This past summer, maybe early June, I came across an ad on craigslist for someone wanting a swimming pool for their dog. This is Pugi, an obviously much loved dog, who wanted a pool of his own.
|Linda before her diagnosis with Pugi|
Linda had her five year remission anniversary on August 1, 2010.
|Linda with her daughter, Teri|
|Linda with her mom, Dorothy (seated)|
Okay, hang on to all of that for a minute......moving to the next scenario......I do petsitting and one of my clients is this lady, Suzanne:
Suzanne is Bingo's mom -- those of you that have followed my photos have met Bingo, and his cat Boyla, and they had a guinea pig, Nibbles, who sadly got his wings a few months ago. Suzanne was showing me a special place she likes to walk Bingo and we were talking about stuff.....and the subject came up about Suzanne's knowledge about fund raising and nonprofit organizations and various other things...and I mentioned Linda. Suzanne said she refers clients to various entities so knew that there was help out there for Linda. I passed that information on but Linda had already tried several of those places and was denied help. After Nibbles got his wings, Suzanne and her husband decided that their daughter was such a good guinea pig mom that it was time for her to have her dream dog -- a pug. So i told her Linda had a pug and i would see if she had any connections or leads on a dog. And mentioned again that she was having no success with the denture situation.
Suzanne had some ideas about ways to help Linda, so we decided to get together and discuss everything over coffee. There were a few things that we could put into play, fundraising locally, an internet appeal with a chip-in on Facebook and Myspace, contacting political figures and news media outlets with this story and trying to generate any interest or help anywhere, because it really was a matter of the clock ticking, of Linda really needing to get these dentures to avoid other potential health issues.
I am really limited in my ability to set up things on the internet, to do a page on Facebook, so i contacted some of the animal/rescue people i have met on Facebook and got some hints and ideas of how to go about this. We needed for Linda to write out her story and we needed to post it with pictures and links and somehow spread the word.....so I contacted this man, who happens to be my son, Cory:
And then....Cory took the ball and ran with it. He took the information back to his work the next day, Tuesday, October 5. He spoke with the human resources division of his company. They have in the past assisted people in situations not unlike Linda's. Cory's supervisor, James, is a part of that group. And he knows from personal experience what its like to be in a position like this and need help. He participated in some fund raising for his own brother who had bone cancer. This is James:
On Thursday, October 7, Cory called me. The dentist that Shawna worked for previously in Dayton, Dr. K, agreed to see Linda in consultation on Friday, October 8. He was willing to help her pro bono. His time, the man behind the scenes in the lab, Gary, and the dental assistant Tiffany -- they all made this happen for Linda because of Shawna, because of James, because of Cory.
We met with James and Shawna Thursday night, and on Friday, Shawna took Linda to Dayton.
Is this not an amazing story? Maybe its because i know these people and have watched this story unfold that it makes me cry while I'm sitting here typing. I am so proud of Cory and the man he has become. And his friends. And their friends. Everyone working together to help one woman that no one even knew until this week!!
So we all met today at Cory's place to brainstorm where we go from here. Linda is going to need hearing aids. And those are also NOT paid for by her Medicaid/disability insurance. So we are going to do a fund raiser for her. We are working on a venue. Broken Roots is going to put together the entertainment. There will be food. There will be drinks. There will be flyers printed and distributed. There will be media involvement. James even gave it a name -- ROCKERS FOR HEARING AIDS
This is Linda and her mom at the meeting today:
|Alexa and Waverly|
This story isn't over. There will be more pictures when Linda gets her dentures and when we have more details about the fund raiser. Cory is putting the websites together. There will be a chip-in linked to the websites and this blog. For those of you not familiar, Chip-In is a really simple way to send money. You click a button, it takes you to Paypal, and automatically connects to Linda's donation site. One click and you can send her a little bit of money to help her get the hearing aids. The cost of a pack of gum, the cost of a cup of coffee. Just a tiny donation. We've seen the miracle of what a small group of people can do. We can make her hearing aids happen, too!!!
Stay tuned -- and meanwhile -- HUGE round of applause for Cory, Shawna, James and Suzanne!!