Chris Dresdow have been rallying around her for nearly a year now. Dresdow was
diagnosed with advanced stage Lyme disease and is paying thousands of dollars
each month to fight it. Suzanne Bobo and Vic Downing have been fundraising for
Dresdow since last spring and this week were guests on KMXT's Talk of the Rock.
As Downing explains, the disease can be debilitating to health and finances.
-- (Lyme 1 :22 "It's
extremely expensive to treat because insurance companies don't reimburse it
because it's not recognized as a legitimate illness, because of politics and
economics. The cost of treating this ranges between $2500 and $5000 a month and
if not caught soon enough it can be fatal."
Not much is
known about the disease. Downing says that it can be misdiagnosed as a number
of other ailments.
-- (Lyme 2 :28 "It's
very often confused with rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia or malaise or
depression, any number of other things, principally because it's not well
known. It's not well known because the insurance industry hasn't yet verified
to its satisfaction that it's a legitimate disease and of course it did they
would have to pay for its treatment and therein lies the rub."
art auction is planned for February 12th at King's Diner to benefit
Dresdow. Downing says if you can't make the event you can still contribute.
-- (Lyme 3 :35 "Some
people might not be able to show up to the event but would still like to help
Chris and one of the ways to do that is to stop at and Wells Fargo bank and say
‘I want to make a donation to the Kodiak Cares for Chris Dresdow account' and
some people have been doing that. We've raised and spent over $20,000 since we began
this last spring. Again, $2500 to $5000 a month adds up pretty fast."
Dresdow is the wife of Father Innocent at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox