heart.  Two days later Gail received a cardiac cateterizaiton, and learned the shocking news that she has two heart valves that need to be replaced, and one valve is leaking blood into her body.  There is also some damage to the heart wall.  Gail needs open heart surgery as soon as possible.

Gail has good insurance and enough vacation time saved up to take time off from work, but the large copayments requried for her to have the surgery are far beyond Gail's ability to pay. Please help us raise money to allow Gail's surgery to be scheduled, and help Gail get the healing she needs. 

Chaplain Gail Torres is an integral member of the healthcare team at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), and provides pastoral/spiritual care for patients, family and staff. In the often stressful and demanding healthcare environment, Chaplain Gail is an understanding friend and confidant. (If more funds are raised than are needed for Gail's medical co-payments, Gail will donate the extra to the Helping Hands for Employees program at MIHS).

One patient’s family member recently wrote to Gail to say, “Thank you for being my soft spot to fall, my family away from family”.

Won't you please help be Gail's "soft spot to fall" in her time of need? Thank you !


Gail has four children and four grandchildren.  She also has three rescue animals (1 dog, 2 cats).  She is a member of Living Streams Church in Phoenix, and co-leader of a weekly faith based Grief Group with Rev. Noel Gerlich.  She also facilitated a faith-based cancer support group at St. Francis Zavier Church for 4 years.   

Gail loves to teach adult learners.  When not working, she loves to read, lunch with dear friends and watch movies.  Until she got sick, she frequently walked Squaw Peak, and has participated in the HeartWalk each year since 2004. Someday, when she retires, Gail hopes to be a Chaplain who responds to emergencies and disasters in the U.S. and abroad.

Chaplain Gail Torres holds a doctorate in Christian Education, and is a Board Certified Chaplain and Teaching Chaplain with Healthcare Chaplain Ministry Association (HCMA), Certified Victim Chaplain with Victim Relief Ministries, Certified Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team member, Ordained Minister through Mountain View Christian Church in Phoenix, Member of Healing Through the Body of Christ ministry to cancer patients, and Volunteer Chaplain with Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. Gail served at St. Lukes hospital in Phoenix, Banner Baywood Heart and Medical Center, and is currently working at Maricopa Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)


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