Please say hello to the President of Come ALL Who Are Thirsty, Bob Walters. About five years ago, Bob was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After several appointments, it was decided that there was no reason to make any attempt to remove it because it was not growing or moving. About a month ago, Bob went for a routine visit and the neurosurgeon saw that the tumor was starting to grow and needed to be removed. Bob is a patient of the Martinsburg, WV Veterans Hospital. That facility does not have the proper medical care for Bob, so they referred him to the Baltimore Veterans Hospital. Well, as it turns out, Baltimore does not have the correct physician either. So, they in turn referred Bob to the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Bob is scheduled to get the tumor removed on May 5th 2015. FINALLY Bob was going to get the care he MUCH needed and deserved.
This morning, April 10, 2013, Mrs. Walters received a phone call from the Directors office at the Martinsburg VA. That phone call tarnished any and ALL light of hope that her soul mate will continue this walk with her...The Director at the Martinsburg VA reported the he would NOT approve the surgery for Bob. Being Bob is a patient there, the cost would have to be absorbed by Martinsburg and it was not in the directors budget to pay for it.
So, as you can imagine, Mrs. Walters and Bob were devastated! Mrs. Walters reached out to one of the Co-Founders (Directors) of Come ALL Who Are Thirsty, Dwayne Harris. Mrs. Walters explained the situation and said she did not know where to go from here. Dwayne reassured her that this WAS going to be taken care of. His first call was to a Veterans Representative in Frederick, MD. They in turn told him to call the number given which was the Director of the Veterans Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
When Dwayne called the Baltimore VA hospital, he was connected to "Denise" which was the secretary of the director. He explained the situation, and she began to work on it. Dwayne then called Congressman John Delaney's office and spoke with "Sam" one of his aides. Sam also began to get to work on it and mentioned that Congressman Delaney is on a hard drive to correct the flawed Veterans Administration's medical system. The next phone call Dwayne made was to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, Robert McDonald. He left an extensive voice mail.
Later that afternoon, there were several phone calls to include local news station WHAG's Nick Munson. Mrs. Walters called Dwayne back and told him that the Baltimore Veterans Hospital Director said they would cover the cost of the medical that Bob needs! Mr. Munson showed interest in doing a news story on this situation and the community outreach that Come ALL Who Are Thirsty is involved in. Also, it is in the works to possibly have a private meeting with Congressman Dulaney so that this issue can be corrected so that there is not a tragic ending.
Thank you to ALL that took part and made this tragedy have a HAPPY ENDING!!! It has been a VERY long day for all parties involved. Please keep Bob and Mrs. Walters in prayer and stay tuned.....oh....YEA GOD!!!