The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode that aired tonight was helping a family in our great state of Indiana. Shawna Farina’s mom unfortunately contracted breast cancer at the young age of 29. As a young child she watched her mom fight and survive the difficult battle against cancer. When she started to have a family of her own, she realized she needed to do something and became an organizer of Relay for Life in her small town of St. Meinrad in southern Indiana. When Shawna turned 26 she was also unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer. After leading and organizing Relay for Life events, going to Washington D.C. to participate in the national Relay for Life event, working with the American Cancer Society, and raising nearly a half of a million dollars to fight cancer in a small town of 600 people, she was in the same situation as her mom years ago. The television show replaced their 135 year old Indiana farmhouse, which was full of mold and lacking of insulation, with a brand new house so Shawna could recover properly. I never miss an episode of this show, and cry like a baby at every single episode because they do so much good for people who deserve it, but this episode “hit home” if you know what I mean.
The episode reminded me of our own neighbor, young 33-year old Leslie Hulse who we featured in our first atFishers Community Newsletter. You can read the article here: Local Support Helps Police Officer Raise Awareness. Leslie is a Fishers resident, and Fishers Police Officer, who is going through the same battle as the Hoosiers featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Although she lives in the bigger Town of Fishers, where we don’t have many 130 year old homes, she still deserves our support and help. Shawna’s first bill from the hospital was $25,000, and although Leslie won’t admit what her bills will be like, they are certainly more than a police officer can afford.
Below is the same link we featured in our first newsletter to encourage residents to help Leslie out anyway you can. $10, $20 . . . even better $100 would help Leslie pay her bills so she doesn’t have to worry about the money, and can focus on her recovery. If we can all help a little bit, we will make a huge difference in the life of our neighbor, and someone who protects the streets of Fishers every night so we can feel safe.
100% of the money donated through the Hamilton County F.O.P Fund goes directly to help Leslie pay her medical bills. If you help her through the PayPal link, just type “Leslie Hulse Special Account” in the subject line. Thanks in advance for your support.
You can help Leslie focus on her recovery, rather than her medical bills, by making a donation to her Hamilton County F.O.P. Fund. There are three ways you can help:
1. Donate online to the Hamilton County F.O.P. website at http://www.fop103.org.
Click on the “Donate” button at the bottom left side of the website and enter “Leslie Hulse Special Account” in the “Payment For” field.
2. Drop off your donation to one of the two Regions Banks in Fishers.
8758 E 96th St (near I-69) or 11555 Fishers Dr (near 116th St and Allisonville Rd)
3. Mail your donation to the Hamilton County F.O.P. Make sure to write “Leslie Hulse Special Account” in the Check Memo Field.
Hamilton County FOP
Leslie Hulse Special Account
P. O. Box 305
Fishers, IN 46038-0305
According to Hamilton County F.O.P. President and Fishers Police Officer, Dave Kimm, once Leslie’s bills have been taken care of the extra money will be used for future local officers that need assistance.