There was a comment on my last post from some family members in AZ regarding the Amy Wilhoite Medical Fund. As we were getting people questioning the legitimacy, I removed the post until I could adequately address the fund. The Amy Wilhoite Medical Fund is legitimate. Since we have that out of the way, let me actually address the fund.
There has been a medical fund set up for Amy, through Bank of America. Originally, the account was set up to have a single place for donated funds to go from fundraisers that were being organized and held in both AZ and MO. By asking for the "Amy Wilhoite Medical Fund," anyone can make donations at their local Bank of America. Regarding what the insurance company is paying for – whether the transplant or the prescriptions we'll need afterwards to maintain a quality of life for Amy - is still unknown. As well as the immune building treatments, which aren't covered by insurance that we would like to have Amy treated with... We don't know what our future medical financial need will be, but we do estimate it to be high.
Amy & I refrained from posting any information about her fund on the blog as we wanted the blog to be an information source for friends and family, stating how Amy is progressing through her battle with this disease -- as well as a place for prayer and encouragement -- not as a place for the solicitation of money to help with medical expenses. We had created the fund for the use of fundraising events as it was never our intention to ask anyone for money, rather to let people give if they felt called to. We have received several gifts and donations from people and churches without asking and we never wanted to do so now. So, please, don't feel pressured to give in the slightest bit and only do so if you feel the Lord has put it in your heart to give. If you have any questions about the fund, you can call 480-538-4901 in AZ, 573-876-6223 in MO, or ask about it at your local Bank of America.
[Edited for clarity and to also add that Amy & I are very appreciative of the fundraisers and those organizing and hosting them. And also wanted to send quick thank you to the members of HSA for the package of cards sent to Amy -- she was very encouraged by the thought and the kind words]