Name: Becky, aka "Becky"
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- Rugged custom built rigid frame built of 6061T6 Aluminum with a reinforced open frame design.
- Monster 25 inch x 2.75 inch rear wheels/tires for maximum traction.
- Huge 8″x 2″ front wheels/tires so that you can roll over anything and not get stuck.
- Adjustable center of gravity, seat and back upholstery, footrest height/angle. and back height.
I don’t know any living being upon the earth who can with any level of honesty on their tongue ever say that I was selfish or that I didn’t give literally the shoes off my feet or my last dollar, or share my home, car, food, even my electricity…which got me evicted…with someone who needed help.
Maryann is the founder of Buried With Dignity whose primary objective is to provide financial assistance toward the purchase of a memorial stone for parents or grandparents who have lost a child. Maryanne who is known as Spunky to her friends lost her precious daughter March 23rd.
Her daughters SSI check was stopped when she went into the hospital for a failing liver and need of a liver transplant. Spunky traveled daily to visit her daughter and used about $40 of gas a day, money was coming out of their bills while they tried to help their daughter fight for her life. Just days after the transplant Colleen lost her battle.
The family is very low income and cannot afford the cremation costs for Colleen let alone a memorial stone. There was no life insurance.
Friends of Maryann (Spunky) are trying to raise funds so that the woman who helped so many bury their child with dignity can bury her own child with dignity. We are asking you to give a gift of just $1…one single dollar and pass this link to 9 friends along with a request to give a single dollar and pass it along to 9 of their friends. Together we can help a loving mother lay her child to rest.
If you can help with just a dollar please visit: To Help MSpunky with Colleen’s Funeral Expenses
There is a separate fundraiser on Microgiving to help Maryann recover from the financial hardship placed upon the family by the illness. If you wish to help the family recover please visit: Help a mother with expenses after the loss of her child
These are a few photos of Maryann’s precious daughter Colleen. Colleen leaves behind four children. She was a single mother.
As Colleens liver failed her abdomen began filling with fluid. She is not pregnant in this photo. This was in June of 2011.
I kind of went into a self pity mode for a while and wasn’t writing. I’m back and with some good news. Amy has a new job and our lives are finally turning around!
Not long ago I was worried about having to find land so we could work on getting a place to live. As it turns out my mother who was going to move back into her home (where I am living now and have been living for the past 7 years) has decided that renting is actually easier for her. She doesn’t have to worry about any house repairs. No worries about yard or lawn maintenance. Her landlord is a decent older gentleman. The trailer park she’s in is a tiny one, it’s rural, and it’s quiet. We decided it best for Me, Amy and our sons to remain in this house.
I mentioned Amy has a new job, well she is working for a Domain Holding company and we are finally able to crawl out of the 10 year old hole we have been stuck in. Time to repair, renovate, renew and recover. We are starting with our home and yard. First, I needed a better wheelchair. Mine has some miles on it, good hard miles and it’s finally just worn out. It’s a really good chair though and over time I’ll get the repairs done on it so that I’ll have a good pavement chair. What I have needed all along was a rugged All Terrain Wheelchair. Chairs meant for smooth level surfaces just can’t hold up to rural living and outdoor events like camping, dirt trail walks, grassy parks etc.
We are finally able to get a solid All Terrain Wheelchair so I can get into that back yard. I have had dreams of an outdoor kitchen because we all love wood fire cooked food and I love to cook outside over the open fire. I also want to go back to Etowah mounds and maybe the Ocmulgee mounds and be able to go on the full hike. Sooo…I have this chair coming to me in a few days.
Here is the description:
Introducing the new Top End Crossfire All Terrain, the monster truck of wheelchairs that is designed to leave some serious tracks. Do you like to hike, fish, camp, hunt, kayak, garden or go to the beach? You can do it all with the Crossfire All Terrain. Built of 6061T6 Aluminum and equipped with enormous 25 inch by 2.75 inch knobby wheels and huge 8 inch x 2 inch front casters for extreme traction. Engineered with mega ground clearance, plus forward and side-to-side stability so that you can conquer the toughest terrain. The Crossfire All Terrain will liberate both body and soul.
