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Saving Cats and Helping People? It's GOOD News Time!

Saving Cats and Helping People? It's GOOD News Time!

This story caught my eye and made me say "aw!" the other day (ask Liberty, it's true) and now it's got a happy ending.

Patches, a beloved family cat in Ogden, Utah was going to die unless it received an operation to repair its spinal cord. Unfortunately, the operation costs $500. Aspen, 10, and her brother, Skylar, 8, hatched the brilliant plan to sell lemonade, hoping the proceeds would be enough to help Patches. But at 50 cents a cup, they were still having trouble raising the cash.

Patches future changed when a local newspaper ran their story and readers around the country, from New York, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona clamored to offer money. An Ogden resident has offered to foot the whole bill. Purr.

Charity doesn’t stop at house pets. To find out how a disfigured man might get the surgery he needs,

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James O’Neal has worked the register at Kingsgate Safeway in Kirkland, WA for seven years. He suffers from neurofibromatosis, the same genetic disorder that afflicted the famous Joseph Merrick, known as The Elephant Man. Though many customers were taken aback at first by James’ disfigurement, they soon appreciated his courage to face people and then grew to admire and even love him.

O'Neal is such an inspiration that one customer has offered to spearhead raising the money needed for surgery to repair the deformity. Katie Knopf realized that James’ insurance won’t cover the extensive work and has launched a website asking for donations. Kinko’s has donated 1,000 flyers kicking off the effort and the Safeway where O'Neal works has pledged the first $10,000. She hopes to raise the $50,000 to rid O'Neal of his burden for good.

It's nice to see neighbors helping neighbors.

