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Grace Lee Boggs Rallies in Hospice, But Fights Healthcare Costs

Friends of Grace Lee Boggs, the 99-year old author and human rights activist, have established a trust in an effort to help pay for her long-term care expenses.

“We are writing to ask for your support in keeping Grace Lee Boggs in her home in Detroit as she makes her final transition, “ stated the message in the “Living for Change News,” the newsletter e-mailed to supporters and subscribers by Boggs' Detroit-based organization.

Boggs entered hospice care in September, and her condition improved. She is reportedly now stronger and expected to reach her 100th birthday in June.

“Still, she requires 24-hour care,” her trustees report. “Grace’s resources are nearly depleted and those of us around her are limited in how much financial support we can all provide. Her care costs $8,000 per month.”

The newsletter shared that Boggs has lived for some time on a fixed income, and reminded her supporters how long she's worked on behalf of others “with minimal regard for personal advances or riches.”

“Grace has always put the needs of others before her own,” the message said. “Now she is in need of your support.”

The trustees noted that all donations would go to Boggs’ care.

Boggs’ life was made into an independent feature-length documentary film for which she traveled to special screenings throughout the country. The documentary was shown on PBS stations earlier this year.

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