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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One Kansas City Royals fan feels like she is being punished for the good deed of others.

Joyce Jeter has a debilitating medical condition, causing her to rely on Social Security as her only source of income. Royals fans rallied around her to raise money to send her to a game at Kauffman Stadium, but now that gift is leaving her financial future in jeopardy.

Joyce told Fox4KC she feels like she's being robbed all because she accepted a gift.

"All growing up and everything, even up to today, I get made fun of all the time," Joyce explained.

Joyce's life has been anything but easy. She has an incurable disease called neurofibromatosis that causes her to have visible tumors all over her body.

One tumor on her thigh turned out to be cancerous, and her leg had to be amputated.

"I'm in constant pain all the time," Joyce explained. "It prevents me from doing some things."

Joyce is unable to work and must draw her income from Social Security.

While she faced many battles, she remained positive. There was one thing she loved, however, that always seemed just out of reach: the Royals.

"I never got to go to a game, a playoff game or a World Series game or anything like that because I can't afford it," she said.

One day she posted on a Royals fan page about her dream to go to a game. She said she almost immediately regretted it, as people started bullying her.

"I got kind of made fun of, and smart remarks about my disorder and stuff, and saying, 'what is that? she needs to take her mask off,'" she said.

A few fans saw the post and decided to create a GoFundMe page to get Joyce to a game. The page ended up raising more than $3,700, and Joyce got to see her boys in blue.

"It was just awesome being there. I mean, it was just a feeling like, 'God, this is like, maybe heaven,'" Joyce laughed.

But now that feeling is costing her: Joyce's Social Security is being taken away.

She received letters from Social Security notifying her she was supposed to tell them about the GoFundMe, and now they're going to take the money out of her Social Security checks.

"I'm troubled and stuff, because I can't afford to lose that $176 a month."

Now she doesn't know what to do.

"Actually, it's like taking food out of my mouth."

Joyce is looking to speak to Legal Aid about her options and is hoping for a positive outcome.

13 comments

  • Anonymiss

    She agreed that she would report any income she gets. She did not do that. That is why they are taking it away. When you are on welfare, As for why she gets $176 a month? She gets SS for $176 a month and no SSI? There HAS to be more to this story than what we are being told!

    • Joyce Jeter

      You All Don’t Even Know The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

    • Joyce Jeter

      JOYCE JETER
      Thank You. The Fund Raiser Was To Get Me A Half Season Ticket To 41 Home Games. A World Serice Tick3t. And Buy Me A Cheap Car To Get To DR. Apt. Store Church. I Worked From 1968. Till 1988 20 Years And Paid Into SS 20 Years. And The Strangers That Set It Up And Took Care Of It Was Because Of The Bullying I Got In A Group Room In Royals Fan Page. Thanks For The Nice Comment. Some Of Above Are Rude. Have A Safe Blessed Week.
      JOYCE JETER
      You All Don’t Even Know The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

    • Joyce Jeter

      I Do Pay My Bills. Thithes
      And Medical Bills. .
      ..

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One Kansas City Royals fan feels like she is being punished for the good deed of others.

      Joyce Jeter has a debilitating medical condition, causing her to rely on Social Security as her only source of income. Royals fans rallied around her to raise money to send her to a game at Kauffman Stadium, but now that gift is leaving her financial future in jeopardy.

      Joyce told Fox4KC she feels like she’s being robbed all because she accepted a gift.

      “All growing up and everything, even up to today, I get made fun of all the time,” Joyce explained.

      Joyce’s life has been anything but easy. She has an incurable disease called neurofibromatosis that causes her to have visible tumors all over her body.

      One tumor on her thigh turned out to be cancerous, and her leg had to be amputated.

      “I’m in constant pain all the time,” Joyce explained. “It prevents me from doing some things.”

      Joyce is unable to work and must draw her income from Social Security.

      While she faced many battles, she remained positive. There was one thing she loved, however, that always seemed just out of reach: the Royals.

      “I never got to go to a game, a playoff game or a World Series game or anything like that because I can’t afford it,” she said.

