Scott & Sunny

Scott & Sunny

Thursday, February 5, 2009

As you may have noticed we have added a new gizmo to the blog. I know you are only here because you care about Scott and his welfare and I know that you would all help if you could. I also know that many of you have already been kind (given us big checks!) in helping us through these tough times. There is also the harsh reality that not only are we skint, but you are too. However the elephant is in the room, please feel free to ignore it. Should you wish to help, it is there, ready and waiting.
Any money we receive will be put towards medical bills and prescriptions. We have good insurance but a high deductable ($4000) AND co-pay ($2000). And whilst Scott may be approaching the end of treatment we will still have off-treatment bills of $6000 in the coming year for such things as breathing treatments, monthy labs and hopefully, the removal of his port. As Scott was diagnosed just prior to the end of the finanical health year then we are responsible for 4 full years of payments. Incidentals (gas/petrol/non presciption drugs such as pro-biotics, immodium and benadryl/treats/bribes at hospital/craving weeks!! etc) easily run to $1500 a year. I wanted to lay this out here so you dont think I'm pulling any old exaggerated number out of my head. If all goes well (no relapse) then this leukemia will have cost in excess of $30,000.
We had hoped , and had promised ourselves, that we would never have to do this. Thank you and sorry for such blatant squirming and begging.

28 comments:

PsychoAtheist said...

I know it's not much but I hope my $5 from damp and drizzly UK helps a little.

Rainedaye said...

I added my little bit too. Thanks to Pharyngula I found this site. Who among the godless can resist helping one in need?

jimvj said...

Praise be to Pharyngula for getting the word out. I hope you have great success in your treatment.

Here's to more funding for basic research that will lead to better cures for ALL diseases, and to the USA eventually getting a good (single payer preferably) Universal Healthcare system.

Robert Thille said...

I got here from Pharyngula, I'm an Atheist and I kicked in $50.

joydentity said...

An atheist med student here in Ireland, via Pharyngula. I have very little cash but I'll give what I can as often as I can. Stay strong!

Advertising said...

As the mother of a small child, all I can say is, I hope what I've donated helps.

Best wishes,

Lisa

The Lost Thing said...

I got here via Pharyngula as well. I chipped in $10; not much, but I hope it helps a bit.

My brother was diagnosed with leukemia in 1986. He'll turn 36 in May. Keep fighting.

josh said...

Another Pharyngulite chipping in a measly $10. Sorry I can't afford much at the moment, but I hope that given a bunch of small donations we might actually make a difference! Best of wishes to you.

PeterKarim said...

I got here from Pharyngula too.

Chipped in $10, from sunny (at least today) Denmark.

Fight on trooper.

Cokehead said...

Wanted to express my support, even though I can't do anything (jobless, back with my parents.) I hope your situation improves. The godless are fairly generous, so hopefully we'll help you cope the way humans do.

Apologies for only offering moral support, but the budget's tight as it is.

Rachel Wells said...

With love from an australian pharyngulite. Hope my little contribution helps.

Kevin said...

Another Pharyngula traveler, bearing a small donation.

Pandora said...

We don't know each other, and we probably never will, but I wanted to show my support for a fellow in need.

You might also want to check out www.ModestNeeds.org. It is a place to apply for small grants for things.

Warm wish,
Grace

SueinNM said...

Another Pharungulite from windy New Mexico with a donation. Best of luck to you.

David said...

Hi all you folks from over at Pharyngula. I am David Walker, Scott's stepdad. My wife Stephanie is the one whom got in touch with PZ about our situation.

Your support is amazing and trust me, every little bit does in fact help. And for those of you who are also in the midst of financial struggles, someone has mention simply signing up for the bone marrow registry. You never know who you may be a match for, and can save a life.

There are some comments on PZ's board wondering if we are "real" people (and yes, this is the web, I'm just as skeptical about such things). We are very real, as is Scott's battle.

If anyone wants to converse via email, please feel free to email me at dwalker113 <@> tampabay.rr.com

Aaron said...

Here from Pharyngula -- Just left you $10. Give your kid a hug from us (my family and I).

dna said...

Can't afford a lot but I certainly have an extra $25.00 (just would have spent it on books I have no room for, anyway). All the best to you and your family.

gm said...

I also followed the link from Pharyngula, thank you, PZ, and I'm just sorry my donation couldn't be higher. Greetings to Scott!

PharmDude said...

I sent an e-mail out to my friends and family with a link to this site. Hopefully they will do the same to their friends and family and you will get some more help. Stay strong.

Wim said...

Hi guys,

Over from Pharyngula. I chipped in with $100. Hope it helps.

paddy said...

Another one from Pharyngula and I threw in a 20. Best of luck!

Ram said...
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Ram said...

Another Pharyngula Redirect. I sent in $51.00 and I really wish I can do more. My sincerest wishes and hopes for a successful treatment and recovery.

(Sorry about my previous post. Hit Publish instead of Preview)

missy said...

Our son is 10 and there are no words for what I would feel in your place; I wish I could send more than just $20 and all our best wishes.

My family is a veritable roundup of cancer survivors, from melanoma to esophygeal to lymphoma - treatments today are amazing. Keep up the fight.

mandydax said...

PZ says to donate, and so we do. ;) I think the Pharyngula bump should help. I'm glad PZ only uses his powers for good. I hope all our little bits add up.

Tell Scott we're all rooting for him!

Tim said...

Without wanting to sound like a broken record, I've also popped over from PZ's blog.

I hate kids so I'm not planning on having any of my own - so I figured I might as well give some of the money I'll save to yours.

Janet said...

Found you through Pharyngula. Hope my little bit can help! My uncle died from Leukemia before I was even born. Stay strong and cherish every moment.

Ema said...

Found out through Pharyngula.
A measly $5 for now! I hope to be back soon with some more donations.
I'm also signed up for the bone marrow registry here in Ontario - I hope to one day help someone just like Scott.

Best wishes -- stay strong Scott!