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Friends of Newport family holding fundraiser to help buy son insulin pump and medications – Insurance companies refuses; “Pre-existing condition”

Nick Ashley with mother Kim Kossow

Friends of Newport family holding fundraiser for their diabetic son at St. Stephens Church at 9th and Hubert Friday 5-8pm

It’s been tough going for Newport High grad Nick Ashley who suffers from Type 1 diabetes. Although he’s worked since he was 14, Nick’s current employer’s insurance won’t cover his need for a new insulin pump or medical supplies because of his diabetes being a “pre-existing condition.” But thanks to the phasing in of the new Federal Medical Care Reform Act, Nick will get some of his costs covered by his employer’s insurance company starting January 1st. “But we’ve got to get Nick to January 1st,” said his mother, Kimberly Kossow. She said she has watched her son’s blood sugar levels roller coaster dramatically lately to where she fears he could drop into a diabetic coma.

Kossow says Nick’s employer has been great to him, allowing him time off to receive medications that he and his family have managed to purchase, but now they’re out of money. Meanwhile his doctors won’t see him anymore until his past due account is paid up. Kossow said “Even on January first, the insurance company won’t cover anywhere near the total cost of the pump which runs $7,000 dollars plus the extra medications he’ll continue to need and testing accessories required. That’s why this fundraiser is so important for Nick.”

The fundraiser for Nick Ashley is set for Friday evening, 5-8pm, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at the corner of SW 9th and Hubert, just a block east of Highway 101. It’s $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 11 and under. Second helpings are $3.00.

For more information, call 541-265-2634.

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