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Many people have asked what we need, or what they can do to help. We really appreciate all of the offers and kind words and thoughts. During Meagan's illness, volunteers provided meals for our family four days a week. At a time when we have a lot of appointments to keep and our hands full, having dinner provided was a huge help.
Financially, health insurance covered essentially all
of Meagan's traditional medical treatments. We're very grateful for
that--a five day dose of Meagan's chemotherapy cost over $3,000, essentially
all of which is covered. Alternative treatments were paid for out
of pocket and through donations kindly made by family and friends. That
was a blessing.
Eileen Sterns McCornack has put together a CD of harp
and piano music recorded on Meagan's 14th birthday. It's stunning; a real
testament to her musicianship. The title track, Moonsilver
(copyright 2003 Eileen McCornack), can be heard here on the Web site.
Click on the title to hear the song (warning: it's a 2 MB download which
will take a while if you're using a phone line). If you'd like a copy
of the CD, e-mail Eileen for
pricing and availability.
So many people have helped us it's hard to know where to start being
grateful. Liz Kennedy and Julie Dybdahl have been, respectively, our
coordinator and spokesperson and have given immeasurably of themselves.
It's difficult to imagine getting through this without them. The First
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor along with Eastern Michigan
University's department of teacher education provided volunteer support
to make sure we had meals and that our household kept running. Over
one hundred people stepped forward to volunteer to help. Financially,
there have been donations by friends and family which have helped us
to cover the costs of alternative treatments and of traveling for consultations.
Brian Filipiak has been a big help in getting and keeping meaganscorner.org
running. At every step of the way there have people ready to help us;
it has reaffirmed our faith in our community. We are so grateful for
all of the help we've received.