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Mom in Need

My cousin is working on a Silent Auction for her friend, Carol Decker.

Carol Decker had an emergency cesarean section on June 10, 2008. After the surgery she developed life-threatening hypotension from a septic pneumonia infection. After fighting for several weeks, the medicine she was on to save her life had the unfortunate side effect of blocking blood flow to her legs, left arm and eyes.

Since then, Carol has had both legs below the knee amputated, her left arm amputated and she is blind. Carol was transferred to Harborview after an extended stay in ICU at Swedish Hospital, which insurance has covered to an extent and the rest her family have had to pay for out of pocket. Carol will now begin inpatient rehab, which her insurance will not cover, and is estimated to cost somewhere around $80,000.

Her story moved me to tears. And my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. The auction will start tonight, and there are some beautiful items from Etsy available. So please bid or donate directly if you can.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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7 Responses to "Mom in Need"

  1. Dawn says:

    I cant seem to find a way to actually bid on these items. It says to do so in the comments section – which I cant find. Anyone have more info?

  2. Heather G says:

    I am having the same problem. I was afraid that it had finally happened . . . that the last of my brain cells had died. I am ready to bid if someone can tell me how.


  3. megan says:

    I just left a comment of how much I wanted to bid. Hope that’s how it works!

  4. Just note how much you want to bid in the comments. THANKS for all of your help for this mama.

  5. Erica says:

    THANK YOU so very much for posting this information here! I really appreciate you getting the word out for something that is such a great cause and so close to my heart!

    Carol is one of those “one in a million” people and we have been the best of friends since elementary school–if you can believe it! She has an eternal glow about her that people are drawn to and she is the most devoted mother and wife! I really hope this Auction can help her and her family in some small way. It is in my desire to just do something to help in the face of such a trial that this has come about and I so appreciate you spreading the word!
    Please give my love to all of your family!

  6. Rebecca in NJ says:

    This is an amazing story – my heart goes out to the family. They should really think about reaching out to the media to share their story. This sounds like an Oprah story if I’ve ever heard one!

  7. […] when Candace sent me a link to a story on her blog, a parallel story with a much different ending, my bubble burst and my heart fell to my knees. […]

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