Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Suzanne Cramsey . . . has a very unique medical problem.
Suzanne Cramsey was bitten by a rare spider in March of 2002 and she has literally fallen through the cracks as far as medical treatment is concerned. Her insurance company won't cover her treatment, and she and her husband Steve don't have the resources for the treatment she needs. If she does not get help soon, she's going to lose her arm to amputation.
Jesus showed compassion to those he came in contact with who were suffering. He made the lame walk and the blind see. We can't do what Jesus did, but we can show compassion to someone like Suzanne who needs our immediate help.
This is no urban legend and it's no joke. I have checked out this
Her church, McLean Bible Church in Mclean, Virginia, has set up a special fund to help Suzanne and her husband through this medical and financial crisis. I have already sent them a check. If you would also like to help, you may send a check to:
Suzanne Cramsey Spider Bite Fund
C/O Mclean Bible Church
8923 Leesburg Pike,
P.O. Box 9300
McLean, VA 22102
Thank you and God bless you.
Origins: We're not quite sure yet what to make of this plea. We called the McLean Bible Church and spoke to the Parish Nurse, who said that she knew nothing about this item, and that a parishioner with such a need would almost certainly be assisted by another member of the church. (McLean Bible Church has 9,000 members, many of whom are doctors.) We also spoke to someone at the church office who was not aware of Suzanne Cramsey's situation and knew nothing about a special church fund being established to assist her.
So, we wrote to Suzanne at the e-mail address found in some versions of this message and received the following response:
MY HUSBAND AND I MOVED TO VIRGINIA OVER
I LIVED IN CALIFORNIA ALL OF MY LIFE, AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS, AND BROTHER AND SISTER, BUT I KNEW THAT THE CHILDREN AND MY HUSBAND NEEDED EACH OTHER, AND HONESTLY I BECAME THEIR MOTHER, AND I JUST LOVE IT. UNFORTUNATELY THEIR BIO-MOM HAS BEEN ON DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND MANY LEGAL ARRESTS.
OUR CHURCH IN MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA WAS FANTASTIC, AND THEY AGREED WITH OUR DECISION.
MY HUSBAND'S BROTHER IS DAN CRAMSEY, AND HIS WIFE MARCIE THAT WORKS AT THE BALLS FORD ROAD CHURCH. WE BEGAN ATTENDING MCLEAN BIBLE AT BALLS FORD THE THIRD WEEK WE ARRIVED IN VIRGINIA. WE NOW ATTEND ON SATURDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEW FACILITY (WILD LIFE CENTER) IN MCLEAN. I HOPE THIS ANSWERS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS, AND GOD BLESS YOU. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL CHURCH FAMILY, AND PASTOR LON.
WARMLY IN CHRIST,
STEVE AND SUZANNE CRAMSEY
Last updated: 30 September 2007