Sunday, March 02, 2008
Paying it forward.
In the interest of disclosure, I wanted to share a few things regarding the money raised on my behalf for the window film fund. As of Friday, I've only spent 10-20% of what Berlie sent me (the remainder after film costs). I have some orders in for UV blocking clothes and special sunblock lotion and a few wide brim hats. It has come to my attention that there's a local agnostic family whose son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Braden is two years old. Because of his recent diagnosis, it is going to be necessary for his mother to stay with him at a hospital in Southern California until he is stabilized and able to go home with the appropriate standard of care. I was informed, by a mutual acquaintance, that they are struggling to make ends meet while mom is taking off work. I've been where they are. P1 and P2 have health issues. P1 had severe hydronephrosis and grade V viseocouretal reflux. She had multiple surgeries between 1995 and 1999. Her last surgery was an emergency nephrectomy. P2 has WPW (Wolff Parkinson White). Essentially, he is prone to tachycardic episodes and was on beta blockers for most of his life. In 2005, he underwent a catheter, cardiac ablation. I've been where these parents are and it breaks my heart. There's nothing comforting about finding that your child has been diagnosed with a serious condition. And, it creates hardship for the family. In Braden's family's case... lacking mom's income is making it hard for them to make their mortgage payment this month. The mortgage is $832. They also are spending a bunch of money for dad to drive back and forth to Southern California to be with his son. I don't think any parent should be faced with the choice of being with their child or defaulting on a mortgage. So...I hope you'll understand when I tell you that I took $1000 and paid it forward to Braden's family. I sent along a note telling them how the money was raised and that it was the generosity of you guys that made it possible for me to help. I take no credit for it. I hope this doesn't offend anyone. I know you donated the money with the thought that you were helping me. But, I couldn't see this need and not help. Maybe I'm wrong to tell you about it after the fact? If you're upset with me for passing this along because it wasn't where you wanted your money to go, then I apologize.
Posted by Atheist in a mini van. at 10:51 PM