San Diego
Municipal Employees Association

Catastrophic Leave Requests

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Hello. My name is Chela Madere. I have been employed for three years with the City of San Diego as a Legal Secretary with the Office of the City Attorney. On January 9, 2015, I was diagnosed with what appeared to be a malignant mass/tumor(s). The doctors immediately scheduled and performed surgery on January 29, 2015. My recuperation time is six to eight weeks. In the meantime, my leave has been exhausted. Would you please consider donating leave time to me? Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Hello! My name is Carolyn Carr. I am a 25 year career employee with the City of San Diego. I suffered a City injury in 2012, and will now need surgery to finally correct the issue that has plagued me for over 10 years. I have used up all of my leave time due to a hand issue that required appointments. I feel that I cannot become homeless while trying to get well. Any time that you can donate would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance,

Carolyn Carr

My name is Steve Tinkham and my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer which has moved to her spine and neck. She requires daily trips for treatment. I have worked for the City for nearly 6 years and we have 7 children, Sadie, Shane, Mason, E.J., Christian, Caden and Khloe. I'm very low on leave and I need help so I can be there for my wife.

Steve Tinkham

I am requesting catastrophic leave due to the fact that I am now completely responsible for caring for my sick mother. She was living in Georgia with her husband but he is no longer able to care for her due to his own serious health condition. My mom is in the last stages of severe dementia. She needs assistance with eating, bathing and other everyday simple tasks that we generally take for granted. My mother is in a constant state of confusion, and at times, she thinks that I am her mother, sister, best friend, and sometimes even a "nice lady". My mother very seldom remembers I am her daughter, but I am willing to be whatever she needs me to be if it makes her happy. I can't begin to explain the daily care that is needed since it varies daily, and I usually have to be in character for wherever she is mentally. I don't have any assistance during the day at this time and that is why I am unable to work. I am in the process of applying for MediCal so that we may get IHSS (In Home Health Services). Even with that service, the State will only pay for a certain amount of hours. Basically, this means they will not pay for the whole 8 hours I am at work and the travel time it takes to get there. Any donation given would graciously be appreciated by myself and my family!

God bless you and have a wonderful day!

AveMaria Perkins