The fundraising campaign my daughter set up to help finance my bariatric surgery is well underway. She's so far started a facebook page, a page on a fundraising site, organized a Premier Jewelry party at her home run by GOLDENDOMER00 (Melissa) who donated all of her profits from that event to the campaign. Her generosity made us $500 closer to our goal! Carly has even garnered us a small spot in the audience with a shout out about our campaign on the local CBS morning show, Great Day SA for this Thursday morning. It's on at 9 a.m. for those of you who want to watch. Right now she has a booster page selling tshirts to both raise awareness of the campaign and bring in a little more money. Right now we are at almost $1600, just over 10% of the $15,000 we need. Slowly but steadily, it is going to happen! Here's a picture of the tshirts that are being sold, and some pics from our Jewelry Party Night:
Melissa and Me:
Some of the gorgeous jewelry:
My youngest daughter, Carly, relaxing as the jewelry party winds down:
My granddaughter, Robyn, who thinks the promo materials are mighty tasty!
Carly, my daughter, also has a rummage sale being planned and is getting all the information together about having a 5K. She's getting a lot of good experience for her future in Public Administration and working for Nonprofits, which is her major in college. I've been overwhelmed at all she has accomplished, and at the generosity of people, some who don't even know me!
My big announcement this week is this:
I've journaled for most of my life and had a few short stories and articles published over the years. I have decided the notes and scribblings of these last few months, as well as the journey I am currently on in which so many have played a big part, will serve as the foundation for a book. It will document my struggles to become healthy, the fundraisers, the family of support that has developed and, ultimately, the surgery itself and the progress afterwards.
Every single person I can verify as having helped will be thanked and addressed in the book. Those who remain anonymous will know they have my gratitude. If the book gets published and makes any money I will use it to fund someone else who needs the surgery desperately but has hit the same insurance road blocks. I'll be reaching out for some critiques along the way from my writer friends, so thanks in advance for any help! Those writers on and off of sparkpeople.com, some of whom I've written with and been associated with for over ten years now, know I am idea rich, word wealthy, but grammar poor. I rely on the kindness of grammar nazis.
This campaign has been mostly a very positive experience. I was mortified at first, I have to admit. I've never asked for anything from anyone in this manner before. My daughter said she was going to do this with or without my participation, because she wants me to live and because I shouldn't be held back from this simply because the insurance company doesn't cover weight loss surgery. The only negative has been the fellow sparkpeople member who turned me in to the powers that be for posting links to the fundraisers instead of coming to me and telling me it was against the rules. I didn't know it was, and would have liked to have had the opportunity to rectify this without a formal reprimand. Other than that, this whole thing has made me feel VERY loved and supported. I hope to pay back all the trust put in me by getting as healthy as possible, living as well as possible, and helping others all I can to get the surgery when they are refused by insurance. I want to pay this forward, for sure!
As they say, that's all the news that's fit to print. Never give up. Never give in. As always, I love you all.