AUGUSTA — Friends, family and the employer of a Maine woman who was left with $60,000 in unpaid medical bills when her husband died have set up a fund to help her.

The bills mounted for Theresa D’Andrea of Limerick after her husband, Rocky, exceeded the $250,000 lifetime health insurance cap while battling cancer.

President Barack Obama recognized her during his health care rally in Portland two weeks ago.

Bev Baker, D’Andrea’s boss, says D’Andrea lost her husband, savings and retirement fund. She says the new fund will help to ensure that she doesn’t lose her home, as well.

Insurance caps are being eliminated both under a new state law that the couple lobbied for and under the new federal health care overhaul.