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A Caregiver Story: Some Needed Relief

by: Kathi Koll on


For more than a decade, Kathy and her son, Matthew, 27, have worked to win his fight with leukemia.

The battle has had some ups and downs, including periodic relapses and arduous stem cell transplantation in Seattle, far from their North Dakota home. Kathy has been his primary caregiver during the downturns that leave Matthew both vulnerable to infection and too weak to care for himself.

He has required a non-working caregiver, which meant their financial situation became challenging, and then an unexpected $8,000 dental bill to replace Kathy’s cracked implants caused additional stress. They have been slowly paying the bill off, but the stress was immense. Kathy reached out to The Kathi Koll Foundation for help, and the foundation paid the final balance of $1,500.

“That was just phenomenal,” Kathy said. “It was greatly, greatly appreciated. It definitely took some of the financial stress off."

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