CIGNA Health Insurance Nightmare

Written by on August 16, 2009 in Food and Miscellany, Notes By The Way with 3 Comments

Read about one man’s struggle to care for his wife and hold his family together. I heard about this from a trusted source. I read the story and wanted to pass it on. If enough people read and do the same (and leave a small donations), it could make a difference.

You can help by posting links on your blog, in Facebook, etc. If enough people get involved, then even small donations will add up. I gave a few dollars with this hope in mind.


Steve, Marian, and the kids

About the Author

About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .


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  • Andrew, we received your donation and I wanted you to know things are going well. Check the blog for updates, but we have raised over $5,000.00 so far. Almost all of the donations are small ones given by people who have then taken the extra time to share Steve’s story with their family, friends and coworkers. Thank you so much! Chris

  • UPDATE: We will be posting a more complete update to the blog this weekend, but I wanted to let you know that we have raised over $8,000.00 so far. We have a long, long way to go, but we are so thankful for the help we have gotten from the blogosphere! Please keep telling people about Steve and his family and keep following the blog for updates: We hope to have some very exciting news early in the week! Email me of you have any questions: . You can also follow us on twitter now: And, above all, THANK YOU. How could we ever express our gratitude for the kindness and generosity of so many people?

  • UPDATE: Steve’s story has gone national!

    Because of people like you who have been willing to share Steve’s struggle with others, we have raised nearly $20,000.00 for Marian Coddington’s desperately needed therapy. We are deeply grateful for all of the support you have already given Steve and Marian.

    Our greatest hurdle has been reaching as many people as we can to help raise the money Steve needs to get Marian the intensive therapies she requires to recover as completely as possible. Marian CAN recover. She is not a vegetable. She is there, trapped in a body she cannot control. But she is in there.

    Today, a short video was released by Brave New Films that features Steve and Marian’s story. We appeal to you, once again, to help us. Please, go to the blog (, watch the video and pass it along to anyone you think might be willing to help. We are already so thankful for the hundreds of people who have gotten us this far. We just haven’t gone far enough yet. But we will. And you can count on it.

    PLEASE, tell your Facebook friends about Steve, twitter it out to all your tweeps, share it with your coworkers, but keep telling his story.

    Thank you.