K guys. Time to buckle up.
I have a friend located in Pennsylvania, Nicole, also known as Kina and
spirit_of_kina on LJ. She has cystic fibrosis which is a terrible disease. Kina had a double lung transplant two years ago and it was successful in that she didn't die and is living her life as best as she can. She is one of the bravest most loving people I know. I have stood by and helplessly watched her battle a deadly illness and come back time and time again from the very brink. Kina is certainly not someone that gives up on anything.
However she is dealing constantly with the threat of rejection and her medical conditions (diabetes, fainting, anxiety) make it extremely difficult for her to find or maintain work (she was FIRED from her last job for getting sick and having to go to the hospital!!). She is in need of a service dog which costs $3,000.00, half of which she needs as a down payment right away (the rest she can pay off over time in installments). The the information regarding the service dog can be found here: http://spirit-of-kina.livejournal.com/54
As it stands she and her husband are having a very hard time making ends meet. They have barely scraped through on their rent this month and already owe some friends money for that.
Getting a service dog will allow Kina to get back to work. She desperately wants to earn an income and make her way in this world. After all she's been through, it just isn't right that she be held back now.
Kina (Nicole) has been and continues to be very active in promoting awareness about cystic fibrosis. You can check out more info about her and the disease at her website http://www.fightingtobreathe.com. She has also recently participated in a documentary about cystic fibrosis called 65 RedRoses which will be premiering at a documentary film festival in Toronto in May: http://campaigns.hellocoolworld.com/inde
$1,500 is a lot of money, but a dollar here or two, or whatever you can spare at a time like this, and you'd be amazed at what can happen. I have seen some amazing things happen due to the kindness and generosity of the individuals on the net. Any and EVERY little bit will help. Give what you can, and even if you can't give anything today or tomorrow, thank you for taking the time to read!
I am linking to Kina's Paypal Donate button below. So you can do it at her LJ linked above or here below. Thank you!