Kirsten Kettler


If I were blessed with $50,000 my first thought would be using it to help my father. Just by a glance, he looks like a perfectly healthy person. But, if you were to see the results of his colonoscopy, you would discover that he has Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract. Even though he may seem okay on the outside, he could be going through extreme amounts of pain. Stress can easily trigger this, and it is best if he rests to calm it. My father is a sheet metal worker, and because he is passionate about his work, it gives him something else to focus on other than the pain and discomfort from the disease. For the past five years, the economy has had a direct impact on his employment. Being unemployed causes a lot of stress. Not only does he have his family to worry about, but his health, medication, and insurance. At one point, my family has had to utilize food banks, food stamps, and Medicaid. My father had to pay out of pocket for his medication and health insurance which was extremely expensive. If I could help relieve my dad of this stress and anxiety of not knowing if he can afford his medication or health insurance, I would give him my $50,000 without hesitation.