Fund for Jane

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This month, you can help donate money to my friend Jane just by visiting this blog. I have a couple advertisements on my blog, and the revenue I receive from them is tied to how many hits my blog (not the ad itself) receives. I plan on donating 100% of my revenue for December to my friend Jane.

So, who is Jane, and why am I giving her money? Jane is a friend of mine from high school. She moved to Nashville to attend law school and while she was there, she got bitten by a poisonous brown recluse spider, on each of her legs. That tiny, stupid spider caused an insane amount of damage. Join me in saying “F YOU, SPIDER!”

For well over three years, Jane has been dealing with the repercussions of the bites, including infections, the triggering of an autoimmune disease that nearly killed her, countless blood and iron transfusions, 19 surgeries, and losing 40 lbs. She has been in and out of the hospital numerous times and she’s currently there for a two month stint—covering Thanksgiving, her birthday, and Christmas. Feeding tube in place, more transfusions, the works.

Jane has always been a huge sports fan, and a really devoted soccer player. Since the bites, she can’t play sports at all. She passed the Bar, but she hasn’t been able to practice law a single day. Her parents have been paying all her medical bills, which as you can imagine, have surmounted to quite a bit—especially because in the beginning she was an uninsured college student and later had, you guessed it, a pre-existing condition. Her dad had a stroke earlier this year, rendering him unable to work, and her mom is on leave from work right now, staying with Jane. Obviously, they can use all the help they can get.

Being unemployed myself (hooray, grand-funded positions!) this is the best way I can think to help Jane out. I know I have some really amazing readers that want to help her, too. You don’t have to do anything but visit this blog; maybe pop out of your Reader every once in a while, instead of viewing all the posts in there—at least this month. That’s it. Well, okay, you could maybe tell some friends and family, too, so they can also visit the blog. 🙂 I know that Jane and her family will really appreciate it.

If you would rather donate directly to Jane, you can do so by visiting this site and clicking on the donate button. If you are in MI, let me know if you are interested in attending a fundraiser, or in donating blood at a drive some friends are organizing, in honor of Jane. 

Fund for Jane

26 thoughts on “Fund for Jane

  1. refresh! refresh! refresh!

    sorry that happened to your friend! it’s crazy!!!

    I’ll be sure to stop by as much as i can. be sure to tweet a lot about it for RT’s!

  2. Gosh, that’s horrible. If she’s here in Nashville and at the hospital that I would imagine she would be at (i.e., where I work), I could go visit her if you’d like. Just shoot me an e-mail if that might be okay with her/her family.

  3. What a horrible thing to happen. Such small insects that caused a huge amount of damage! So thoughtful for you to do this, Elly. She has a wonderful friend in you. 🙂 I’ll be visiting a ton this month!

  4. Oh my goodness, my heart goes out to your friend Jane! But she is so lucky to have someone like you for support! Also, can we eliminate brown recluses like we eliminated smallpox?

  5. Ugh, reason #1547 why I loathe spiders!! F U SPIDER! Have posted this to my FB page as well and encourged all my FB friends to click for a good cause. I have family who live in TN, scary. Many thoughts of health and peace to your friend!

  6. p.s. I hope it’s okay….I posted a little blurby on my blog encouraging readers to click through to your blog for some clicks for a good cause. This story hits home for me…my family lives in TN, waaay out in the woods, so I just feel compelled to do what I can to help out. My ad revenue was (quite literally) 84 cents for September because I’m still just starting out, but I hope the people who do stop by my blog will also click through to yours. I hope you get lots and lots of click-throughs from all sources this month for Jane!

  7. I hate spiders, but I hate insurance companies more. I was an uninsured college student and had some troubles and tried to get insurance but then had a pre-existing condition as well so I know how troublesome that can be. I can’t imagine having all those medical bills on top of that. I will definitely keep her in my prayers and spread the word to stop by and visit your blog.

  8. Hi Elly. Love your blog!
    You are a good pal to post for Jane.
    I am going to keep coming back here for sure.

    BTW – I have another friend that blogs about delicious things. I posted your site link to her. Here is Ali (spoken as “Alley”)’s blog


  9. Thank you for doing this! I will definitely be back to suport this cause! As a fellow person with a “prexisting condition”, I’m particularly sympathetic to situations like these 🙁 Thank you for helping to raise awareness!!

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