Please Join Us in Helping Cindy!
Cindy Lelake had a routine angiogram on April 4th. During the angiogram, Cindy suffered a tear in an artery, causing massive internal bleeding. She needed emergency surgery to stop it, and had eight blood transfusions during the surgery to stay alive. The surgical team was amazed that she survived. She was in the hospital for a week and a half after this incident. Cindy was discharged home, but a few days later had another episode of internal bleeding, which required a second surgery and rehospitalization. She returned home on April 25th and is slowly regaining her strength.
January 31, 2017
Hi, everyone! This update has two goals. First, to let you know how Cindy’s doing, and second, to give you information about deducting your donation from your 2016 taxes.
Cindy completed her mitral valve repair surgery at the Mayo Clinic in early November 2016. She was able to leave the hospital relatively quickly and come back home to Anchorage, where she recuperated with the help of her brother, Joe; her sister-in-law, Sandy; and her daughters Amory and Casey. After a short time, she started cardiac rehabilitation therapy and had a successful experience there. And she returned to full-time work at Mears Middle School in early January 2017, feeling healthy and strong!
Cindy said the care she received at the Mayo Clinic was exemplary, and she said traveling with Joe and Sandy was one of the best experiences of her life. Most people would not speak that way about open heart surgery, but Cindy isn’t like most people.
The physicians all agreed that Cindy’s pre-surgery level of fitness and health contributed to her amazing outcome. It’s a good reminder that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
So, Cindy’s family thanks ALL of you for your generous donations. They allowed her to pay all her uninsured hospital bills, and also to have family members reimbursed for their expenses related to caregiving. We couldn’t have done it without you.
And now on to the second point: your donations are tax deductible! Here’s what HelpHOPELive has to say about it:
“HelpHOPELive sends a letter of acknowledgement for donations of $250 or more. For donations under $250, the IRS recognizes the donor’s cancelled check or credit card statement as proof of a charitable donation. All online donations are acknowledged immediately with an email receipt for tax purposes.”
So, please use your letters, bank statements, and email receipts to deduct this donation from your 2016 taxes. Yay!
Thanks again for all of your help. We are so grateful to each and every one of you that helped with Cindy’s care and recovery. We wish you a wonderful 2017.
September 8, 2016
We have a good news update!
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota will be the treatment site for Cindy’s mitral valve surgery. Beginning October 31st, Cindy will be meeting with specialists from the cardiology, cardiac surgery, and genetics departments to prepare for surgery on November 3rd. They will be meeting not only to do standard preparation for open heart surgery, but also to determine if extra precautions need to be in place to prevent significant bleeding.
Cindy has been told that following the surgery, she will need to be in the hospital for one week. Then, assuming all has gone well, she will be cleared to fly home!
Cindy and her family are looking forward to this next step in her care. And there are two particular bits of good news that deserve mention. First, your donations should help cover all of the non-insured costs for this process. (THANK YOU!!!) And second, after the recovery period, Cindy’s energy level should be better than before the surgery. She’s looking forward to feeling super healthy again!
We’ll keep you posted with updates as things move forward. Thanks for your time and good thoughts!
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September 14, 2016
I am thinking of you and so happy to hear the good news of your recovery progress. Keeping you on my prayers!
June 6, 2016
Sending so much love to the Lelake's. xoxo from Juneau
June 8, 2016
Casey - They say it takes a village (or in our case a mountain). It is pretty cool that your mom's village extends across state lines. Hope her treatment and recovery go well. I'm so glad that you get to be there with her. Love and healing thoughts headed your way.
June 8, 2016
Cindy <3 <3 We are sending you and all of your family much healing, love and peace.
Vinnie, Gidget and Sharon