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Reunite Lia's family

Reunite Lia's family

Friends of mine are facing a crisis. Those of us who know them are trying to help and because of the enormity and urgency of the situation, we are unashamedly asking our friends to help as well. I have set a personal goal to help raise $7500 before Oct 11, to contribute to costs of hiring a medical expert who can testify about Lia' obscure disease. Let me introduce you to my friends. Rhys is a TCK (third culture kid), and her husband Dave is a 2nd generation Wycliffe missionary kid. They are both graduates of Taylor University. They have two children, a seven year old son and a little girl who is now about 3 1/2 years old.It's a very long story and I won't attempt to tell you all of it. But it is complicated and some background has to be explained. The short version is that their daughter, Lia, was rushed to the neo-natal intensive care unit within hours of birth, and throughout her short life so far has had a series of medical issues that have mystified doctors. Lia’s complicated health problems led to different doctors giving different directions to the parents, who were caught in the crossfire and Rhys is now being accused of negligence and has been restricted in the amount of time she is able to spend with her daughter, necessitating Dave’s taking over the primary role of caregiver. Due to this development and the need it presents for legal help, the family is now faced with growing legal expenses to fight the allegations so that they can once more live as a family. No one who knows Lia's mother thinks there is any way the accusations are true, but The Other Side have deep pockets and big guns, and the family is overwhelmed. They do, however, have good friends who are rallying around to help and we are sharing the news with our circles of friends.$12000 has already been raised, so we are on the way, but there is still a long way to go.Fund raising goals for legal expenses (minimum!):First goal: $12,000 by Sept 11 (MET!)Second goal: $25,000 by Nov 30Third goal: $75,000 for preparation for a full trial if needed (by the end of 2012)Contributions to this project go directly to an account established to pay the significant legal expenses, the greatest and most urgent financial need. Pray for wisdom for the legal team as they prepare to fight these allegations and reunite the family, and for the family members that they will have the necessary strength to face this crisis.If you need to know more details before deciding to donate, you may contact me.On behalf of Team Lia, thank you. ---Mimi

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