I’ve written before about our extended group of friends – our “framily” – and how close we all are. We’re a wide-ranging and well-traveled bunch, so like any family there are branches we don’t see as often. And on one of those branches of our framily tree is a Treefrog. Her real name is Gail and, although I haven’t had the chance to get to know her as well as I’d like, I have greatly enjoyed every chance I’ve had to sit and chat with her. She is kind, giving, loving, honest, smart and funny – all the things I think are most important in a friend. She’s such a good friend that she was in the final steps to donate one of her kidneys to another friend of hers. It was during the associated testing that doctors discovered a large mass in her stomach and recommended immediate major surgery to remove it.
It’s scary, because she seemed to be in perfect health. I mean, you can’t even make it to the testing phase of kidney donation if you’re in poor health. And she’s one of those people who you can’t really imagine getting sick – she’s the one who should show up with a big bowl of soup and a neti pot. So it’s not surprising that our framily is rallying around her and Rod, trying to help ease some of the financial burden medical bills are now creating.
So please, take a moment and visit the Gail Karuna-Vetter Medical Fund and consider donating if you can. You can donate as little as $10. And whether you can donate or not, please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or whatever other social media you can. As of this writing they’ve raised $150 of a $2,500 initial goal, so anything you can do to help (including spreading the word) is greatly appreciated.