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Rachel Cramer and Garrett Cramer in 2015. Garrett is awaiting a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
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Right next to the cash register, there it is. A mason jar or fishbowl with a handwritten sign asking for donations to a medical expense fund. Often, it’s for a child or a younger adult who’s suffered an accident or unexpected catastrophic illness. Sometimes, there’s a photograph of the person taken during happier times.