      One day she posted on a Royals fan page about her dream to go to a game. She said she almost immediately regretted it, as people started bullying her.

      “I got kind of made fun of, and smart remarks about my disorder and stuff, and saying, ‘what is that? she needs to take her mask off,'” she said.

      A few fans saw the post and decided to create a GoFundMe page to get Joyce to a game. The page ended up raising more than $3,700, and Joyce got to see her boys in blue.

      “It was just awesome being there. I mean, it was just a feeling like, ‘God, this is like, maybe heaven,'” Joyce laughed.

      But now that feeling is costing her: Joyce’s Social Security is being taken away.

      She received letters from Social Security notifying her she was supposed to tell them about the GoFundMe, and now they’re going to take the money out of her Social Security checks.

      “I’m troubled and stuff, because I can’t afford to lose that $176 a month.”

      Now she doesn’t know what to do.

      “Actually, it’s like taking food out of my mouth.”

      Joyce is looking to speak to Legal Aid about her options and is hoping for a positive outcome.

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      MY OPINION
      Good ol’ SS trying to scam everyone they can. I am sure the tickets didn’t cost that much but who cares. Let her have some fun

      DECEMBER 5, 2016 AT 12:01 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      JOYCE JETER
      Thank You. The Fund Raiser Was To Get Me A Half Season Ticket To 41 Home Games. A World Serice Tick3t. And Buy Me A Cheap Car To Get To DR. Apt. Store Church. I Worked From 1968. Till 1988 20 Years And Paid Into SS 20 Years. And The Strangers That Set It Up And Took Care Of It Was Because Of The Bullying I Got In A Group Room In Royals Fan Page. Thanks For The Nice Comment. Some Of Above Are Rude. Have A Safe Blessed Week. GOD Bless

  • Anonymiss

    You’re right. There are a lot of people who work who can’t afford it. However, they can do something about that. Actually that have several options that she does not. 1. Take out a loan. (She would NEER get approved on $176 a month). 2. Work a couple of hours overtime every day. (She doesn’t work, so that’s out). 3. Get a second job. (She doesn’t even have a first job). She is on a fixed income. I am on disability…and there are a lot of things I wish that I could do, like take a train trip across the country. I can’t afford it, so I don’t. Paying my bills is a need, going to a ball game is not. I remember one time someone was saying “I can’t sleep if I don’t go skiing!” The response someone else made to that was “I can’t sleep if I can’t pay my bills!”

    • Joyce Jeter

      You All Don’t Even Know The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    No I Did Not Get The cash. When The GoFundMe Was Set up By Strangers I Met In The Royal’s Fan Facebook Group. To Buye A Half Season Tickets A Ticket To The Worlds Series Game.
    And Buy Me A Cheap Car To Get Back Forward To Dr. Apts And Store. I Did Not Have Action To Withdraw The Money. You Should Read The Story On GoFundMe.
    GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    You All Don’t Even Know The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    You All Don’t Even Know The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    Some Of You Are Making Rude Smart Remarked And Dont Even Know The Whole Story. I Am Not On Welfare.
    You All Don’t Even Know
    The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    Some Of You Are Making Rude Smart Remarked And Dont Even Know The Whole Story. I Am Not On Welfare.
    You All Don’t Even Know
    The Whole Story . You Should ReadThe Story Of Why And Who Set Up The GoFundMe. And I Didn’t Know Turn Gift I Get. I Worked From 1968 Till 1988 When I Became Disabled. I Paid Into SS. 20 Years. Thank You GOD BLESS

  • Joyce Jeter

    It Was Half Season Tickets . As The GoFundMe Stated It Was Going To Be Used For. I Wish I Could Work. Due To My Age Health And Medical I Can Not Work. I Did Work Until I Wasn’t Able To Anymore.
    I Worked From 1968 Until 1988. Before My Health Got So Bad. I Did In t Agree To Tell SSI Every time I Got A Gift. Either Way I Am Appealing It. Have A Blessed Week. GOD Bless

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