The past two Sundays, I’ve preached about healing. This morning there were two stories, one in which the touch of Jesus healed someone who had been excluded from community due to illness, the other in which Elisha healed someone from a distance. As part of the sermon, I told Annika’s story. Annika is an incredibly brave little girl who has faced more challenges in her five years than most of us face in a lifetime. She has been through two liver transplants, and she will likely need another if and when she is strong enough to try again.
Annika’s parents learned on Thursday that due to the delay of some billing from November and December of last year, the insurance company is claiming they have already reached the $1 million limit for Annika’s coverage in 2006. On Monday, unless something changes, they will have no more insurance for her this year. Annika’s father teaches at a university, and it seems like the re-insurer is trying to avoid responsibility for Annika’s bills. They are using their rules to exclude her from the community.
As of Saturday, plans were already underway to help raise money to aid them. Blogging friends, other families of children who have needed transplants, academic bloggers and moms and dads who don’t even know Annika’s parents personally are offering up donations of artwork and crafts for a fundraising auction on eBay. Peripatetic Polar Bear has proposed a Virtual Casserole fundraiser. It will work like this. Imagine you did know Moreena and Jörg and Annika and her little sister, Frankie. If you lived close by, you might be bringing them dinner once a month. I’ve been on a list to do this in the past for friends undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Write out a menu for the dinner you might bring to Annika’s family, and estimate the cost of the items you would need to buy in order to cook it. Then donate that amount of money to help the family.
It’s healing from a remote location. The money will help, of course, but even more important is the healing nature of caring. Whatever happens, Annika and her family will know they are not alone.
The buttons in the sidebar (another blogger’s contribution) will take you to pages about the efforts on Annika’s behalf.