It was almost 2 years ago that Kari saw her doctor because she "just wasn't feeling well. " Her doctor ordered an EKG after which she was rushed by ambulance to USA Hospital and underwent open heart surgery at eh age of 40. Kari has diabetes and her doctor stated that the atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries with which she was diagnosed, was a direct result of her diabetes. Since that time, she has also had several stents inserted.
Prior to her surgery, Kari had managed a convenience store, but has recently had to apply for disability. She told me that without Ozanam she doesn't know what she would have done. We have dispensed over $17,000 worth of medication to Kari in the past two years.
Kari has faced her life challenges with courage and grace, and we are pleased to have been able to lighten her load a bit.