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SOLACE Success Stories

The following examples are sample requests from individuals in states that have implemented a SOLACE program and demonstrate just how powerful SOLACE can be in a time of need. These are all samples of e-mails that have been written by SOLACE members.

Medical referral
Wheelchair donation

Medical Referral

Request sent to members on 11/18/2011 at 4:54 p.m.

Dear SOLACE members,

A SOLACE member's father-in-law was recently diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Despite being diagnosed nearly a month ago, the doctors he is treating with here in Louisiana have not started his treatment. He has lost close to 20 pounds in the last 12 days.

The family has tried to have their father-in-law go to MD Anderson in Houston for, at the very least, a second opinion and an evaluation. However, the SOLACE member reports that they were told it can take anywhere from 7-10 days to even get into MD Anderson. Our SOLACE member is afraid time is one thing her father-in-law has very little of at this point. He was told today that his cancer is in Stage III.

SOLACE REQUEST: Does anyone have a connection at MD Anderson and can get their family member an appointment as soon as humanly possible. This would mean a great deal to the family and could make the difference in whether their family member lives another 6 months or another 2 years.


Wheelchair Donation
Request sent on 11/29/2011 at 1:36 p.m.

Dear SOLACE members,

The 3 year old grandson of a SOLACE member has Osteogenisis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). Over Thanksgiving he broke his femur. This is the fifth time young Joseph has broken a bone. He is about to be released from the hospital with a spica cast and will be basically immobile. He can't be released, however, until he has a wheel chair.

The family lives in Thibodeaux and both parents work. As one can imagined, the family is somewhat overwhelmed.


The family needs a child's wheel chair that reclines. Joseph's parents are also looking for babysitting assistance, and any information and guidance on Osteogenisis imperfecta.

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