It’s been a few years since we have been able to participate ---DH’s plantar fasciitis and his back issues being one of the main reasons he can’t sit on a bike for 100 miles in one stretch anymore. Dang, we are getting older.
We also had a drive for pledges to help those in Japan after the earthquake, and so many were there to pledge funds to help those we don’t know far away. Every bit helps.
Yesterday I got an email from a Quilter named Graciela in Argentina, telling me the basics of a story that touched my heart.
Hi Bonnie!! I am one of your followers from Argentina.
I follow someone´s blog in the USA and this girl needs help for her mom. Her family is hosting an event to help fundraise. I thought that may be if you are having quilt cam today somehow you could mention it. Maybe people from Chicago can help, or maybe other people can help too.
http://lifeunderquilts.blogspot.com This is the link to the blog where she explains better than me.
If you can help that would be great, if not it is ok. NO need to explain anything.
Thanks so much.
Graciela www.chezgra.blogspot.comThe first thing I did was go to Jessica’s blog and read up on the story. What I found was a very humble young mom trying to do her best to help her mother while raising a young family, and being pregnant with her second child at the same time.
This is Jessica’s mom, Patti.
Jessica goes on to state:
Five years ago she was diagnosed with Alexander's Disease, which is a rare degenerative neurological disorder that has robbed her of ability to move. It is a terrible, slow moving disorder where the body slowly eats away at the lining of the spinal cord, stopping signals from the brain from being able to get to the rest of the body.
I don't understand much more about the details, but I do know that for the last 3 years my mom has been confined to her bed or her motorized wheel chair, and has been completely dependent on others to provide all of her basic needs. For the last 3 years, my dad, sister Lauren, and mom's sisters have taken turns spending the night with mom every night because the family can not afford an overnight caregiver. Someone gets her into bed and then sleeps on the couch in my grandmother's family room, waking every 2 or 3 hours to reposition mom so she doesn't get bedsores. In the morning (5 days a week), she has a caregiver come and assist her with bathing, dressing, and getting out of bed and back into the chair. The caregiver usually makes breakfast and leaves after 4 hours or so.
Mom can not be left alone, so the family takes shifts to spend part of the day with her, and at night, it's the same routine.
I won't try to describe the guilt I feel at not being closer, not being able to pitch in or offer any help myself. This post is about mom, not me. But now it is my turn to do something.. to get the word out.
The family has organized a fundraising benefit to be held in Chicago on October 28th.
There will be a raffle and a silent auction, where I am donating this quilt:By This time I am bawling – there has to be something I can do to help out. My mom had a cancer scare just over a week ago. It was skin cancer, found on her nose, and it was worse than they thought it was. She will be okay, but in the process it seems like they’ve removed half of her nose. I know the guilt and hurt of being across country from my family and not being there to be able to help.
Because of my work schedule this semester, I will not be able to go to the actual benefit, but if you are anywhere near the south side of Chicago and are interested in dropping by, I encourage you to go. There will be many nice raffle prizes and the silent auction will be full of valuable items to bid on. If you would still like to help but can not make it to Chicago that afternoon, I ask that you please visit the fundraiser's website where there is information on how to make direct donations, both electronically (Paypal or credit card) and by check.
My family and I thank you for any support you can give at this time. Sometimes life isn't easy, and nobody's perfect, but if we stay positive, work together, and do what we can, we can make it through.
What I’m thinking as to what WE as Quilters can do is this:
We can either make a monetary donation ---which I have already done, or perhaps we can ALSO donate a quilted item for the Silent Auction for this event.
Do you have anything you can donate? Please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you make a monetary donation? CLICK HERE
Can you donate $10.00? $20.00? ANYTHING can help Patti's family.
Those of you IN the Chicago area, could you please put this event on your calendars and show up and support this family in person? I so would if I could be there!
PLEASE share this post with everyone you can via facebook, email, message boards -- wherever quilters gather. We need as much help as we can get in a very short period of time because the event happens on the 28th of October.
I just know together we can do great things for a Quilter’s family who is struggling so hard to keep it all together.