I thought I would share this article that was in the Today's Trucking.
Colleagues Rush To Help Suddenly Sick Dad
Some have asked how to get money/aid to Nathan and Aileen. As you can read at the end of this article, Nathan's work is busy with the process of opening an account. As soon as we have further details we will pass them along so others can also make use of this information also.
Aileen continues to be overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received from those she knows and then to see such overwhelming support from those she does not know is an amazing blessing during these difficult times. God continues to give her the strength to go on from day to day. We can certainly see how the prayers of so many have upheld her, as well as the rest of us, during the past couple weeks.
Colleagues rush to help suddenly sick dad 11/05/2010
BURLINGTON, Ont. - - Last Monday, Nathan Diek, a technician at Sheehan's Truck Center, the local Volvo truck dealer here, called in sick. Said he wasn't feeling well.
Diek, 32, father of two and resident of St. Ann, Ont., showed up at Sheehan's Tuesday but headed home early. Wednesday he was a no-show.
Thursday, his wife (a nurse) Aileen called to tell his colleagues that Diek had been diagnosed with nectrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) and that he had to have his left leg amputated above the knee. And that he almost died on the operating table.
His heart had stopped the night before and they had to revive him to keep him alive. They were removing affected tissue and trying to stabilize him. Later that same day his kidneys shut down and he was in surgery again. They placed him in an induced coma.
His life will never be the same.
That night, at the monthly meeting of the Kitchener Waterloo Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents (ATSSA), Sheehan's Service Manager Marc Poland passed the hat and raised $800 just like that. And he's only getting started.
Poland says Diek will never be able to return to work in the same capacity as before and the family will need moral and financial support.
"This disease has been a huge burden on this small family and although they have support from their families and their church. I would like to request donations from any/all industry people who are willing. Its difficult to comprehend something as terrible as this."
You can find out more by clicking on Aileen's blog www.prayingfornathand.blogspot.com or you email Poland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He's currently working on opening an account in Diek's name but in the meantime offered his own email address (email@example.com) for anyone wishing to help out.
His office phone number is (905) 632-0300."Nathan is part of Sheehan's family and has worked here for six years," Poland says.
"In his spare time he repairs vehicles for people and helps out those who are not able to afford to take their cars to a retail shop. He is just one of those all-around good guys."