Badge Raising $1,500 To Cover Atlanta-area Army Wife's Out-of-pocket Surgery Costs On Jan. 15, 2010

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  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) January 06, 2010 - DALLAS-Dallas-area based Web site, announced Tuesday that site namesake, Donny "Daddy" Claxton, is raising funds nationally to help cover the $1,500 out-of-pocket costs for an upcoming surgery for the wife of a Bronze Star recipient and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class.

    Claxton, who lives in Dallas and never has met the Ubbens family, comes from an air force family, and said when he learned of the story of Sgt. Ubbens and his wife, Caroline, "I knew this was going to be one of my 'Daddy's Concerns.'" Claxton wants to raise $1,500 before she goes into her surgery on Jan. 15.

    "Sgt. Ubbens has paid already to keep my kids and home safe through his tours of duty in Iraq," Claxton said. "While the sergeant's military insurance will cover most of the costs for his wife's surgery, they're still going to have out of pocket expenses and I want to be a part of a group across the country who step up and say 'Thank you,' for the sacrifices this family already has offered for our nation."

    Sgt. Ubbens, who has been in the Army for almost 12 years, is stationed at Fort Gillem in the heart of Atlanta, GA. The Ubbens' have two teenage children and Mrs. Ubbens describes herself as a lifetime sufferer of Endometriosis, a painful disease suffered in 5-10 percent of all women.

    "Mrs. Ubbens wrote me a message on Facebook the other night, saying she was in great pain and that one of the women in her support group call the disease, 'the silent life sentence,'" Claxton said. "She clearly counts as one of 'Daddy's Concerns,' and I'm encouraging others to contribute to this cause. We're not asking for a lot of money, but for the Ubbens', it will be worth a fortune."

    Claxton said he found the Ubbens' through Twitter and wrote a post encouraging people to help support the Ubbens' efforts to sell candles on the side for additional income to support their military family. Upon further exchanges of information, it was learned that there were other significant needs the family is facing.

    Claxton has set up a donation button through PayPal on his Web site, and said that all proceeds donated for the Ubbens' family will be given to them mid-January.

    "I'm doing this because I came from an Air Force family with five kids," Claxton said. "How my mother and father ever supported us on a fixed military income is beyond me. I know how hard it is with seven and making more than my dad made. This is one way I know how to pay it back and pay it forward all at the same time." recently featured a newborn in the DFW area who was suffering from Wolman's Disease. The baby, Dakota Dykes, passed away in mid-December.

    "I never got the chance to see little Dakota Dykes or to meet his family, but I was inspired to create the portion of my Web site that's focused on helping others through the power of the Internet," Claxton said. "The Internet is full of people out there trying to use it to make money for themselves. I'm using it to try and help those in need; the unsung heroes, and the people who we'd not hear about otherwise."

    Claxton and his wife, Kari, live in Balch Springs, TX and have a total of seven children. Claxton has served in public relations for more than 20 years and is an avid writer, photographer, and Mac creative. His Web site features projects and activities associated with a big family.

    She recently wrote DaddyClaxton: "When my husband was deployed the last time (he got back Oct 2008) I had such a difficult year with my health (I have the life long disease Endometriosis) always in pain and a second surgery then.

    "I know my candle business is not a huge thing, but every bit helps as I'm not able to work outside the home right now. I'm having more major surgery with Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta on Jan 15th we have the military insurance, but we will still have to come out of pocket $1,500."

    Claxton said donations of any amount are welcome and all will be given to the Ubbens family.

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