Thursday, December 11, 2008

Carole Stites-Luka

Raising Hope, Changing Lives Loving wife, mother and grandmother Fall 2008

Dear Friend, What if you were living on borrowed time?

Carole Stites-Luka is.
This devoted wife, mother and grandmother went to the doctor in June 2008 for a routine check-up. Blood work revealed abnormal liver functions. After undergoing further tests, Carole was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts. There is no cure for her disease, and doctors say her only hope is a liver transplant.

Carole's life has undergone drastic changes in the short time since her diagnosis. Her health has rapidly declined, forcing her to retire from her job as a school crossing guard, a position she held for 22 years. She has also spent the past 30 years working at a flea market, and she's had to give that up too.

Despite her illness, Carole has high hopes for the future. She looks forward to the lifesaving transplant that will give her the energy to fully enjoy life again. But she needs your help. Unfortunately, Carole's hope for a new life comes at a very high price. A liver transplant costs approximately $500,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health insurance, Carole will face significant medical expenses. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month—and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself. It is estimated that in the short term, Carole will need at least $50,000 to cover her medical expenses.

To make matters worse, her husband, Daniel, was recently laid off from his job. He has postponed his job search until after her transplant, so he can accompany her to the many doctors' appointments she requires. The family will have to temporarily relocate to Minnesota to be near the transplant center, further adding to their financial burdens.

What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others? The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for Carole and her family. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with advocacy and fundraising support for more than 25 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide Carole with the financial support she desperately needs.

You can help in the following ways: Send a tax-deductible donation in the self-addressed envelope using the enclosed donation form, via check or credit card. Please make your check payable to NFT Pennsylvania Liver Fund. Remember to write "in honor of Carole Stites-Luka" on the memo line. Visit to make a secure online donation. Click on Patients We Help and search for Carole Stites-Luka. If you have any questions about NFT, their services or volunteering, feel free to contact the NFT staff at 800-489-3863.

Many Thanks,

P.S. What if Carole were your sister? Your mother? Your wife? Please send your gift today!


Loretta said...

aww i am so sorry to hear about this, if i had money i would donate some to her but i am broke.
I wanted to post to say i will keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

laace said...

Carole is my sister-n-law's mother, and my friend. A better person you will never find. She is so generous and has such a big heart. The things listed here that she has done for other people are only some, as she has done so much more. For this to happen to her is breaking my heart. It is difficult to see her so sad now and losing hope.

Tackyhandmade said...

I donated thru paypal! So glad I could help.

laace said...

I made a donation thru paypal, it wasn't much, but every little bit will help Carole. She is also in my prayers everyday.
Hang in there Carole.

Anonymous said...

wow $500,000 is alot of money for a transplant.
I hope and pray that the donations will help in her having the transplant done.

Liver4Carole said...

All it takes is one person giving and then it mushrooms from there, just $50,000.00 people giving only $10.00 will get Carole the help she needs, or $20,000.00 people giving $25.00, etc.

So, lets not worry about the amount, just spread the word and let god take over!