Since the story aired last Wednesday about a Glen Ellyn cancer survivor who faces foreclosure while trying to save her 116-year-old Victorian home, thousands of people from across the country have offered their assistance.
Linda Hatchell says her mailbox has since been overflowing with cards of encouraging words, checks, cash and any form of support that people have been able to give to her. Some have even offered to buy the house and let Hatchell and her husband live in it while her health improves.
Hatchell purchased the home years ago after the village put it up for sale for $1 plus the cost of moving the house off of its location to make room for construction.
She has since lost her job in the loan industry, and in 2009, a doctor confirmed her worst fears: cancer. Medical expenses began to mount alongside the cost of her dream home.
But some kindly readers have offered to prevent that from happening. There have been enough donations, she said, that she may be able to stay in her home.
As a result, Hatchell is directing those who wish to donate to Washington-based, non-profit website Giving Anonymously.
Hatchell will receive a check with 100 percent of the funds donated to her on the site, which only asks for an optional donation to cover the credit card transactions, but it is not required.
Her first check went in the mail today for just over $1,000.
You can also send checks to her address: 750 Elm St. Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Hatchell says she is overwhelmed and wants to thank everyone for helping her out. She plans to write a thank you card to everyone that sends her a card.