Scouter Needs Help
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 14 Jun 1996 08:48:18 -0400
This is a request to Scouters for help to assist a dedicated Scouter in
a time of need.
In our local area very few Scouters have not been touched in some way by
the enormous contributions made by a Scouter who has dedicated most of
his adult life to helping both Scouts and Scouters. Tommy has worked
with Scouts at the unit level and served Scouters in a variety of
positions including District Commissioner and Assistant Council
Commissioner. His wife has been there throughout helping and serving as well.
Tommy continued to serve and help eventhough he had cancer and was
struggling with chemo-therapy, refusing to give up. He and his wife,
Barbara somehow managed to keep giving even when things seemed pretty
rough. Now things are a lot rougher.
Barbara journeyed to Hawaii to see their first grandchild just a little
over two months ago. Their son-in-law is stationed at Pearl Harbor and
out at sea. While in Hawaii, Barbara suffered a stroke. Since then she
has suffered a second stroke and at one point her heart quit. Tommy went
to be with her and ended up in the hospital for 17 days himself. She has
been hospitalized now for over 60 days. The doctors sent Tommy home and
he has been trying to make arrangements to get his wife back home too.
It appears that the only airline that can transport Barbara home is
Northwestern and that it will be an expensive trip - $7,000 because they
have to remove enough seats to accomodate a stretcher and nurse.
Although they had insurance, the bills have outpaced their coverage and
the money just isn't there for this trip. A local Scouter is looking
into insurance coverage of the trip trying to negotiate a mercy flight,
but it isn't clear that this will be successful.
Are any of you aware of any mercy flight programs for transporting people
under such circumstances - either private foundations or corporate
sponsored flights? If we can't find a way to arrange a mercy flight we
are considering setting up a fund to solicite money to help them out.
If you have any knowledge about mercy flights, corporate or foundation
avenues, or would be willing to help, please send an e-mail to Ed Dwyer,
who is coordinating efforts to help - email@example.com - all responses will
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - firstname.lastname@example.org
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