Sometimes life has a way of bringing us to our knees
Organized by: Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love via Crowdrise
November 18, 2014
Event Name: Thanksgiving Challenge
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.