There are around 47 million uninsured people in the U.S.
So, what happens when one of those people gets cancer (or some other life-threatening disease)? If it's someone we care about (and everyone has someone who cares about them), we hope they get the care they need. Because we like them and want them to be around and part of our lives, we hope that they will get the surgery and treatments that will make them healthy again, and deal with the financial mess later.
Getting that care and staying alive is expensive, though!
My friend Carolyn Baldacchini was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She was uninsured, but understood that medical treatment couldn't wait. (Carolyn is the one who told me about HealthCareBlueBook.com, a great resource for the uninsured. I wrote about them in an earlier post.) But now, Carolyn has a mess of bills piled up - surgeons, hospitals, anesthetists, radiologists, oncologists, drugs..... Carolyn's friends are trying to help out with a benefit concert.
Carolyn and I go back to our Juilliard years. We're both violists and studied with the same teacher. She lived for a while in Italy, but now has a successful teaching studio in Summit, NJ, and is active in her church and community.
This Sunday, friends, some of Carolyn's students, and members of her church are going to be playing music to help her out. I had hoped to play, but unfortunately have a performance of Porgy & Bess at the same time.
The concert is Sunday, May 23, from 2-5pm, at the Unitarian Church in Summit. (4 Waldren Ave., Summit, NJ 07901 - www.ucsummit.org). It's a fundraiser for Carolyn's medical bills. It should be a lot of fun and a lot of good music. Suggested donation is $50 for a whole family, but basically whatever you can manage. It's all appreciated, and all goes to cover medical bills.
I hope some of you living in Northern Jersey can make it! Oh, and she's a great teacher! If you have a child who plays the viola....