Monday, March 24, 2014

San Leandro 911 Dispatcher Needs Prayers, Cards and Quilt

The reason I am writing is to request support and well wishes for one of my Dispatcher’s.  Her name is Karine (32yrs) and she was diagnosed in Dec 2013 with Stage 4 Lymphoma.  Karine has tumors on the outside of her spine, in her spinal cord, liver, chest and lymph nodes.  She has been going through very aggressive chemo treatment and will need to have a bone marrow transplant in the coming months.  Following the bone marrow transplant Karine will need to relocate to temporary housing near Stanford Hospital for 30 to 90 days to be monitored very closely. 

She is a single mother with a beautiful 8 year old daughter Emily. 
Karine is one of my newer dispatcher’s with only 2 years experience, however this job means the WORLD to her.  S She has an amazing drive and an unbelievable optimistic outlook that I have never seen in anyone before.  Being in Law Enforcement is a dream come true for her.

I call her my “Rookie” because she misses work so much she has been listening to her scanner from home.  She loves chatting about how busy a certain shift was, how long a pursuit lasted, or how certain officers always seem to miss dispatch trying to raise them on the air.  She desperately wants to return to work and be a part of the team again. 

I’m asking if you have time please write her a letter or send her a card, she would be extremely excited to hear from other dispatcher’s.  Her daughter and her desire to return to work are truly keeping her strong right now.

If anyone would like to go above and beyond she could use gift cards for grocery’s from (Safeway/Vons, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods).  It’s been a struggle on a single income with the amount of co-pays for doctors visit’s and the several medications she takes on a daily basis. 

I want to Thank You for taking the time to read Karine’s story.  She will truly love your words of encouragement, work experiences or funny stories.

If you would like to send cards of encouragement, quilt or anything else that may help this dispatcher out, please contact me for the address.

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