Never underestimate the power of caring readers.
Two weeks ago, staff writer Soumya Karlamangla introduced Los Angeles Times readers to Barbara Garnaus, a Laguna Woods resident who bought health insurance under
Garnaus, who has been undergoing treatments for
"That's the $100 I don't have," she said.
“My wife died of cancer seven years ago. I am now taking my girlfriend to the hospital every morning for the next month and a half for radiation treatments to combat
A couple sent a check with a note reading, "As cancer survivors who are blessed, we would like to pay those blessings forward."
"Cancer sucks. Not being able to get doctor-recommended tests is worse," another reader wrote. "I'm happy to be a cancer survivor helping another."
Yet another reader addressed Garnaus directly: “You’re taking such good care of yourself. Maybe the L.A. Times readers can provide a little tailwind now. I’ve been there. Be well. Rebuild.”
"I am so blown away by all of these donations," she said. "Literally, there are no words. I am just sitting in amazement at these incredibly beautiful, caring, wonderful, generous people."
She said that her doctor had recommended getting the CT scan in May, and that she now would schedule it.
She said she was sitting down to write thank you notes to the readers, "if my hand could stop shaking."