Help Channa Seidenberg with Medical Expenses

For: Channa Seidenberg
Philmont, NY
Organizer: Lyre Association of North America
Help Channa Seidenberg with Medical Expenses (Channa Seidenberg)
$17,709
of $40,000 goal.
Raised by 153 donors
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The Story

Many of you may be aware of the extraordinary situation surrounding our beloved founding member of the Lyre Association of North America, Channa Seidenberg.  Please read the following letter written by former LANA Board member Cate Decker on behalf of Channa Seidenberg. 

Whatever you can offer in terms of spiritual or financial support or both would be deeply appreciated at this challenging time for Channa.  


Dear Friends of Channa,

As many of you know, our dear Channa Seidenberg has suffered a serious fracture of her femur while traveling in China. Because her condition doesn’t allow for further travel at this time, Channa is scheduled to have major surgery in Shijiazhuang this week and will recover there for at least two weeks before flying home. Her sons Julian and Dré are both with her. 

The main focus right now is on Channa’s well-being and securing the best care possible for her.  Also of concern for the family are the rapidly mounting medical expenses. There are complications regarding the insurance, and since she is overseas, it is not at all clear that these costs will be covered. In addition, there is a substantial price tag attached to the special accommodations needed when Channa is ready to return home. 

At this time, we are turning to you with a request for financial assistance.
Whatever you can offer will help defray some of the immediate costs. We are deeply grateful for your donations as well as your heart-felt prayers.
Channa has given so much to all of us over the years, with the lyre and singing, through her laughter, and her generosity as a thoughtful friend, therapist, and colleague.  

It is our goal to help support Channa through this medical crisis so she can concentrate on healing and recovery.


With love and appreciation,
Cate Decker, on behalf of Channa Seidenberg

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 27, 2017

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Posted on July 27, 2017

From Sheila Johns:
As all members of the Lyre Association and friends have been aware, LANA Board member Channa Seidenberg, who was also one of the original founders of our Association, has been convalescing over the last several months from a broken leg, which she sustained while teaching lyre and singing near Beijing, China in early February. Many of you have made generous contributions to fund-raising efforts in her behalf, which continue to sustain and support the therapies she needs for full recovery. 

We are happy to share that Channa is learning how to walk again and becoming more and more independent! For the time being, she has been graciously welcomed to reside at Camphill Village in Copake, New York. Although she is not earning any income, she is extremely active in the life of the Village, where she has been playing and singing for special events and festivals, as well as teaching privately, offering music therapy, directing a choir, and teaching in the Camphill Academy, an accredited training for Camphill co-workers! We are also very pleased to share that Channa is willing and eager to continue serving on the Board of the Lyre Association of North America. 

Channa and her family have deeply appreciated all of the good wishes and monetary support for her care that have been gratefully received since the time of her accident. She will have a continuing need for ongoing treatments and therapies, many of which are not covered by insurance. Anyone who feels inclined to continue offering support through the YouCaring site, set up in her honor by the Lyre Association, would be welcomed with gratitude to continue doing so!

Posted on March 23, 2017

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Posted on March 23, 2017

Channa has arrived in Kaspar House in Camphill Village Copake today, her spirit is high! We are all so happy to see her!
(Pictured with her friend Seeya Zheng)

Posted on March 18, 2017

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Posted on March 18, 2017

Greetings, All,

Cate Decker has shared with us that Channa and Julian have returned safely from China! The complicated travel arrangements went as planned, and now Channa is resting at Albany Medical Center. Although she is still exhausted from the long journey home, her spirits are up. Channa will most likely remain at the hospital for a few more days and then go to Camphill Copake to recuperate.

Thank you all for your love and prayers. The healing power of this wonderful, caring circle of friends is palpable!

[Previous update from Sheila Johns]
We’re very happy to be able to share recent news about Channa's health and travel status.

No doubt because of the intervention and blessing of light and love that has been surrounding Channa and her family these last weeks, seeming miracles have transpired.  Since her surgery in Shijiazhuang, China on February 24th, Channa has been healing more rapidly than the doctors were expecting, and after 2.5 weeks of recovery, she was given the green light to travel back to the United States in specially accommodated transports on Wednesday, March 15th.  Possibly the largest miracle is that the travel insurance company finally stepped up to the plate and made all of Channa's complex arrangements for her trip home!  We are very pleased to report that after nearly 30 hours of travel, Channa and her son Julian arrived safely at JFK and were transported by ground ambulance to Albany Medical Center where she is being reevaluated, as of this writing, in preparation for being welcomed into the loving care of the house parents and co-workers at Caspar House in Camphill Village, Copake, NY for the further time she needs for rehabilitation.
 
To all who have made financial contributions, the family is deeply grateful for every donation that has been made.  They will continue to need substantial support as they face the reality of lost income and the costs of rehabilitation.  Thank you each for your loving support during this time of extraordinary challenge for Channa and her family.

Sheila Johns for the Seidenberg family

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