Help Preserve A Neighbor’s Life

Courtesy photo Lingemann

Regular shoppers at the East End’s Encinal Market may have noticed one of the usual smiling faces waiting to serve them has gone missing. Lorine Lingemann, a long time resident of Alameda and grocery store clerk, had to take a break from her gainful employment due to her battle with leukemia.

Lingemann’s lovely smile and willingness to help has left an impression on her co-workers, customers and friends who have been reaching out to support her before, during and after her bone marrow transplant at Stanford Hospital this past Sunday. The transplant is Lingemann’s best chance for a normal life in the future, and her sister stepped up to be a living donor. She remains firm in her hope for a full recovery.

Even with her insurance, Lingemann is facing many uninsured expenses: co-pays and deductibles, medical appointments, travel, temporary housing for 100 days for her and a 24-hour caretaker after her discharge. The estimate for the caretaker and housing alone may be in excess of $34,000.

To help with these costs, a fundraising effort has been set up in Lingemann’s name with HelpHopeLive, a nonprofit providing community-based fundraising guidance to transplant and catastrophic injury patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible and are held in the Southwest Bone Marrow Transplant Fund for the express purpose of reimbursing transplant-related expenses only.

To make a contribution, visit www.helphopelive.org and search for "Lorine Lingemann" or call (800) 642-8399 to donate via credit card. Make checks payable to HelpHopeLive, mark "In honor of Lorinne Lingemann" in the memo line and mail them to HelpHopeLive, Two Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Ste. 100, Radnor, PA, 19087.