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
My sisters 9 year old kitty "cougar-man" got outside accidentally and was bitten by a neighborhood doggie (in the dogs backyard, so not the dogs fault) took him to the vet, cost was around 2 grand to fix broken hip, leg, etc. And you know they wont let you make payments, so they just ended up surrendering cougar to the vets, the vets did the surgery anyway...and adopted the cat out to someone else (who didn't pay for the surgery) Now my sister had been going to this vet for 10 plus years, is an amazing doggy/kitty mommy and she had to give away her loved one..... she never went back there.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
My sisters 9 year old kitty "cougar-man" got outside accidentally and was bitten by a neighborhood doggie (in the dogs backyard, so not the dogs fault) took him to the vet, cost was around 2 grand to fix broken hip, leg, etc. And you know they wont let you make payments, so they just ended up surrendering cougar to the vets, the vets did the surgery anyway...and adopted the cat out to someone else (who didn't pay for the surgery) Now my sister had been going to this vet for 10 plus years, is an amazing doggy/kitty mommy and she had to give away her loved one.....she never went back there.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
Lol, sorry 'bout that Cine, I just get so worked up about those things ;-) I know little about lawsuits and medicine, but my EMT cousin has relinquished his dream of becoming a surgeon from fear of lawsuits (and has told me about quite a few malpractice horror stories. Eep!) and instead is pursuing a nursing career.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
Lol, sorry 'bout that Cine, I just get so worked up about those things ;-) I know little about lawsuits and medicine, but my EMT cousin has relinquished his dream of becoming a surgeon from fear of lawsuits (and has told me about quite a few malpractice horror stories. Eep!) and instead is pursuing a nursing career.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's probably something from your childhood - I put z's where I'm supposed to use s's cuz I've always been a brat.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Why do I always spell "their" like "thier"? I know it's not right. Why do I continue to do it?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
So back to the cutie kids and the kitty they love... I think it is really sweet how they wanted to sell lemonade to pay for thier pet's surgery. That is the sweetest thing I've heard all week. Kids get very attached to pets and it would have been sad for them to lose thier kitty just because the surgery is expensive. When I lost my cat as a kid, it was probably the saddest things I can remember. My mother backed over her with the car while taking us to school. I'm going to go curl into a fetal position and cry now. :(
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
So back to the cutie kids and the kitty they love... I think it is really sweet how they wanted to sell lemonade to pay for thier pet's surgery. That is the sweetest thing I've heard all week. Kids get very attached to pets and it would have been sad for them to lose thier kitty just because the surgery is expensive.When I lost my cat as a kid, it was probably the saddest things I can remember. My mother backed over her with the car while taking us to school. I'm going to go curl into a fetal position and cry now. :(
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I was just kidding kimbo, I think the idea of a doctor not becoming a doctor due to litigation is so ridiculous.
stephley stephley 8 years
Good, then we live to scrap about something else another day!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Sorry, Stephley. I realized after I wrote that that maybe that wasn't what you intended. However, I did not mean to treat all people who file lawsuits with no empathy. I was speaking specifically to the people who file frivolous lawsuits asking for exorbitant amounts of money. Anyway, with all of that being said, I have respect for your intelligence and love debating with you and others!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Sorry, Stephley. I realized after I wrote that that maybe that wasn't what you intended. However, I did not mean to treat all people who file lawsuits with no empathy. I was speaking specifically to the people who file frivolous lawsuits asking for exorbitant amounts of money.Anyway, with all of that being said, I have respect for your intelligence and love debating with you and others!
stephley stephley 8 years
God Lili, I absolutely did NOT mean to treat you that way - I was just trying to note the difference because the comments you & Cine made were pretty emphatic. I have great respect for your intelligence, honestly.
stephley stephley 8 years
God Lili, I absolutely did NOT mean to treat you that way - I was just trying to note the difference because the comments you & Cine made were pretty emphatic.I have great respect for your intelligence, honestly.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Stephley, I would appreciate it if you didn't treat me as if I am ignorant and unreasonable. As you will see, I stated that lawsuits are not THE force. No where did I or anyone else state that lawsuits are the only thing that make insurance costs rise. And believe me, I know people who have had trouble being awarded enough to pay for basic care. I also know doctors who have literally lost EVERYTHING over a frivolous lawsuit. Profit should be far less important than human life to trial lawyers, as well. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Steph, since we all know we can find contradicting studies, I want to first say I don't think all lawsuits are BS, at all. Many people have a case, but I do feel there should be some sort of cap. On another note. I know quite a few doctors and all of them have told me the same thing about malpractice insurance, and on my own personal doctor stopped being an OB because of malpractice insurance. It is a problem.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Steph, since we all know we can find contradicting studies, I want to first say I don't think all lawsuits are BS, at all. Many people have a case, but I do feel there should be some sort of cap.On another note. I know quite a few doctors and all of them have told me the same thing about malpractice insurance, and on my own personal doctor stopped being an OB because of malpractice insurance. It is a problem.
stephley stephley 8 years
I try not to bring draw from information that's going to be suspect to Red Teamers because of the source - I know how I respond to information from groups I don't necessarily know or trust. But if your friend found equal evidence, that would seem to make lawsuits a contributing factor possibly but not necessarily THE force. And while the dramatic awards make the news, there are plenty of people who sue because they or someone they care for has been permanently harmed by negligence or malpractice and the award just covers basic care and doesn't help with all the other ways it affects the family. It isn't always the victim's fault, and it can be painful, expensive and life altering to live with someone else's mistake, especially a doctor's. Lawyers should be ethical, judges and juries should pay attention and be reasonable and fair, insurance companies should be held to a reasonable and fair standard and profit should be far less important than human life. IMO
stephley stephley 8 years
I try not to bring draw from information that's going to be suspect to Red Teamers because of the source - I know how I respond to information from groups I don't necessarily know or trust.But if your friend found equal evidence, that would seem to make lawsuits a contributing factor possibly but not necessarily THE force. And while the dramatic awards make the news, there are plenty of people who sue because they or someone they care for has been permanently harmed by negligence or malpractice and the award just covers basic care and doesn't help with all the other ways it affects the family. It isn't always the victim's fault, and it can be painful, expensive and life altering to live with someone else's mistake, especially a doctor's. Lawyers should be ethical, judges and juries should pay attention and be reasonable and fair, insurance companies should be held to a reasonable and fair standard and profit should be far less important than human life. IMO
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
"For every group that does a study supporting the frivolous lawsuit claim, I can find you a counter-response that you would again challenge." The same can be said for me, but reverse it. Of course, it is impossible to show a cause/effect relationship in either direction, due to outside factors, but yes, I can find you studies done by non-biased sources. I helped a friend write an extensive paper about this in which she looked at both sides, using almost exclusively academic articles. She found equal evidence to support both sides. We could argue in circles all day.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
"For every group that does a study supporting the frivolous lawsuit claim, I can find you a counter-response that you would again challenge."The same can be said for me, but reverse it. Of course, it is impossible to show a cause/effect relationship in either direction, due to outside factors, but yes, I can find you studies done by non-biased sources. I helped a friend write an extensive paper about this in which she looked at both sides, using almost exclusively academic articles. She found equal evidence to support both sides. We could argue in circles all day.
stephley stephley 8 years
Yeah, but do the organizations come with a bias that would cause them to read the results to their advantage? I found a number of those studies - the GAO is about as neutral as we're going to find. For every group that does a study supporting the frivolous lawsuit claim, I can find you a counter-response that you would again challenge. Nader's Public Citizen for example. Is there evidence that somewhere malpractice premiums are easing once lawsuits are controlled? I couldn't find any. The GAO under the Bush Administration studied the matter and says the evidence doesn't really support the all the hype. And the GAO under the Bush Administration has absolutely nothing to gain by saying that.
stephley stephley 8 years
Yeah, but do the organizations come with a bias that would cause them to read the results to their advantage? I found a number of those studies - the GAO is about as neutral as we're going to find. For every group that does a study supporting the frivolous lawsuit claim, I can find you a counter-response that you would again challenge. Nader's Public Citizen for example. Is there evidence that somewhere malpractice premiums are easing once lawsuits are controlled? I couldn't find any.The GAO under the Bush Administration studied the matter and says the evidence doesn't really support the all the hype. And the GAO under the Bush Administration has absolutely nothing to gain by saying that.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Stephley, I don't have the time to find and cite them right now because I am at work, but I could find at least five organizations that have done studies that resulted in conflicting information. And part of the reason the laws curbing damages have increased is that there have been more high profile cases where exorbitant amounts were awarded. Who remembers Stella Liebeck?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Stephley, I don't have the time to find and cite them right now because I am at work, but I could find at least five organizations that have done studies that resulted in conflicting information. And part of the reason the laws curbing damages have increased is that there have been more high profile cases where exorbitant amounts were awarded. Who remembers Stella Liebeck?
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