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  • Medical costs increase pressure on mother

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  • Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.
    Pending medical procedures and a pregnancy have cost this 27-year-old single mother the means to support her three daughters — ages 9, 5 and 2 — and 8-year-old son.
    The family, squeezed into a family member's overcrowded Medford home, could use pots, pans, plates and playthings that would give them something to call their own.
    This woman usually worked two jobs to provide for her family, which has lacked the father's support for several years. When she was diagnosed with liver disease and hospitalized for a week, she had to quit one of her jobs, and the other employer put her on unpaid leave.
    Paying her portion of rent and utilities was a struggle even she worked two jobs. A generous donation from a local church helped her stall a utility shutoff.
    The woman also faces the expense of potentially invasive medical treatment, which she has delayed until after her son's birth.
    Maslow Project has been assisting the family for a year and a half, although asking for help has been difficult for this woman, said case manager Erika Deianni.
    Loving and humble, this client wishes that she had some durable dishes and more than two pots, said Deianni.
    "I can't even make rice and beans at the same time for the whole family. I could really use some pots and pans!" the woman told Deianni. "We eat off of a few of those plastic, kid dishes that melt easily in the microwave. I'm sure it would be a dream come true to have real dishes — you know, the kind people have that match and don't melt!"
    The woman's intelligent children enjoy art and reading. The oldest girl would love supplies for painting, drawing and making jewelry, while the boy surely would share a Nook with his sister. The younger girls love dressing up like princesses and playing with dolls.
    If you can help this family whose troubles may only mount in the new year, call Deianni at 541-200-9403.
    Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or slemon@mailtribune.com.
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