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.