My name is Diane and Ken is my
Life-Partner. I will probably be posting for him from time to time
due to his eyes not being able to tolerate the backlight of the
monitor. He is down to about 20 minutes a day here because the
backlight makes him terribly sick and the dark glasses are helping less and less.
As many of you know, Ken's cancer has
just recently begun to spread to his right lymph node but his
Oncologist has assured us that this is 80 percent curative if he gets
the needed surgery in time.
Unfortunately, his 1100 dollar a month
SSI disability disqualifies him for Medicaid care and the local county
low-income insurance he was receiving. This leaves us with about 2
weeks to either raise enough money for at least the OR for the
surgery (we are hopeful of finding a surgeon to do the work pro bono)
or raise enough money for the entire procedure. We've spent hours
upon hours researching and contacting the links some of you have
provided but they are so limited in scope that 90 percent of them are
not helpful at all.
We are looking at two weeks, maybe
three before the cancer spreads past the point of surgery being an
option. After that, we've been told just to make him as comfortable
as possible until he passes. I'm not ready to accept that.
I know it's a lot of money but recently
a bus monitor was donated over a half million dollars in donations
for being harassed by a bus full of children. In only three hours, over 100 thousand dollars was raised yesterday to build a Tesla Museum. We only need to raise
a fraction of that to save a man's life. I think if the Linux community pulls together,
we can make this happen. Ken has done amazing things, not for himself, but for those that needed help the most. I have heard about a site called Reddit
that might be able to help but I have no idea how to access it or
post to it. Does anyone have a Reddit account that could pass this
Thomas A. Knight has put up a page that
tells Ken's story and he's volunteered to host the fund raising page
for this effort. Please help us by a small donation and spreading
the word. Ken's done magnificent work for the past 7 years in
getting Linux computers into the hands of poor children. I'm just
hoping that the community at large sees enough value in Ken to help
him beat this monster. Because, as it looks now, you are about the
only hope he has.
Ken will be 59 this coming September 2nd. I want him to be here to celebrate 60.
See Thomas' page here. If the page
times out, just hit F5 and it will connect, just be patient and from
the bottom of my heart, thank you.
We raised more than enough money, and to be honest, probably too much but you cannot stop the generosity of The Linux community. As outlined by Thomas in his originating blog, any extra money raised will go to fund Reglue.
Your generosity and sincere care for my well-being and the success of the Reglue project has left a strong, ever-lasting fortress within my heart. A place, that no matter how crappy life can seem, I can go to refresh my outlook on humanity and the warmth generated by your presence.
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