Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told.
Financial aid recipient No. 6: Meghan Ralph has been heavily involved in the Denver theatre community since 2004, working as actor, stage manager, assistant director, run crew, box office, photographer and anything in-between. She is one of the founders of Equinox Theatre Company and has worked with The E Project (now The Edge), Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage, Mirror Image, Byers Evans House Theatre and others. Last year, she played the lead role of Theresa in Firehouse Theatre’’s “Boy Gets Girl.”
Her story: Meghan had emergency surgery and a hospital stay in March to remove her gallbladder. She wound up needing surgery twice in two days, which took heavy toll on her body and her finances. Though Meghan has health insurance through her work, she was left responsible for more than $5,000 in outstanding bills from six different medical agencies. Trying to keep up has affected her ability to purchase everyday things like gas and groceries.
How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has issued Meghan a $500 check to help defray her considerable remaining medical bills. In addition, the Denver Actors Fund’s Meal Prep Team headed by Kristen Samu has arranged to deliver several homemade gluten- and dairy-free meals to Meghan’s home.
A message from Meghan: ‘This day started off rough, but I am feeling a lot of the pressure lift. I feel like it will be a journey, but my feet are on the ground and better able to walk it. I am amazed — and so grateful for this support and help. When you’re down and out and you start feeling like you have nothing, and don’t know where to turn, and then you are quickly shown that you have backing and support and people ready to rally around you (“Avengers” Assemble Style!!!!) it changes the way you see the world and the people in it. I am truly grateful for this.”
To help us help Meghan more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to Meghan Ralph, mail checks in her name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.
Meghan Ralph in Firehouse Theatre Company’s “Boy Gets Girl” in 2013. Photo by Brian Brooks.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org
How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):
To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here
To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212
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