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Joan Zuber is a 69 year old single mother, grandmother, mountaineer, rock climber, horseback rider, volunteer, and good friend to many. On January 29, at her remote rural home, she was working on her truck when the hood fell, trapping her right hand. She was trapped overnight,standing up for 18 hours. She was rescued when neighbors passing nearby on horseback heard her calls for help. She was taken by LifeFlight to Emanuel Hospital where after two unsuccessful surgeries, doctors were forced to amputate her hand above the wrist. She now faces a long recovery with significant medical expenses.
Joan was still working when this happened but will not be able to return to work anytime soon. She was self employed so doesn't have sick leave, vacation time nor a pension. There will be many expenses as her recovery progresses.
Joan is a truly extraordinary woman who has received many honors and awards for her service to her community and to the state. She has given far more than she has received and has always lived a simple lifestyle doing much of her own home and auto maintance. She raised her two children as a single mother and has always worked hard to support her family. Joan is a delightful, generous friend and we are hoping that we can be generous to her in this time of need.
She is a longtime Mazama member and credits her training and experience with Mazamas for helping her survive the ordeal. By nature Joan is an optomist, she accepts life as it presents itself and always looks for what is positive in a person or a situation. We would like to help her face this challenge without the additional burden of severe financial constraints.
You can donate by credit care or Paypal. If donating by check is prefered those can be sent to:
PO Box 388
Molalla, OR 97038