OSBAid: Helping colleagues in their times of need

Friendly handshakeOSBAid is  a unique, member-led initiative mobilizing members of our legal community to help colleagues during their times of need.
Whenever judges, lawyers, court personnel or paralegals (and their families) experience an unexpected event that requires extra help, OSBAid is ready and willing to assist our legal community in small, but meaningful ways.
Perhaps you or one of your family members need assistance with transportation to a medical appointment, recommendations for medical professionals or treatment, frequent flier miles to get to an out-of-state medical appointment or even an organ transplant.
Sudden tragedies, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster, can also leave you in a state of desperate need. OSBAid can help by alerting all Ohio State Bar Association members and giving them the opportunity to support you in your time of crisis.
The way the program works is simple, but the effects can be significant. Whenever you or someone you know in the legal community learns of a tragic situation:
  • Fill out an OSBAid request form;
  • Moderator and former OSBA Board of Governors member David Hejmanowski will evaluate the request and determine what would be an appropriate expression of support;
  • Hejmanowski will work with the OSBA to post the request on the OSBA Health and Wellness Web page, where more than 25,000 OSBA members and an unlimited number of public website visitors can view and respond to the request; and
  • The request will be emailed to all OSBA members.

OSBAid does not solicit cash. If you have questions about the program, please send them to osbaid@ohiobar.org.
Together, we can build a stronger legal community by helping each other in times of need.

Please read the OSBAid requests below, and let us know if you can help.

Member needs wheelchair

An Ohio State Bar Association member is in need of an ultralight, portable, manual wheelchair. The estimate for the wheelchair is far in excess of what the member's health insurance has offered to cover. OSBAid seeks assistance from members who may know of alternative sources to acquire the chair or who may be skilled in improving the responsiveness of the insurance company in covering the expense of an appropriate chair.

Responses should be made to the OSBAid moderator at dhejmanowski@co.delaware.oh.us.

Help a cancer patient find bone marrow match

Kim Roper is the wife of Ohio State Bar Association member James Roper. In 2009, Kim was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  She has undergone multiple rounds of treatment and the cancer has returned each time. Last month it was determined that the cancer is spreading and that she will need to undergo intensive inpatient chemotherapy in November after which she will need a bone marrow transplant. Kim has no siblings and, as of today, there are no matches in the National Bone Marrow Registry. It is critical that she find a bone marrow match as soon as possible.

As members of the OSBA, we can help Kim and thousands of others like her by joining the National Registry. The process is simple and quick. Follow this link, and join the registry with an easy home kit that involves no more than a cheek swab. When registering please use the promo code match4kim (all lower case letters). You can find more information about Kim’s battle, the Registry and donation process and even a printable flyer about bone marrow donation on Kim’s website:http://www.match4kim.com.

Time is of the essence—please pass the word to others in your community. If you have questions, please contact OSBAid moderator David Hejmanowski at osbaid@ohiobar.org.

Update: Testimonial from cancer survivor
Please read the following message sent to us from OSBA member Arnold White.

I am a cancer survivor. I am also a bone marrow recipient. Fortunately, my brother was a match, and I have lived 22 years as a result of that transplant. While I do not know Kim, I can well imagine what she is going through. For all of you potential donors, giving bone marrow takes only a little more effort than giving blood, but it can mean so much more. Believe me, I know. Help Kim by responding.

Member needs assitance with employment records

An OSBA member in the Columbus area is in need of assistance in correcting Social Security employment records. A former employer failed to report wages and, because of a later medical issue, the member is now in need of assistance in correcting those records in order to establish accurate Social Security benefits/income. If you are able to assist this OSBA member or have other suggestions, please contact OSBAid moderator David Hejmanowski at osbaid@ohiobar.org.



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