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Helping out an EMS pioneer

Valerie DeFrance (Alaska) needs our help

Kelly "Ambulance Driver" Grayson posted the all-call Saturday night:

Before there was a JEMS Online or an EMS1 or an EMT City or EMT Life, there was the EMS House of DeFrance, one of the most comprehensive EMS resources on the web. And the person who ran it, my friend Valerie DeFrance, did it for years via a 56k modem from Hope, AK.

Now, my friend is battling breast cancer. She stands a good chance of beating it, but the nearest clinic for her radiation treatments is 75 miles away, and the treatments have left her unable to work and thus without income. Substantial medical bills are soon to follow.

Here is the detailed post from Mule Breath (Donn Barnes):

Let's give Valerie a hand

If you don't know Valerie DeFrance you're missing an important piece of EMS history. Valerie was an Internet pioneer, building and hosting dozens of EMS educational websites over the years and she still maintains the EMS news and education site, the EMS House of DeFrance. Valerie is one of our most important EMS dinosaurs. Over the years she has offered her expertise and knowledge to anyone needing a hand, and doing so more often than not without charge. Valerie has always been a giver… never a taker.

Only a few years ago Valerie lost her husband to cancer. The medical bils were massive and Valerie had to sell many of her assets to pay them. Now Valerie is diagnosed with breast cancer and has no more assets to sell to cover her own bills. She needs our help.

Medically speaking, to this point she has been doing fairly well and has a good chance of winning the battle, but the bills are stacking up. Valerie is at the point now where she is going through radiation treatments and another problem has arisen.

Valerie lives 75 miles from the oncology clinic where she goes for her treatments. The ongoing treatments have left her unable to work and therefore without income. Just the simple act of buying gas for these trips back and forth has become problematic and is an immediate need.

In the long run there will be those substantial medical bills to pay, but right now we just need to get her to the clinic and back. We need to kick in and help her get past this hurdle.

Valerie has been there for us all these years. Now it is time we return the favor. We already know how far Valerie will go to help the EMS profession, lets see what we can do for her when she needs us.

Mule Breath has set up a chip-in account:

I donated the equivalent of a tank of gas. I hope that you will too.

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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