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Vicki Leibeck-Owsley's friend calls for support
Just over a year after Adair County High School English teacher and Academic Team Coach Vicki Leibeck-Owsley represented Adair County High School on Jeopardy! she is battling for her life against pancreatic cancer.
Her family, friends and coworkers are battling alongside her, finding ways to help as they pray for her healing. Vicki's friend Kathryn Gray Tabb took to social media and posted the requests below, letting everyone know specific ways they may help. She also started a GoFundMe page, the link is below, to help raise funds to take care of what insurance will not.
Kathryn writes, "Hey there! While I would love to spend my time and space posting about a life WELL lived that deserves all the celebration in the world, sadly, we live in a country where trying to survive cancer is really expensive, and the noble profession of teaching doesn't pay well enough to prevent it from being crippling debt.
"And let's all admit that at 31 years old (as of Saturday), it wasn't fair of cancer to expect them to have savings to blow on chemo and hospital stays.
"So, instead I am using this platform to ask you to celebrate the life of Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, high school English teacher in Adair County, to donate money to cover medical bills for one of the bluegrass state's greatest teachers and all around humans.
The GoFundMe page stands at $17,495 as this is posted on Columbia Magazine, Wednesday morning, September 16, 2020. Click this link to go make a contribution.
"I want her husband to remember her when he hears the music they loved and sees the photos on the walls... not by the bills in the mailbox.
"She is coming home on Hospice and will be with her family in her remaining weeks. Thank you friends.
"If you can't donate, then VOTE. Vote for a 2020 candidate who believes in healthcare reform... so we don't have to ask our friends to pay our unpredictable medical bills. (Sorry, I JUST did a FB birthday fundraiser for Markey Cancer Center. I didn't see this need coming). For the record, Markey has taken FANTASTIC care of her and tried every possible option to treat her rare pancreatic cancer." -- Kathryn Gray Tabb
This story was posted on 2020-09-16 09:05:40
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