Raising money for Baby Naya and Pastor Doug
August 16, 2011
Friends and community leaders are coming forward to help two different Central Coast families face the tough challenge of paying unexpected medical bills.
Jamie Maraviglia-Manalo, director of marketing at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, gave birth to a baby girl, Naya, earlier this summer.
The baby has been battling sepsis, caused by an e-coli infection, and pneumonia. Kidney complications have also resulted. Naya was transferred first to Cottage Hospital, and now to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she is expected to stay through the end of August.
Connie O’Henley, executive director of the Clark Center and Scott Milstead, owner of Scotty’s in Pismo Beach are organizing a fundraiser for Jamie and her husband Daniel in September. Meanwhile, on-line donations are being welcomed and more than $3000 has been raised already.
Meanwhile, “Pastor Doug” Carroll of San Luis Obispo has spent the summer shuttling between French Hospital and Bayside Convalescent Center in Morro Bay. The former youth pastor is the longest living person with primary progressive MS in the county, having first been diagnosed in 1999.
PG&E weatherman John Lindsey is raising money to help Doug and Victoria Carroll pay off this latest round of medical bills. “Victoria figured out the other day that Pastor Doug has cheated death 39 times since first being diagnosed,” said Lindsey. “There were 39 times when we thought we lost Doug and back he came. We want to make it 40 times.”
Online donations for Pastor Doug are being accepted through September.