Please Help Fred's Daughter, Pt. 2
Thu., Jan. 6. 2005 1:45am EST
Last week we included an urgent prayer and donations request for Beth Behanna, our former drummer Fred Behanna's 26-year-old daughter, who is in a life-and-death struggle with Hodgkin's Disease. In addition to mailing funds, you can now also make donations via PayPal.
The e-mail Beth's mother, JoAnn, has set-up for the PayPal contributions for Beth is: firstname.lastname@example.org . However if it is sent to email@example.com, JoAnn will be sure the funds get to Beth's benevolent fund also.
If you missed it last week, please read this email we just received from Fred (written by Beth's older sister, Brandy), and keep Beth in your prayers. Also, please consider sending a donation to help this poor young woman. Not only is timing crucial because of Beth's health, there is also a donor who will donate matching funds. Thank you.
Dec. 28, 2004
Dear Friends and Family,
This financial appeal is directed towards you as someone we believe could possibly and quickly help in an effort to provide what may be a life saving treatment for Beth Behanna, sister of Brandy Behanna-Glenn and a close friend of mine.
Beth, at age 21, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a year before her graduation from Washington and Jefferson College. Since then, she has undergone all cancer therapies available beginning with standard chemo and progressing to stem cells transplants, both with her own stem cells and with her sister Brandy's. After each therapy Beth suffered relapse after relapse. During periods of remission she enrolled in Pitt Law School where she has been a top student.
Beth has suffered greatly over these years, but has also strived to overcome the ravages of a horrible disease. This winter she has been faced with conventional medicine's last resort. She's been given the choice of another stem cell transplant, which could likely be fatal, or do nothing in which case on Nov.1st the doctors give her six months to live.
However another option has been presented, the cancer clinic at the Oasis of Hope hospital of Mexico. The Oasis is an approved member of the "American Hospital Association," and has treated over 100,000 patients since 1963. An initial consultation with the medical director has indicated that Beth is a candidate for their therapy. Studies done since 1981 have shown Oasis to have significantly higher survival rates; with 86% of patients outliving their prognosis.
Beth and her mom have committed to travel to the Oasis hospital for treatment as soon as possible, since time is of the essence. They are shooting for January 11, 2005, two weeks from today. Therefore, your decision concerning this request needs immediate attention. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the:
Free Methodist Church, (memo: Beth Behanna Benevolent Fund), 401 Second St., Monongahela, Pa 15063.
The total cost for this (last resort but very viable) treatment is $23,000 which includes transportation, housing and meals (provided by the hospital for Beth and her mom) as well as 5 years of follow up treatment as needed. While to us this seems incredibly reasonable, in that Beth's insurance will not cover the expenses, there's even better news. One donor has pledged to match up to $10,000, should we be able to raise the balance of $13,000.
We are writing this to you as some of our close friends and family members because we believe this can and will be done in the next few days.
Thanks much for considering this opportunity to invest in this wonderful young woman's struggle for life.
PS: Any questions can be directed to JoAnn L.Hayden 724-379-7766, or Brandy Glenn 724-728-2183. E-mails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Beth's Mom)