Sometimes life has a way of bringing us to our knees

Organized by: Brotherly Love

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November 18, 2014

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THE STORY:

Our community is privileged to have Brenda. She's the pillar of support relied on by countless people. She gives continuously, with energy and vigor. She's always on call and will do anything she can to support each and every member in any way she can. Brenda cares- she cares a lot.

But, sometimes life has a way of bringing us to our knees. It's in these times of challenge that our character is tested and our faith tried. Sometimes the most basic needs become a matter of life and death, literally. There are times when the burden, pain and challenge being faced are more than we can individually bear. It's in these times that, if one is fortunate, there's the love and support of a caring family to lean on. Sometimes that's not enough. It's in these times that if one is fortunate enough to be a part of a caring community, one that cares for its members, then the power of the community is felt.

Ironically, Brenda is the the epitome of care and support. Not just as a person, but as a professional. Anyone who has had the benefit of working with her knows how much she cares. Now it's time to give some support back to her, at a time of extraordinary need.

Brenda didn't ask for us to chip in and support her through this difficult time. She gives unconditionally every day, without expecting anything other than a modest salary in return. We all know how much she goes above and beyond the call of duty every day of the week.

Now it's time for us, as a community, to rally around her and support her—not only has she earned it, she deserves it. We all know this in our hearts.

Living a digital life, a life of freedom and choice–having the ability to work from anywhere you choose, is a incredible blessing. It is something Brenda supports our community in achieving daily. As lead support for the SFM community, Brenda also gets to enjoy a digital lifestyle as well. But, she is dealing with one severe limitation that most of us couldn't possibly imagine.

Brenda has a rare and debilitating form of lupus that has slowly robbed her of the ability to be outdoors, in public or to be around other people. With virtually no immune system, she has to wear a mask just to go from her house to the car for her weekly treatments at the University of Michigan hospital, which is a four-hour round trip.

100% of Brenda's salary goes towards paying for medical bills not covered by her health insurance. Over the years, the burden of her illness has taken a huge toll on her family’s finances. It is to the point, where, she's now faced with a serious dilemma.

Michigan winters are cold and long. The snow is deep and the wind is biting. Last week the transmission in Brenda and Mark's old car finally failed. No, this is not the big black Cadillac Escalade they once proudly owned. That was sold long ago to help cover doctor bills.

Since their car broke down they've been borrowing one from a friend...

Brenda didn't ask for help.

Brenda doesn't expect help.

Brenda doesn't even talk about her situation.

She’s too busy supporting and caring for the people around her–the people of our community. This is what makes OUR community, HER community. We know a member in need, when we see it. It goes without saying that Brenda deserves for us to rally together and help her in this time of pain, suffering and need.

Brenda deserves a decent vehicle to get to the hospital for her weekly treatments—without worrying about her car breaking down, leaving her stranded on the side of the road… in one of the guaranteed blizzard snowstorms… that will undoubtedly sweep through central Michigan this winter.

Brenda deserves a safe, reliable car that has proper seats that are comfortable for her body, which is racked in pain by this debilitating disease. Again, Brenda isn't asking for anything. She's a proud, strong woman and there's no doubt she'd survive one way or another–regardless of how much we care about her.

This is what makes us different. We're going to take care care of her. We've already found the perfect vehicle. It's a 2010 GMC Sport Utility with 35k miles. It's a safe, reliable, comfortable vehicle that sits up high—making getting in and out of it easier for her. Also allowing her 2-hour one-way trek to the clinic to be as bearable as possible.

Please give what you can.

No amount is too small.

Every dollar is appreciated. Let's take this opportunity to show Brenda how much we care about her—the single most caring person in our community. Let's bless her with this gift. 

