Raising money for Baby Naya and Pastor Doug

August 16, 2011

Naya Maraviglia-Manalo

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.

"Pastor Doug" Carroll

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.



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LIsten. This is a fund for people who want to do something because they care about their friends and family members. This is the type of thing people do because they love other people. And when you love someone, you do anything you possibly can to show that you love them. Money is not important. The parents of Naya did not set up this fund; her friends and family members did. This is a life or death situation. My niece is dying. It’s a helpless situation, and people want to show they care. That’s it.

Are you for real?

I’m just wondering why they are asking for money, many of us have financial problems, be it loss of a job, sickness, legal problems or needing to help out our family members who have lost their jobs etc. Many are struggling to hang onto their homes. So my question is, “will treatment be refused unless they have cash to pay” or are they trying to avoid the debt that medical bills generate?


The state will step in pay for the childs medical care, as for Pastor Doug he may have to wait for Obama care to kick in.

“the state will step in and pay”, yes that is what usually happens when people can’t pay and that is why I popped the question. Generally, there can be a problem when a treatment is new and unproven, not only does the insurance reject the treatment but so does the state. When it’s a last resort, that is a heart breaking situation that requires some help from the community, in my opinion. It’s possible that this is the problem with Pastor Bob and/or it’s possible that if medicare won’t pay (beyond the cutoff) then he is left hanging.

I have to question why the state won’t pay for the baby’s treatment. Usually it’s because the parents don’t qualify for state aide. Not qualifying usually means they have assets like equity in a home or they earn an income that can afford them to make future payments?


I agree with you here but I think you may not want to ask the big question so I will

Are the parents asking for money so they won’t have to sell their assets ?

Before you pass judgement on these people perhaps you should know all of the facts:

1. the parents have never asked for money. They are down in LA hoping and praying that their daughter will make it. It is looking iffy at this point.

2. Their friends and family, feeling completely helpless in this devastating situation, put together this fundraising effort so they could contribute something to try to help this family that they love.

3. If you don’t like it, don’t donate. Period. And while you are at it mind your own business and keep your mouth shut. The family doesn’t need your negativity in this difficult time.