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Dear Tom,

I am writing about my friend, john who is definitely in need of a Christmas wish. In November of last year, john was at his job as a janitor at the m & s grill when he started having chest pains and stiffness in his arm.   He took a tums and decided to wait out the pain.  Later that night he was rushed to the hospital and it was confirmed that he had a heart attack due to 100% blockage in his right artery.  A stint had to be placed in his heart and he has been recovering ever since.

John is on several medications and a daily aspirin regimen to regulate his heart and keep the blood flowing in his arteries.  He can no longer manage to do janitorial work full-time and has reduced his work week to only a few hours a day.  He  has a small flea market business to supplement his income selling scented oils, however he is out of supplies, so that has stopped as well.  John turned fifty-one on January 6, but feels as if he has nothing to celebrate.

Tom, john’s prescriptions cost him two-hundred dollars a month at the pharmacy at Walmart; he cannot miss one day without risking another heart attack or even death.   Sadly, his bi-weekly pay is not enough to cover both his medication and living expenses. It is my Christmas wish to ask for your help to make sure my dear friend can get the medication he needs to stay alive and some supplies for his flea-market business, so he can survive until he can get more long-term assistance.


Nancy Publow

Wednesday Christmas Wish: John MacCray  was originally published on