Ail­ing fa­ther of three needs an or­gan trans­plant

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Rox­anne’s days and nights are full of work — wait­ing on cus­tomers in the store where she works dur­ing the Christ­mas rush and re­turn­ing home late each evening to care for her three chil­dren.

Her hus­band, Jerry, has been very sick for a long, long time.

The fam­ily has spent a lot of their in­come on med­i­ca­tion and treat­ments to make Jerry bet­ter. For a while, they helped.

Even so, Jerry’s sit­u­a­tion be­came grad­u­ally worse, and he stopped work­ing. His health has con­tin­ued a slow de­cline.

Re­cently, doc­tors have said an or­gan trans­plant is the only hope for Jerry to live a nor­mal life.

Be­cause of fi­nances, the or­gan trans­plant process and the costs of such a surgery in Mary­land, Jerry has left the fam­ily and moved to an­other state in hopes of bet­ter chances of get­ting the trans­plant.

Jerry needed a lot of care when he was at home, but now that he is gone, Rox­anne is very de­pressed.

She misses her hus­band and finds the life of con­stant work, liv­ing on a shoe­string and car­ing for the chil­dren harder and harder to take.

She has no car or trans­porta­tion, so she walks to work every day from their home in the south of Eas­ton to the store where she works on U.S. Route 50, then walks back home every evening af­ter dark.

Rox­anne tries not to de­spair but won­ders what is go­ing to be­come of them.

For her the ap­proach­ing hol­i­days un­for­tu­nately have filled her with dread — a re­minder that they are not very well off and the frag­ile lives that they are lead­ing. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Rox­anne and her three chil­dren get through this dif­fi­cult hol­i­day sea­son. Tax-de­ductible do­na­tions, which also help other fam­i­lies in need on the Mid-Shore, may be sent to: The Brighter Christ­mas Fund, c/o The Star Demo­crat, P.O. Box 600, Eas­ton, MD 21601. Do­na­tions also may be made on­line at www. brighter­christ­mas­fund.org. Click the “Do­nate” but­ton.

The to­tal to date is: $101,774.08.

Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude: Jack and Joan Hen­nessey Dale and Gail Nagel J. Court and Cather­ine Steven­son Mr. Young’s Al­ge­bra 1 Class at Eas­ton High School Jon and Kelly Ekroos Frank Fendler Emory and Vicki Tate Sean Mallin In lov­ing mem­ory of Jim Peter­son from his fam­ily Carolyn Greene Peter and Bev­erly Rohman Colin and Ju­dith Macin­doe Bryan and Lori Blaze­jak Carl and Nan­nie Doll Ann Marvin Robert and Lynda Wil­lard Wil­low Con­struc­tion, LLC In honor of Braden, Darin, Kaleb, Shelby, Ella and Piper Michael and Janet Fried­berg In thanks­giv­ing for our grand­chil­dren Gavr­cel and River In mem­ory of Marie Vansant and Goldey Vansant, Sr. and loved ones Mur­ray and Su­san Saru­bin Cooper and Te­bow Sarah Stoner In mem­ory of Char­lotte Krebs In mem­ory of our mom, Louise Cop­per Mills Neil and Celia Hamil­ton Don­ald and Bev­erly O’Brien In mem­ory of Lil­lian Shan­holtzer, Charles Tay­lor and Leo and Hazel Fike Diana and Sher­wood John­son

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