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Thursday, December 15, 2016

An Update and a Special Plea

First of all, a very big thank you to all of you who have donated to Suzanne’s Eye Surgery GoFundMe fundraiser.  You are awesome. 

Some of us are not able to donate to a cause like this.  But, there is still something you can do to help us.  If you have a blog, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, or any other type of social media outlet, you could still help us us. 

Quite frankly, the reach of our blogs and other social media outlets is quite limited.  Would you please take the time to make a post on some, if not all, of your social media outlets to promote this campaign?

Here are the details. 

This past Monday, 12 December 2016, Suzanne went to the vision center at our local Walmart and had her eyes tested.  By her next birthday, she has to renew her driver’s license. We knew her vision had gotten bad over the last few years and that she might have a problem passing the eye test for her license.

The optometrist saw cataracts in both eyes.  Suzanne is completely blind in one eye and has been since she was very young.

The optometrist suggested that we see to surgery right away.  The sooner we do this, the better chances there are to restore her sight.

If we don’t get the surgery for her, this may well be the last Christmas she gets to see the pretty Christmas lights and other decorations.  It is that serious. 

I called the only ophthalmologist we know. Her office gave me a ballpark figure.  They referred me to the local hospital who also gave me a ballpark figure.  They put me in touch with the anesthesiologist who was very non-committal, but gave me a ballpark figure as well.

We really are dealing with a guesstimate here.  The costs could be higher.  Of course, we may find a program that will take care of this for us.

In the recent past, we have applied for Medicaid and Indigent Care.  We are told that we don’t qualify for either.

Our monthly income is $1221 in Social Security Disability (SSDI).  This will go up to $1225 in January 2017.

We receive $99 in food stamps (SNAP) each month.  This will go down to $97 in January due to the increase in the SSDI.    From time to time, we will get a few cents (literally less than $1) in royalties from the sale of one of our books. 

We have a YouTube channel that is generating ad income at the rate of about $1 per month. So far we have earned a total of $9.80 from YouTube.  They will not pay out until we reach $100.

You could help us there, too, if you would please watch ourvideos and let the advertisements play.  I am not asking you to watch any advertisements that you feel would be inappropriate. 

But, if you will please, watch the advertisements in their entirety and let the whole video play completely.  This will help.

Please, don’t use any automatic reloader to replay the ads.  YouTube has programs in place to guard against this.  Please actually watch the ads and videos. Someone thought they were helping us by doing this and YouTube took away all the revenue generated by those views. 

If you can donate, please do.  If you would like to download the graphic I created for the GoFundMe account to use to link to the fund, feel free to do so.  The widgets on the GoFundMe site don’t seem to work for us.

Again, thank you for all your support.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We are praying for a miracle.  God can do this.  You can help.  Please promote this on all your social media.

Just so you know, GoFundMe charges us a 30¢ fee per donation along with 7.9% of the donation.

Thank you.
David E. McClendon.

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