GoFundMe for Mary Jo Newman


Staff Writer
Andrew Martin Kolstee

“She is a beautiful and hardworking woman,” said Javen Newman, son of Mary Jo Newman, who set up the GoFundMe page. “She has two dogs that she loves as much (if not more) than her children. She would drop everything to help her family. Her first and only goal is to be there and help anyone in anyway she can.”

Mary Jo is a four-year employee at the Basket Company. On July 27, she had a seizure and collapsed on cement, and she had be life flighted from the local hospital to another for surgery. As a result, the medical expenses are tremendous.

The Gazette spoke to her husband, Troy, by phone on August 29. “She’s doing pretty good,” he said. “She’s got a ways to go on her recovery and it will be a while before she can get back to work.” He added that recovery may take at least three months.

Javen noted that a helicopter flight to the hospital costs in the range of $12,000 to $25,000 before insurance. “We are not sure what our insurance is going to cover,” said Troy.

Family and friends have already started to donate to the page, which has reached nearly $2,500, a third of the initial goal of $7,500. “We are very thankful for their donations,” said Troy. “It’s going to go a long ways to paying for her therapy and helping with the hospital bills.”

“Because my mom was always there for me,” said Javen on the GoFundMe page, “I’m trying to be there for her and help my mom and dad relieve some of the stress from these expenses they are going to have. If you can donate, anything is appreciated. Or just share her story, so more people can see it.”

To donate to the fund, go to:www.gofundme.com/hospital-bills-for-mary-jo-newman

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