Tom Donnelly Medical Fund
Tom Donnelly worked as the dayshift manager at Margarita Station for almost 5 years. Tom was having trouble with veracious veins in Dec 2007. The medical treatments proposed by doctors in AUF here in Angeles seemed a bit stone age so JC recommended he take care of the problem at Bumrungrad in Bangkok. While undergoing tests in Bumrungrad they detected lung cancer in Tom's right lung. Further testing back in the Philippines and a biopsy confirmed the initial findings.
On 14 March the doctors at University Santo Thomas (UST) in Manila removed Tom's right lung in a 6.5 hour operation. Tom did pretty good following the surgery, but unfortunately he had several complications and he passed away on 16 April 2008.
Tom did have limited Philippine medical insurance with Coco Life. For a Philippine Insurance company they were great in assisting Tom. Coco Life paid almost P100,000 for Tom's testing prior to March 2008. And they have paid P 75,000 toward his hospital bill since we entered a new insurance year in March 2008. But this left a large balance for his hospital bill and funeral expenses.
If you would like to make a donation to Tom's Medical Expenses you can stop by the Margarita Station office, or for those abroad you can send a donation through PAYPAL.
If you have any other questions about how you can help Tom's widow, send your emails to email@example.com
FUND RAISER EVENT
The Fund Raiser on 19 May for the Tom Donnelly Medical Fund at the Wild Orchid was IMO a limited success. We raised P 67,500 which brings the total raised to just under P 1,000,000. However, the food and beverages put out yesterday by C'Italian and Margarita Station were undoubtedly worth more than the 67.5k raised. Fortunately, most of the beverages were donated and C'Italian generously donated the great food they brought. Pretty hard to beat the afternoon with the girls from Stargate, Roadies, Honey Ko's & Rhapsody providing pool side games. Thanks to Neil the top 3 bars got trophies for the games. The results: Roadies 1st place, Stargate 2nd place, and Honey Ko's 3rd.
I can not say enough good things about the support from the Dave, Kevin and the rest of the Wild Orchid Group, Neil and the staffs from Stargate and Roadies, Dez and the staff from Honey Ko's, Will & Cel and staff from Rhapsody & La Bamba, Ken from SEAIR, Eugene & Palmera Gardens, Rodney and Swagman Resorts, San Miguel, Gerard and ABC Hotel, Ed and the staff at Medgar Apartelle, Bernd and the owners at Arizona Hotel, Sherylie from www.sherylie.com (for autographing this months FHM magazine), Darrell from Tequila Reef and all the individuals that have supported the fund raising efforts.
From the beginning of Tom's hospitalization through the fund raiser yesterday I have learned a lot of new lessons. Some things like Coco Life Insurance were surprisingly "as advertised." If anyone wants a very reasonable health insurance I do recommend you contacting Coco Life. But, I for one will be upgrading my policy to Blue Cross because the P100-250K coverage of Coco Life won't cover any real emergencies and I will go to Thailand (where Coco Life has yet to pay for any medical bills) for any serious medical care.
I am compiling a list of the few people that were accepted to donate blood so the next time someone in Angeles has an emergency need we can possibly get some blood banked at the beginning. In the end, we sent somewhere around 85 people to Manila and less than 10 were accepted. Not counting the expense of transporting the people and buying them a meal, the hospital charged significantly to test the rejected donors. Throughout the blood drive I was put into contact with many organizations like the Manila Red Cross, a group of EXPATS in Angeles that helps in cases like this, some businesses in Manila that offered to send employees, and some church groups that said they would send people. None of these groups or agencies yielded a single volunteer at the hospital blood bank.
This was not the first funeral that my staff has assisted with, but there were still things to be learned. We will be glad to assist anyone that needs advice in this area in the future. I'm sure we could save most families some money in this area.
I'm still learning about VA and Social Security benefits for surviving spouses. But, I think I've got a pretty good handle on it.
If anyone needs assistance in any of the above areas, don't hesitate to ask me.