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A few weeks ago, several of us publicized a GoFundMe campaign for a member of the Farm Family who needed a bit of help.  I’m happy to report that the campaign has raised over $18,500 for Andi, and it’s still open if you can help.

Thank you all so much for your generosity.  I’m sure it will go a long way toward helping Andi and her family recover.

The raffle that OldNFO set up to encourage and reward donors has ended.  Looking at the list of prizes, it’s quite impressive.  Winners are being contacted, and will be announced soon.

To the winners, congratulations! To all of you who were able to help out, thanks!

Helping Out

A member of the extended tribe could use a bit of help, and anything you can give would be appreciated.

My sister in law, Andrea (everyone calls her Andi) suffered a stroke in mid August. Unfortunately, it wasn’t diagnosed correctly for two weeks, delaying treatment.

We’re currently waiting for results from a battery of autoimmune tests that were run once the stroke was correctly diagnosed, and still don’t know what the cause was. Those tests are extremely expensive, and we’re unsure what the ultimate cost will be right now. What do know is that she’s lost strength and mobility in her left arm and leg. She’s facing a year to 18 months of physical therapy to get back to full function. 

Andi is an artistic soul. She creates beautiful metal artwork for their business, and she plays the guitar in her free time with her mother to relax. She says that’s the hardest thing about this whole situation- she can’t chord, and hasn’t been able to play the guitar since it happened.

We’re estimating the costs of her physical therapy right now, and waiting for results on the tests, and to see if more tests are necessary.

Andi has not been able to afford health insurance, because she and my brother own a business. Unfortunately the business makes too much money for them to get assistance with health insurance, but not enough for them to be able to afford health insurance and raising two boys.

Any help will be much appreciated, as Andi needs to begin physical therapy as soon as possible in order to have the best outcome, and without health insurance she has to pay the full cost of every session.

Andi is a member of the Farm Family, who host Blogorado every year, and have been very generous with their time to me and many others.  In order to sweeten the pot a bit, OldNFO and several other friends have put together a raffle for some pretty awesome prizes.

Here are the ‘rules’ $10 per chance, $50/6 chances, $100/12 chances, etc. Make your donation to the Go Fund Me above, and copy your donation receipt to 4anditherapy@gmail.com. This will count as your entry into the raffle. If you have already donated, we will accept prior donations to the Go Fund Me.

I am adding signed copies of “Tales of the Minivandians” and “Coming Home” to the non-gun packages.

If you can help Andi and her family out, please do.  It would be greatly appreciated.

Helping Out One of Our Own

If you’ve been around the blogs for a while, you probably know TinCan Assassin over at Nine Pound Sledge.  Over the past couple of years, he and his wife have struggled to keep their family together, and a lot of us know what that’s like.  After a lot of work on both their parts and a lot of prayers and good thoughts from friends and family, they’re going to try to put their family back together, but they could use a little help.

He’s in Missouri, and his wife and child are in Ohio.  They’ve put up a GoFundMe site to try to raise the money he needs to move to Ohio and rejoin his family.  Anything you all can spare to help a brother out will go toward bringing his family back together.

But I’m going to sweeten the deal.

Everyone who contributes to the campaign and emails me a copy of their receipt at daddybear@daddybearsden.com will go into a drawing for some “fabulous” prizes.

When the campaign hits  the goal of $2000 or on October 14, whichever comes first, I’ll draw three names.

  • First name out of the hat gets a free signed copy of Tales of the Minivandians.
  • Second name out of the hat gets a free signed copy of Via Serica
  • Third name out of the hat gets signed copies of both books.

If you’ve got a little to spare, please consider helping these folks out.  Whether or not you can donate, they’d probably appreciate a few more prayers and kind thoughts.

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