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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/12

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This is the Rick Lee End Stage Heart fund.. The funds will be used for medical costs, food, help find insurance,pay caregivers.

Rick has always been a devoted father, grandfather and partner as will as an extremely hard worker. He never missed a day of work in over 25 years with his company. He worked in the food industry deliverying food to restaurants, schools, hospitals and many other industries. He has been known to give his last penny to someone in need of a meal or other cause. He has been an avid caretaker of rescued animals and their medical care regardless of the cost.He has love for all and has spent countless hours donating his time in past years as a coach of little league baseball, football and basketball. He is an avid lover of Hockey and Nascar. He has never met a stranger. When his dtr in law was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago he was a tremendous support in her care. He has always been slow to anger and quick to forgive and FORGET!.  Last year he was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe Heart Disease and underwent extensive open heart surgery after never having been hospitalized in his life That too he endured without complaint as he has never wanted to be a burden..Soon afterhis surgery he also developed Diabetes requiring insulin several times daily.. He was let go from his job of well over 25 years because he was not allowed to drive since his condition now requires insulin and he suffers from severe chest paindaily without complaint. He begged to continue work yet his employers had NO JOB for him. Again he endured this, the loss of his beloved job, his co-workers and clients without complaint because that is the kind of man he is., even though the loss of his job meant total loss of income, insurance and a small retirement plan he desperately needed. Several months after surgery it was discovered that 6 of his 8 heart grafts had closed and there is no further surgery that can be done. He has now gone from an independent man who would do anything for another human or animal to being dependent on others for his daily care. Rick has now exhausted all his finances on the exorberient medical expenses as has his small family. Because of his heart problems he is now developing memory problems and because of constant chest pain he can now only rarely watch his grandchildren play sports which his biggest joy aside from helping others and fishing. His medical and personal expenses continue to mount and he is not eligible for insurance due to the extent of his medical problems. We are unsure of the time he has left with us as his only treatment is now medications which he cannot afford . We are asking for help for this man who has always had a Huge Heart for others in need yet is to proud to ask for the help he now needs to keep him alive as long as possible so that he may enjoy the love of his family for whom he has given so much with his easy going, mild mannered ways. Thank you in advance for helping in anyway you can as he has always done with others. He desperately needs his continued medical care, medications, special foods and caregivers to help keep him with us a little longer. 

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