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Friends of the Shaut Family

$8,757raised of $48,000 goal
18%

Organizer: Friends of the Shaut Family Beneficiary: Richard and Valerie Shaut

Richard and Valerie Shaut, beloved teachers in Anchorage, need your help. Please do all you can to help this beloved couple settle their medical bills.

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Valerie Shaut and her husband Richard are beloved teachers at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage, Alaska. Valerie teaches kindergarten and Richard teaches fifth grade. Richard also works part time at Home Depot. They have lived this way for the past 11 years, very frugally, the two of them along with their now 18 year old son Christian in a small, 550 square foot apartment at the school. 

Over the years, they have engaged in street ministry in Anchorage, feeding and clothing the homeless. They have spent time in Nicaragua at an orphanage there, as well as helping to raise funds for that mission while in Anchorage. They are ardent fundraisers for Bean's Cafe, a local service provider for the homeless, encouraging their students to see the needs around them and to be more caring and service-oriented. 

Recently, a sudden and unexpected illness placed Richard Shaut in the hospital for 22 days and 8 surgeries--with a total bill of $172,000 after his insurance capped out. 

The Shauts are currently in the process of adopting two children from Nicaragua (seen in picture above). Just last year, they purchased a fixer-upper in Anchorage because of this incredible opportunity. Unfortunately, the financial situation resulting from the illness has placed this adoption at risk.

Valerie has since gotten a second job and is working 7 days a week. Richard is back to teaching and doing as much as he is able, although he is still weakened from the surgeries. 

Those of us who are blessed to know this giving and selfless family hope to do what we can to alleviate these expenses. Not only will the Shauts benefit from the assistance, but the two children waiting for their beloved "forever home" with the Shauts will have a more secure chance of reaching that dream.

Please help as much as you can.
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05/03/2013
by Friends of the Shaut Family
Praise the Lord! The Shauts pass on that an extension of 21 days has been granted for their repayment of medical fees and it is hoped that an even lower amount may be able to be negotiated. Please continue to do all you can to help them. 
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04/10/2013
by Friends of the Shaut Family
Important Update From Rich: "Val and I are asking a huge favor of all our friends, the hospital has offered to settle the bill with us. The original bill that we were responsible for was $121,000. They sent us to a collection agency, and now after seven months they have offered to settle for $48,000 but we have to have the money by the end of the month. A friend has set up a way to raise money for the medical bills through youcaring.com. I am asking everyone I know to check the web site out and help if you can, and please share it will all your friends and families. If everyone can help just a little we might be able to get this bill taken care of. I hate to ask but, I have no choice. Please know that every dollar given will go to the medical bills, and if we are able to go over that amount it will go towards other medical bills. If you have any questions please call me at 907-764-8784. Val and I thank you very much, and God bless you all."
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