LETTER: Employer Lays Off Employee After Cancer Diagnosis, Plea for Fundraiser Going Viral

Update:

To help Carol, please click on this page: “Bumper’s Buddies

The Beaver Countian has followed up and wrote:

The handwritten letter attributed to Dr. George Visnich Jr., an oral surgeon with offices in Aliquippa, Chippewa, and New Castle, told the woman she was being laid off from work.

“The symptoms of the disease, the pain medications you will need and the side effects of the chemotherapy will be significant and distracting,” read the letter in part. “You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life. Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014. Your last paycheck will be mailed to you this Friday, 8/15/14.”

Carol’s sister Joyce made photocopies of the letter and began handing it out to people. Her friend Rose Lerini published a picture she took of the letter to Facebook where it went viral.

“She had been working full-time for this man for over 12 years,” said Smerigan. “He didn’t even call her, he hasn’t even called her once since she got sick.”

The Beaver Countian was unable to reach Dr. Visnich to discuss Carol Jumper or the letter. “Dr. Visnich is unavailable today, he is in surgery all day,” said a woman who answered the phone at his office. She declined to discuss Jumper or take a message seeking comment from the doctor before hanging up the phone.

A copy of the Dr. Visnich letter also found its way to the Celtic-Reds Athletic Club in Aliquippa, where it now hangs prominently on a wall.

 

Last night, a letter from an oral surgeon to an office assistant was posted on social media, and in a plea for help, the letter is starting to go viral.  The letter that was posted to Facebook stated:

Dear Carol,

You are currently engaged in a battle against cancer that will be demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.  The symptoms of the disease, the pain medications you will need, and the side effects of the chemotherapy will be significant and distracting.  You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life.  Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014.  Your last paycheck will be mailed to you this Friday 8/15/14.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you firth this horrible disease.  Thanks for your time at Visnich Oral Surgery.  I hope your battle is swift, smooth and successful!

As Always,

A friend of Carol’s, Rose Lerini, wrote the following plea.

My friend, Carol, had a stomach ache for a few days. Her partner made her go to the hospital. It turns out she has cancer. So while she struggles with her treatment, she got a letter from her employer.

Please share this.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Carol
October 4
Croatian club
2365 Mill Street
Aliquippa PA

3:00-7:00
$10

When reaching out to Rose Lerini, Carol’s friend who posted the original photo with the date of the fundraiser, Rose explained that Carol is in her mid 40’s, engaged and set to get married next year.  To help pay her bills, Carol held two jobs, and instead of pestering or bothering the employer who wrote this letter, Rose would prefer people to send letters of encouragement to Carol and, if possible, attend the spaghetti dinner on October 4th in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  The dinner runs from 3:00-7:00 PM and the prefered admission is $10.

 

 

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