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Costly Test Is Hurdle For Benefits

Sunday, September 23, 2001

The State of Utah rejected Gaydra Robins's disability application because she did not have a current MRI result from a neurologist.
The 55-year-old widow from Salina works part time at a small craft store. Her health insurance terminated the day her husband died.
Robins also has multiple sclerosis.
Her mother-in-law, Gina Jackman Cruise, wrote to Grand Request for help to pay for the medical procedure. With the proof, Robins could obtain disability benefits.
On behalf of the Thomas K. McCarthey Foundation, I wish to give Robins a check for $1,000 to cover the expenses of an MRI.
The foundation committee from The Salt Lake Tribune receives numerous requests. All are worthy. Selecting only one each week remains difficult. If we like more than one request we hold them over.
There is no need to send repeats. Once we get the first one, it is considered closely.
I have received some of the nicest thank-you letters from Grand Request recipients. My desire is to aid those in need.
Just the fact that people take the time to write warms my heart.
To Submit A Grand Request:

As concisely as possible, explain to columnist McCarthey what you would do with $1,000. The criteria: Utah residency, authorship and a worthy intention. Finalists are chosen each week by a screening committee and, following a verification process, McCarthey chooses a winner. One letter per individual per week. No phone calls or e-mails, please. Requests not received in time for one week's screening become part of next week's submissions. Send applications, with name, address, phone number and name of parent or guardian, if a minor, to: Grand Request, The Salt Lake Tribune, 143 S. Main, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. 
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