Robin at the Holiday Inn Express in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Robin, whose smiled brightened up my day after a long day walking, told me the story about her girlfriend in Chicago. “She was doing well, but then lost her job. She lost her health insurance and last year, at age 50, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.”
“So how did she deal with that?” I asked.
“Well, she had to come up with $689/month for her insurance, the hospital would not provide healthcare otherwise.” As her condition got even more serious, all of their mutual friends and sorority sisters (Delta Sigma Phi) have been raising funds and sending her money for her care. “I guess,” Robin told me, “if it wasn't for us, she could be dead.” She said it without ego or braggadocio but rather out of sadness (even with our bright smile) that it had to be that way.