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This fundraiser ended on 09/30/12

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The family and friends of Maya Katich are uniting to help raise money for her medical and the living expenses for her 5 young children

Maya is a single mom with 5 kids living at home. She is a bright, bubbly woman who loves life and cherishes her children. She works full time at a dry cleaner close to her house, exposed to over 110 degree temperatures every day. This job doesn’t pay much and the company doesn’t offer health insurance but, to survive, she works every day without complaint. She does what she can to survive and keep a roof over her children’s heads and their tummies full. Roughly three weeks ago Maya’s legs started to swell up. She didn't want to go to the hospital because she doesn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford to take time off work without pay. The swelling got so bad last week, she couldn’t stand up, therefore her boss sent her to the emergency room. Initially, after some basic testing, they diagnosed her with congenital heart failure which they said could be resolved with medication and a change of lifestyle. Unfortunately, after a stress test and an angiogram, the diagnosis is much more serious and she needs open heart surgery. The doctors say she probably won’t be able to continue working a regular job and will have to go on disability. Unfortunately, that will take 3-6 months to be approved. Financially, this is a devastating blow to the family as we are struggling to make our own ends meet. Maya's children are at home alone and just started school this week. The oldest, Eddie, has been such a big help. He’s staying home with them to make sure the younger kids get off to school and preparing food to eat while their mom is away BUT with Mom in the hospital, no one is able to work to pay the rent. There is no telling if – or even when - Maya will be able to work again….the children really need help at this point. The funds raised will be going towards medical and living expenses to keep Maya’s children together. Maya is in desperate times. With no timetable of any sorts, this fund will help her children stay together as Maya recovers. Any and all help is appreciated.

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