Kellie Kickin’ Cancer
July 17, 2009Dear Friends:As many of you are aware, our granddaughter/niece/friend, Kellie Duggan, was diagnosed this past February withmetastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma at the young age of 20. This is a rare and highly aggressive form of bone cancer that hasrequired Kellie to be in the hospital and a rehabilitative center since her diagnosis. Due to the extent of the cancer,Kellie still faces a minimum of 6+ months of chemotherapy and rigorous physical rehabilitation. Despite all of this, sherecently received some good news---her treatments have made progress and she is going home.Kellie’s cancer began in her spine so as of right now, Kellie is unable to walk. Her treatment includes intensivephysical therapy to regain the use of her lower extremities. These treatments, once she comes home, are done on anoutpatient basis and very few sessions will be covered by insurance. Also, significant modifications need to be made toKellie’s home in order for her to safely and comfortably live there.We truly appreciate the love and support all of you have provided to Kellie, her family and each of us over these pastfew months. As we continue down this difficult road, we are asking for your support one more time. This time, thesupport we are asking for is financial. Together with many other people who love Kellie and her family, we havevowed to help offset the tremendous financial burden that this catastrophic illness has caused them. They are notasking for this help—but as Kellie and her family have shown to many of us over the years through their lifecommitment to social work, no one should have to face such a burden alone.The following are the things that need to be in place in order to make Kellie’s time at home comfortable andproductive:
—Kellie’s home will need extensive work, including: a lift to get Kellie from the first to thesecond floor; a ramp for her to access the house; modifications to the bathroom for Kellie to be able to enter and exit inher wheelchair (estimated costs between $15k and $25k);
Medical equipment not covered by insurance
—this will include things such as a specialized wheelchair(approximately $5k); a medical alert system ($1k); a hospital bed ($2k); a van that could transport her in her wheelchair($20k-$32k); and other specialized equipment;
—the insurance that Kellie has covers very few of these appointments, and once these sessions areexhausted her family will be required to pay this expense out of pocket ($100.00 per session).