Sign a single-case contract with Dr. Sugarbaker/Washington Hospital Center
  • Petitioned Florida Hospital (FHHS), Adventist Health System

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Florida Hospital (FHHS), Adventist Health System

Sign a single-case contract with Dr. Sugarbaker/Washington Hospital Center

    1. Holly Freuler
    2. Petition by

      Holly Freuler

      St Cloud, FL

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June 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Holly Freuler: WE DID IT!!!! Florida Hospital just signed the contract so I can have my surgery!!! I am so thankful to you all for your love and support. This would not have happened without you. It's not every day you save a life, but today is one of those days..

My name is Holly Freuler. I am a 33 year old married mother of 2. I have a very rare form of an unusual disease: Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Only 130 cases have been reported worldwide.

No doctor within my insurance network has ever treated a case like this before...in addition no doctor performs the surgery necessary to save my life: Cytoreductive Surgery with HIPEC (open perfusion). Since there is no in-network expert, I think Florida Hospital/Adventist Health should pay for my treatment at the in-network rate.

Cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is the standard treatment for my disease. There is NO alternative curative treatment. It is approved by the FDA and my surgeon has a 90% survival rate at 5 years (well above the rest).

A FHHS representative stated on the phone last week, "Why would you want to go all the way up to Washington D.C. to have a surgery?" The answer is simple: I don't, but if I want to see my children grow up, this is what I need to do. It would be quite convenient to not travel over 800 miles, have a surgery in a hospital I am not familiar with, to readily have family and friends close by to keep me company, etc. I wish I had something that any doctor could treat. Unfortunately, that's not the case, which is why I must push for the National expert to treat my cancer.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. We are now an army of 300!!

      Holly Freuler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much!!

    3. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Dustin Bass HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

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    • Maryellen Barber JACLSONVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it is the right thing to do.

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    • Gabrielle Robbins CARMEL, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Children deserve a mother. All people deserve easily accessible and affordable health, especially for rare diseases.

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    • Thomas McMullen PORT ORANGE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      It's the right thing to Do. If you don't let her go you are Killing Her.

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    • janet gropp/sullivan HAMILTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Life is precious. Please give Holly a chance.

      Cancer does not consider what is fair, convenient or "in Network"

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