Hello, I am Opal Lewis and my family needs your support to cover our travel expenses to and from medical surgeries.

I lost my Job and am trying to get a job now. The Husband/Father left us and provides no support.

My daughter has been sick for several years and has had numerous surgeries. She has a rare illness called Mens syndrome and Cushings and there are a lot of complications.

We have been to a lot of Doctors and she is now being treated by a brain tumor specialists in Houston. We live 4 hours NORTH in Jacksonville.

We have asked family, friends, and churches but no one is stepping forth with funds at this time. My son, JOE lives with us and he was working, but started having seizures and can no longer work now either.

We feel like the walls are falling in on us. Our daughter has suffered for a long time  and she is in so much pain all the time that she can not do much herself.

I work as much as i can and will do almost anything, so if there is anyone that will help and I can work for them please let me know! I can clean almost anything, cater,do office help, or assisted living type of work.  I can do a lot of things. I also believe that we are to work to please God, so I put 110 percent into whatever I do.

I just want our daughter April and son Joe to get better. Joe is out of his medicine and we can’t buy it right now, so I’m praying he dosen’t have seizures.

Thank you very much to anyone who can help.

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Interview QnA with Helping Hands Network

1. what you have tried for funding? (What government programs are you on and what are and are they not doing for you? Media/churches/everyone including Medicare/caid welfare/food bank, unemployment checks etc.)

HELPING

FOOD STAMPS – as of today we will get food stamps on the 3rd
MEDICAID -3 prescriptions a month,all medical bills
UNEMPLOYMENT – Will start getting unemployment of 125 a week on the 30th

NOT HELPING (get us contact email/phone #s so we can complain to them)

Fellowship church- no funds
Central baptist church -hung up on me
hope-no funds
still need to try food bank
ketknbc-no answer
kltv-said they dont do stories like this
family -no funds
internet-a lot said they will pray

2. Why are you coming up short? (Why you have expenses beyond your means)

I lost my Job and am trying to get a job now.  My son JOE, started having seizures and can no longer work now either. The husband/father does not help us.

3. Please explain the health details?

My daughter has been sick for several years and has had numerous surgeries. She has a rare illness called Mens syndrome and Cushings and there are a lot of complications.

We have been to a lot of Doctors and she is now being treated by a brain tumor specialists in Houston. We live 4 hours NORTH in Tyler.

4. What have family and friends already done and not done?

We have asked family, friends, and churches but no one is stepping forth with funds at this time.

UNTIL 9/1 when people started listening.Read this wonderful update from funding team leaders Joe Lovell and Allison Jones in East Texas.

Hey guys! I just wanted to give everyone an update on my friend Opal and her daughter April. I also wanted to say THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for donating and praying.
To date, April and Opal have been in Houston this week for testing and the doctors have decided they need to remove the tumor in April’s brain. While it is not malignant, it is pressing on the brain and causing problems. However, the doctors do believe a tumor on her pancreas IS malignant and are running more tests.
April and Opal are staying at the Salvation Army downtown, and while it is not the best place in the world, God is protecting them and they are doing well.
On the way to Houston, their alternator went out (but was fixed) and while they have been in Houston, they lost the tread on one of their tires and ended up needing three new tires.
Needless to say, this situation has not been stress-free and they continue to face some tough challenges ahead, but GOD IS GOOD and HE is protecting them.
And for the best news so far, my friend Joe and I, with the help of our amazing friends and family, and some we don’t even know, we have been able to raise over $1200 so far!!!!!!!!! This is more than I was even hoping for and have been so amazed by everyone’s generosity. Even friends I haven’t seen in 15-20 years have stepped forward to help. I can’t say thank you enough….you will never know how much it has meant to this family to know that there are still people in this world who are giving, loving people to others in need.
As I said, this family has a long road ahead and we are hoping to continue to go above and beyond to make the process a little better for them. Donations are still appreciated, and please pray pray pray for a miracle for April!

Checks payable to: Joe Lovell for April Lewis Fund. Chase Bank account # 978581049. Routing # 111000614 or mail to Allison Jones 16691 Lafourche Dr. Tyler, TX 75703

UPDATES:

9/15/11 – today April is having a biopsy done on her pancreas ,She will be having Brain surgery Monday,need all ur prayers,thank u -Opal

9/19/11 – Tumor encroaching the carotid artery.  Close call but April is out of surgery (thank GOD) and is in ICU. One battle won today but not out of the woods yet. Please keep praying!!!

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HELP Opal Lewis get to her families medical surgeries by donating at:

Checks payable to: Joe Lovell for April Lewis Fund. Chase Bank account # 978581049. Routing # 111000614 or mail to Allison Jones 16691 Lafourche Dr. Tyler, TX 75703

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