Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yard Sale Fund Raising Event for Jennifer Gootee Aug. 19-21

One of my best friends has been overwhelmed with bad health in the last week. Due to Jen's previous battle with cancer, they have been unable to get reasonably priced health insurance or life insurance. For those of you who don't know Jen and Jason's situation, Jen has been a stay-at-home mom and Jason has been the only source of income for the family. Jason is a long haul truck driver who is usually on the road for two weeks then home for a couple days, then back on the road. In addition to their 13-year-old son, Leland, they currently have legal guardianship of Matt, one of Leland's friends from when they lived in Westland. I've watched Matt flourish from a shy, uncertain boy to a vibrant, talkative, smiling kid under their care.

On July 29th, Jen was taken to ER. She was having a coughing fit that hurt so badly she finally conceded to seeing a doctor. Jason was in Arizona helping a friend leave an abusive relationship. It was discovered the Jen had fluid around her lung.

Jason got back on Monday morning, and Jen was transferred from the Tecumseh hospital to St. Joe's in Ann Arbor Monday night. In addition to the fluid around her lung, she now had fluid around her heart. St. Joe’s has done additional testing on her liver and her bones.

Jason has now been out of work for almost two weeks. They don’t have health insurance. They don’t have life insurance. They don’t have a prognosis yet, either.

In an effort to help them with their mounting bills, we’re hosting a yard sale and donating 100% of the profits. The yard sale will occur August 19-21 at 163 W. Prospect St. in Jackson.


  1. Her story is heartbreaking. How is she now? You've done a great job in organizing the event. She's also thankful there are people like you who are willing to help for nothing in exchange. I know you make her strong with what you're doing.

  2. Hi Lauren. Jen is doing much better now than she was when we held the yard sale. Thank you for your kind words.