Some members of our Blogorado "family", including yours truly, have come together to raise funds for our host's daughter-in-law, who recently suffered a stroke. We'll let Farmgirl tell the story.
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 ... 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.
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 ... 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.
There's more at the link, which is a GoFundMe project set up to raise funds for Andi's treatment. It includes a recent update, with good news about Andi's progress.
A group of us, including (but not limited to) Old NFO, Lawdog, Phlegmmy, aepilotjim, Alma Boykin, Miss D. and myself, have decided to add an incentive to the fund-raiser. Some of us have donated several of our guns, and pooled them as prizes. Others have donated a few non-gun prizes, for those who'd prefer them.
Old NFO tells the tale at his blog - please click over there to read all the details. In brief, we're going to allocate one "entry" to the prize drawing for every $10 you donate to help Andi, with a multiplier for larger donations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This will count as your entry into the raffle. If you have already donated, we will accept prior donations to the Go Fund Me.
The raffle will run from now through the end of November, with the drawing to be held 1 December via a random drawing program. First number gets their choice, second gets their choice, etc.
Again, more at the link. You'll find details of the prizes at the link, too. There are some sweet choices among them, enough to make my mouth water!
I'll be very grateful if you'll please support this fundraiser. Andi is a lovely person, and her kids are a delight. The family could really use our help, particularly in these hard times; and with the added incentive of a free gun or other prize (possibly more, if your donation 'earns' you more than one 'ticket' and your name is drawn more than once), you've got even more reason(s) to join in.
Thanks in advance, friends. Let's help give Andi and her family a much merrier Christmas than would otherwise be the case!