Report: Brother’s Star Wars fire pits helping St. Francisville woman with medical bills _lowres

Melody Eschete with brother Ron Spragg

A St. Francisville woman recently received a loving gesture from more than 2,000 miles away -- and it came in the form of a fire-breathing Darth Vader.

Melody Eschete, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014, was browsing her brother’s Etsy shop and stumbled upon an area where he decribes wanting to help her, according to a report at the Calgary Sun website.

Her brother — Ron Spragg of Calgary, Alberto, Canada — was making fire pits inspired by Star Wars characters in his spare time to raise money to help offset Eschete’s medical bills in Louisiana.

“I just started crying uncontrollably,” said Eschete, a registered nurse who moved to Louisiana from Calgary in 1993.

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Eschete, who has lived in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs before settling in St. Francisville, is undergoing treatment that requires numerous medications a day and several injections each week, costing almost $6,500 per month. Insurance helps, but it can’t cover everything, she told the Sun.

While her brother’s gesture will help financially, Eschete is pleased about the added awareness he’s bringing to the disease. She’s helping to spread the story on the Facebook page she administers, Lyme Lives Everywhere.

Spragg said he’s just happy to help.

“I’ve never really shown her how much she meant to me,” he told the Sun. ““She was my rock, really, and raised me, as far as she used to beat up boys for me before I grew. So I really owe her. It’s my turn to give back to her.”

See the Calgary Sun story here.