CASE 67 • J and A are struggling with a situation familiar to many: cash crunch. The couple got by until last year — paying the mortgage and bills for the home they proudly call their own while providing for their four children. The money problems began with a car accident that injured J and saddled a family without health insurance with $12,000 in medical expenses. To help them get through this difficult period, the family would appreciate donations of clothing for an infant and two boys and financial assistance with their personal property taxes and medical bills.
CASE 68 • Cancer changes everything, and Ms. G has suffered a lot of changes. At 52, she’s in remission from uterine and breast cancer and was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. She just started chemo. She’s resolute, though, and doesn’t let it get her down, volunteering at her local community center and enjoying her time with friends. Ms. G’s daughter, L, and grandson, B, live with her. He has more troubles than an 11-year-old should – bowel disease, asthma, learning disabilities – and has been in the hospital four times this year. Ms. G’s daughter lost her full-time job, but works part-time. They need help with food, utilities and paying for medications, as well as clothing and basic household items, from sheets and towels to pots and pans. They’re hoping for Christmas gifts for B as well, for a little happiness this holiday season.
Profiles by Steve Giegerich and Sarah Bryan Miller of the Post-Dispatch
EDITOR'S NOTE: Case 68 has been updated with a case from the 2013 campaign. A prior version of the story incorrectly included a case that had been part of the 2012 campaign.