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The PayPal Option for Kyler

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The PayPal Option for Kyler

Kyler VanNocker
Kyler VanNocker

My follow-up column in today's Daily News is about the wonderful response of readers to the plight of Kyler VanNocker, a 5-year-old child with neuroblastoma whose insurance carrier, HealthAmerica, won't pay for the treatment he needs to treat the relapse of his cancer.

The column contains links to a Facebook page that a volunteer created to generate support and monetary help for the VanNocker family, who are bankrupt because of medical expenses. Another Good Samaritan also created a separate web site on the family's behalf. Both sites have links to a PayPal option, so that supporters can easily make a financial donation to the VanNockers.

To go to the Facebook page,  called Help Save 5-year-old, "Kyler VanNocker",   click here.

To go to the other web site, called "Help Save 5 Year Old Kyler VanNocker",  click here.

And thanks again, readers, for your compassion for this wonderful family. If you're of the praying sort, please keep them, and all families struggling with the impact of catastrophic childhood illness, in your good thoughts and prayers.

Ronnie Polaneczky 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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Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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