When I Tell You About an Old Friend

Josh and Katie

It wasn’t too long ago that I heard the strikingly bad news. About an old friend, one of the first I made upon entering youth group back in middle school. Katie Jenkins, now Katie Reid, has been diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma, a rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer. She was diagnosed only halfway through her first year of marriage. I heard yesterday that she was recently let go from her job and is now facing loss of her health insurance in the next two weeks. Which means that she will no longer be able to afford treatment – unless we step in to help

Katie’s friends are posting all sorts of Facebook statuses and blog updates, rallying together on her behalf as they petition others for their prayers and monetary help. I remember Katie fondly despite us losing touch awhile back. Her close friends know the situation best, so allow me to redirect you to their commentary.

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Cara Joyner wrote yesterday: 

Together, let’s get involved in Katie and Josh’s story through the following steps…

1. Read their story posted below.

2. Pray for full and complete healing.

3. Donate something. Anything! $10, $50, $100, $1000. Only you know what you are able to give. Prayers are powerful, but please don’t stop there. Any gift you have to give will help as they fight to keep her insurance and tackle the pile of medical bills they are now facing.

4. Tell your friends. Post their donation page on your facebook wall. Email it out to your office. Re-post this blog on your wordpress page. Let’s rally behind Katie and Josh as they fight together.

Thank you now for each way you choose to help these dear friends!

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From Katie’s donation page

Katie and her husband, Josh, were living the blissful newlywed life when they received the tragic news that Katie has severe adrenocortical carcinoma, a rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer. Although the odds were stacked against her, Katie decided from day one to fight the illness with the utmost bravery and strength. She dove straight into a grueling treatment plan filled with chemotherapy and a variety of other medications, all of which started to take a serious toll on her body within a matter of days. Between the cancer and the side effects of treatment, Katie’s physical condition deteriorated rapidly. 

For the first couple months, Katie fought through her debilitating condition and insisted on working at her job as much as possible. When doctors and loved ones encouraged her to stay home, she remained adamant that she would continue working. Eventually, however, the cancer made it impossible for Katie to continue working and she was forced to take time away in order to give her body the rest it desperately needed.

At first, Katie was told she would remain employed and that she would not have to worry about losing her insurance coverage (which covers the experimental treatment she is currently undergoing). However, Katie found out recently that she has been let go from her job. As a result, Katie’s insurance coverage will run out at the end of November unless she is able to afford the cost of maintaining her plan.

Katie’s current health insurance plan is vital in her fight against cancer. But with a sea of medical bills already piled high, she and Josh are going to have a hard time coming up with the funds needed for maintaining Katie’s insurance. Without health insurance, paying for Katie’s treatment would be next to impossible.

Please help make it possible for Katie to afford her health insurance and medical expenses. No donation is too small and every little bit is helpful. Katie is fighting every day to stay alive. Let’s ease her burden by doing what we can to ensure her the best treatment possible. Thank you in advance for your support!

How it works:
All donations go directly to Katie and Josh as soon as the donation is made. They receive the donation in full.

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