Medical bills are a huge source of concern for parents of kids hospitalized because of their special needs. Sometimes, families sacrifice in very creative ways to pay for their kids’ treatment. A while back, my son-in-law Facebooked a link to an article about a dad who’s a medical bill super hero.
Who Is Our Super Hero?
Our medical bill super hero is a Karl Kesel, the mild-mannered comic book writer who, according to an article at www.io9.com, “created the new Superboy character for DC in the 1990s.” Kesel and his wife Myrna adopted their son Isaac, who was addicted to heroin at birth. Little Isaac is now at home with his parents and doing well, but they have adoption bills and medical bills to pay.
How Is Our Super Hero Paying the Medical Bills?
Kesel came up with a creative way to pay the medical bills. He’s put his valuable collection of comic books up for sale, hoping to raise $25,000 for adoption fees and $67,000 for medical bills, though insurance should cover most of that.
The article quotes Myrna, his wife. “It’s so touching to me that he’s willing to sacrifice something he loves so much to help us have a family. It’s a big deal, to let all those comics go.” The article goes on to say, “It’s a fair trade, Karl thinks. An investment in the miracle that continues to unfold, and the baby who screeches with delight each time his father sings to him.”
How Can We Help Our Super Hero?
Even if you’re not a comic book geek (like my son-in-law who says the prices Kesel is asking are more than reasonable), you can still help our super hero. Please pass on Kesel’s story to the geeks you know and love. And be sure to send them to the link to the site where the comic books he’s selling to pay Isaac’s medical and adoption bills can be seen.
What Do You Think?
How does the story of Isaac’s super hero daddy make you feel? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.