Monday, April 27, 2015

How to Help Kyler

Response has been overwhelming to my story today about Kyler VanNocker's need for the life-saving cancer treatment that his insurance carrier will not cover.

How to Help Kyler

This happy family scene - (from left) father Paul holding Kyler, Kaden (in back), mother Maria holding Anelise - faces the loss of 5-year-old Kyler because their insurance company is refusing to pay for the only known viable treatment for his disease.
This happy family scene - (from left) father Paul holding Kyler, Kaden (in back), mother Maria holding Anelise - faces the loss of 5-year-old Kyler because their insurance company is refusing to pay for the only known viable treatment for his disease. CURT HUDSON / For the Daily News

Response has been overwhelming to my story today about Kyler VanNocker's need for the life-saving cancer treatment that his insurance carrier will not cover.

Daily News readers, big-hearted to a fault, have asked how to make a financial contribution to the VanNocker family, whose medical expenses have left them bankrupt. 

If you're moved to donate, make a check or money order payabale to "Paul and Maria VanNocker" and mail it to my attention at the Daily News. I will forward your gift to them immediately.

Thanks so much for your compassion and concern. Kyler and his family have been through the wringer, and any help they receive is much needed.

Mail your donations to:

Ronnie Polaneczky
Philadelphia Daily News
400 N. Broad St.
Philadephia, PA 19130

Thanks again.

Daily News Columnist
About this blog

When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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