Sincerely,

Jay Kubassek

$13,675

 

68% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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  • Helen Hedlund

    $10

  • Martyn Hickey, Dan Stewart & Ash Burley

    $750

  • Violet

    $20

  • Emily Thompson

    $40

  • Pierce White

    $75

  • Nik Nekeare

     

  • Sakthi P

    $100

  • Amy Taylor

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Helen Gibson - Sydney

    $30

  • Miranda

    $40

  • Dave Ellis

    $50

  • Alister Brutnell

    $15

  • Sally C

    $20

  • Emily Richardson

    $30

  • Maleine Waldt, Sweden

    $50

  • Johan Kagstrom

    $25

  • Dean Ashley

    $100

  • Marie Santos

    $150

  • Aaron Shepherd

    $100

  • Martin Cannon

    $100

  • Lisa N

    $10

  • Carina Asp

    $20

  • Dean Bruyns

    $150

  • Sophie Wanberg

    $30

  • Chris McLean

    $200

  • Krys VanSlyke

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • David Henshall

    $30

  • Karen Frost

    $40

  • Greg & Fiona

    $200

  • Kim Hardin

    $20

  • Dotti Templeton

    $100

  • Leanna Romanosky

    $25

  • Deanna Gush

    $20

  • Kirsten

    $25

  • Paul Haynes

    $100

  • Fordy

    $150

  • Patricia Goodman

    $100

  • Irving OL

    $20

  • Craig Adam

    $50

  • Gil Balfas

    $50

  • Michelle Shawver

    $100

  • Karen Smallcalder

    $30

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brad Tomkins

    $50

  • Dorne McLoughlin

    $150

  • Jonas Ringblom

    $20

  • Yasmeen Hydari

    $800

  • Oana Stupu

    $50

  • Anna Davidson Thawe

    $100

  • MI Team

    $150

  • Iwona Wood

    $100

  • Justin Thomson

    $300

  • Cecilia Vilkas

    $30

  • Scott Dwyer

    $25

  • Shawn & Kelly

    $300

  • AM

    $50

  • Debbie O'Neal

    $25

  • Rachel Wilson

    $25

  • Angela Milligan

    $25

  • Dani & Randy

    $200

  • Jimmy Bangun

    $50

  • Linda Nicholas

    $25

  • Jon Hunter

     

  • Paul Haynes

    $100

  • Dani & Randy

    $100

  • marc mueller

    $50

  • Wesley & Tresha Wallace

    $30

  • Chris Hall

    $25

  • Merry Christmas

    $100

  • Paul Deehan

    $100

  • Meaghan Quinn

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jen Best

    $150

  • Gail Rhodes

    $20

  • Alicia Key

    $40

  • Sophie and Phil Chamberlain

    $200

  • Jamie Beaumont

    $200

  • Liz McAvoy

     

  • Reginald

    $15

  • Alex Fetcu

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Leanne Veasey

    $10

  • Kamal Rassool

    $50

  • Lauren Evans

    $100

  • Jana Stenius

    $20

  • Sietske Cuhfus

    $25

  • Satya Gillen

     

  • Ben & Blanche

    $50

  • Christine Martin

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Johan Kagstrom

    $12

  • Anthony Mkandawire

    $100

  • Star Harden

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Robbie Wolff

    $100

  • MARCIAL & mARSHA

    $20

  • Hasd

    $100

  • Hasd

    $93

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Donor Comments

Hasd

Hasd

DONATION: $93

4 years ago

Hasd

Hasd

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

MARCIAL & mARSHA

MARCIAL & mARSHA

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Robbie Wolff

Robbie Wolff

DONATION: $100

I hope that these little things that are given can help you on this most difficult journey. 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Star Harden

Star Harden

In memory of all who have battled any such type of illness. Also, to a cure that will end all such suffering. 5 years ago

Anthony Mkandawire

Anthony Mkandawire

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Johan Kagstrom

Johan Kagstrom

DONATION: $12

Thanks Brenda for your lovely support through. I am deeply greatful, and I wish to make your year a little bit easier with this donation. Sending love, healing and light! 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

May the New Year bring us more of you Brenda....Thankyou for all you do for us 5 years ago

Christine Martin

Christine Martin

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

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