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Bank account set up for Sandy woman facing big medical bills

by:  TERESA CHAMBERLAIN

Teresa Chamberlain of Sandy is heading back to Oregon Health and Science University for brain surgery after a routine MRI last week discovered a pre-existing brain tumor was growing.

'This was not the news I wanted or expected to hear, and it was hard to take in,' said Tracy Sapp, Chamberlain's sister. 'It hurts more than I can say to see my sister suffer from chemo, seizures and now another surgery.'

Chamerlain and her husband, Les, are longtime Sandy residents who graduated from Sandy High School. They are raising their three sons, Crafton, 13, Colby, 11, and Chet, 9, in Sandy.

Because Les Chamberlain faces a cutback in job hours, the family will lose its medical insurance at the end of July.

While the July 25 surgery will be covered before the insurance lapses, Chamerlain will still face a significant amount of expense for recovery treatment and medications.

An account has been set up by family at US Bank for donations to help with these expenses. Donations in any amount can be made at US Bank locations. Mention the Teresa Chamberlain fund. Additional fundraisers are in the works.

Les is on the coaching staff of the Sandy High School football team. Teresa worked the 2010-11 school year at Joyful Noise Preschool as a teacher's assistant and hopes to return there in the fall. They attend Good Shepherd Community Church.