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And in case y'all haven't heard, I'm doing another fundraiser, and NO, it's NOT for me.
This is Leola "Lee" Kinchen, one of the most amazing human beings that I have ever met. She works part-time at the local Fred's Super Discount Store, and when I was dragged here three years ago, Lee was the first person here who actually BEFRIENDED me in this whole snotty-ass pretentious little hick town. To her, I wasn't a "freak" for my tats or my piercings or the bumperstickers on my truck. She was just as kind and funny and sweet as all get-out, with a huge dose of cayenne-hot smartass to balance it all out.
Contrary to popular belief, Neurofibromatosis is not "Elephant Man's disease." John Merrick actually had a combination of about 6 other diseases. But the NF-1 has suddenly blossomed a huge brain tumor in Lee's head that is pressing down on 8 of the 15 major nerve branches and blocking most of the major blood vessels. And she's still working.
That's how she lost her SSI/SSDI, Medicaid and Medicare, and if she waits until April or May when they MIGHT be able to work her into what's left of the Louisiana state hospital system, she'll be dead of a massive stroke.
There are many more details about Lee's story, and about Susan, her manager at Fred's and guardian angel, at the fundraiser blog. I don't want to hog the BlondeSense bandwidth, but I did want to give y'all an idea of what a powerful, inspirational, badass young woman it is that we're trying to save.
And NO, I won't be handling any of the money, so have no fear there. We all know that I was a Liberal Arts major and am still recovering from spine surgery, so at least I have enough sense not to make THAT mistake.
So thank you all for reading, for hanging in there with me for all of these years, and especially thanks to Liz, 'cause you never forget the people who hang with you through ALL of the shit, y'know?
Send donations to:
Fund For Leola Kinchen
Bank Of St. Francisville
P.O. Drawer 818
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Or click on PayPal Button at ForLeola.blogspot.com