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Fund established to help handle medical costs for 13-year-old girl injured in bicycle accident south of Lawrence

July 18, 2011

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Friends of the family of a 13-year-old Maple Hill girl who was injured in a recent Douglas County accident have set up a fund for donations to help the family with medical expenses.

Donations are accepted through the Mikal Bond Fund in care of Community National Bank, 5431 S.W. 29th St., Topeka, KS 66614. Donations also can be taken to any bank branch in Topeka.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said that Mikal, while riding a bike, failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection south of Lawrence on July 10 when she was struck by a vehicle. Mikal has been listed in critical condition at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., since the accident.

She was riding with her parents that morning in the Lizard Under the Skillet bicycle ride.

Comments

Jay_lo 3 years, 9 months ago

How about all of us who commented on the original story sending in a contribution. I'll start it off by mailing a $20 donation this afternoon. Match it, top it, or send what you can.

Let's show that we really do care.

Jay_lo 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Everybody sure had a lot to say when this happened, but now that there is a chance to actually do something and help out, it seems pretty quiet!

If you can't contribute, at least post a comment so that the story has a chance to attract some attention.

Jay_lo 3 years, 9 months ago

Well excuse me for trying to do something positive, I'm glad you commented on the older story and hope you contributed. It doesn't look like your previous comment garnered much attention either.

who_said_it 3 years, 9 months ago

I wish her the best possible recovery. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

If this were a civilized country, there would be no need for a fundraiser to cover medical expenses.

frankfussman 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes. Whenever there is a fundraiser for some medical expense, I always remember that in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere, medical expenses are free or very cheap. My friend from high school now lives in Canada and he had a hip replaced some years ago, and it was completely free. If only Obama had been able to push through "universal health care" -- the "single payer" system, we would not have to raise money for this 13-year-old girl. Her medical needs would be met free of charge. If only........

Fred Mertz 3 years, 9 months ago

"Free?" Really? Is health care found growing wild somewhere and is free for the picking? Or maybe their doctors, nurses, technicians, etc. just work for free so the people can have free health care?

No, the health care is not free, there is a price. Instead of paying directly the citizen (not all though) pay through taxes.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

Of course it isn't free, but the cost of healthcare per capita is considerably less, and available to all.

You can object to the healthcare systems in other countries on ideological grounds if you want, but at least be honest enough to admit that satisfying your desire for ideological purity comes at a very high cost, including the need to have fundraisers to cover the medical expenses for kids like this one.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 9 months ago

Did I object to healthcare systems to other countries? Did I suggest that we be ideologically pure? I don't think so, I merely pointed out the fallacy of the posters statement about free healthcare. If we are to discuss an issue, let's be honest about it.

So based on this, what is your point?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

To the extent that you don't get a bill for services rendered, medical care in many other countries is indeed "free," or very low cost.

Aside from quibbling about how frank worded his post, what is your point?

Fred Mertz 3 years, 9 months ago

My only point was the contention that health care in Canada and Europe is not free.

Based on your comment do you believe that the drinks and food at an all-inclusive resort are free just because you don't get a bill each time you eat or drink or that the 20% free advertised on a package of product is really free?

Yes, health care is free in this country for many since about half the people in this country don't pay taxes, but for the other 50 percent it won't be free no matter how you try to spin it.

That is my point. Don't describe the health care as free when it isn't free - it does have a cost and some do pay it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

And in this country, the "healthcare" system is better at delivering profits than healthcare, and that comes at an extremely high cost, both monetarily, and in the ability to access care.

Which is why there has to be a fundraiser to get medical care for this kid. This would not be happening in Canada and many other countries around the world.

evilpenguin 3 years, 9 months ago

I come from the UK. We pay around the same level of tax on our wages as the US does. From these taxes we get education paid for from age 4-18, our prescriptions are free (in Scotland, not England), student tuition fees are paid by the government and we do not get billed for healthcare under any circumstance. Also, parents receive child benefits regardless of how much money they earn. So it is possible to provide universal healthcare for all with tax money, you just have to cause less wars and waste less money on the military.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Single Payer Systems are not free ....... just excellent use of our tax dollars which this young person needs as we speak.

dontbehatin 3 years, 9 months ago

As a friend of this family, the first thing I would like to say is that this fund was set up by friends to help offset ANY costs this wonderful family might have. They do have insurance but so far we are 10 days in the ICU, 10 days off work for both parents, and this is just the beginning of a VERY long recovery period. So, as much as I like to debate health care politics as much as the next one, I don't think this is the time or place for it. These are parents of a 13 year old girl, and all they care about is getting their little girl back. They did not ask for, or have anything to do with this fund being set up. So how about this- if you want to help the family out, that is great. If you don't , that is great too. We are just trying to get the word out.

dontbehatin 3 years, 9 months ago

She is still in the ICU at Childrens... her condition is stable but her long term prognosis is still unknown. Mikal and her family have had an incredible outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike. There are prayer chains going on all over the world. The Lawrence business community is having a benefit for Mikal... Her uncle is having a benefit in Hays, where the family is from. THere are many wonderful people in this world. Please continue to send your prayers, positive energy, whatever you call it her way.

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