The one I am getting is midnight blue and has a black Roho Jet stream back support system and a ROHO Hybrid Elite seat. My current chair has some good signs of hard use on it…I’m planning on putting some miles on this chair too. First though….it will come just in time to start installing some new floors throughout the house. I have learned how to use all the power tools from a seated position and I can do a good job using saw horses so with a good stable chair I’ll be ready to pitch in and get some renovations done.
Amy had joined Nerd Wars and is knitting and crocheting like crazy. She just made me some awesome slippers..they are not for Nerd Wars though..but I had to show them off
As you can see our grass is a little wild…Well we have also been able to finally get a ride on lawnmower!
Now as soon as we can get this thing off the back of the truck and my boy shows me how to run it I will be able to mow the lawn myself. Yep…things are certainly moving in a positive direction for us. For those of you who know us, you know we have come from a rough few years.
This was our truck after her last ride. We took the truck earlier in the day to go on a holiday Toy Run for the shelter for abused children. Our son and his friend borrowed the truck that evening. A someone who was DUI plowed into the truck as they were coming down the wrong side of the road. Thankfully the driver who was my sons friend and my son got away with bruises. The truck died.
From there we put the old Lumina on the road but she died soon after. The insurance payout was minimal. We got back what we paid for the truck and nothing more. My son got a little for his injuries and it covered the ambulance ride, ER bill and medications with a little for him to celebrate the fact that he and his buddy didn’t die in the wreck. With the insurance check we found a truck for exactly the same amount as the check. Lucky break! So this is our new truck.
As you can imagine she is a gas hog. We saved up some money and went to JD Byrider to get an economy car. My son expected us to some home with 1970′s station wagon with wood trimming…but we came home with something he admired and he offered to make all the car payments and part of the insurance on the new car if it could be his when it was paid off. So we have an economy car that we can use when need and one that is good enough for a young man with his first job to get back and forth to work and to cruise around in style. Here is the new car.
He has battled some flat tires…I swear we have the worst roads in the country! But he goes to work every day, pays the car payments and takes care of his own needs.
Our lives are finally turning around! I hope to be able to share some happier stories with everyone very soon
On Christmas day I got a text from a friend asking me to pray for her dogs, her house was on fire with the dogs inside. I called her to find that while they were at holiday dinner 40 miles away her house was engulfed in flames…
Lori and Family Must Start Over
For verification purposes you can check The Red Cross
Lori’s family is the Clinton LA entry for December 25 2010, she is also the family that was “out at Christmas dinner when their home caught on fire.” The address is posted as well if you wish to donate material goods.
Lori is the mother of 2 teens and has adopted a third teen who needed to be placed with a family member. They have spent the last few years renovating a modest home to handle repairs from various natural causes such as hurricane damage left over from Katrina (water and mold damage) and renovated for the addition of their adopted daughter Memoree and after her mother suffered a serious stroke the family was making arrangements for mom to come there. Just as the family is finally finishing up the repairs and renovations and adding furnishing…their home is totally destroyed by fire and 2 of her dogs died inside the home.
There is hope here…the land beneath the charred remains is Lori’s and she can rebuild.
Here is where you can help.
Click Here to Donate to the House fund –>http://www.microgiving.com/profile/folsefamilyfire
Funds will be needed to clear the debris and put a down payment on a house right next door to her burned out house. She will be renting it right now but will need to put a down payment on it and get financing settled.
Friends and family joined in..that barter and trade style works out well when you and your kids are willing to help someone else in need. Lori is known for helping others in need so when she needs a porch built, roof repaired or windows installed people come over for a little work and a fine dinner at the end of the day.
There are some people dedicating sales booths and auctions to help the Folse Family, please check out these great people
Run by: arcanesanctuary
I’m sure those whose lives have been touched by Lori will come forward and help her in her time of need but money…well nobody really has a spare $100 they don’t need. We need to raise the funds with MICROgiving…
yep, micro means small, lets start out with $5 and share this to 5 social circles.
Paypal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have material goods or services you can offer? Check out the wish page on Wish Upon a Hero
You can’t spare $5? That’s okay….some can’t, I understand, I have been there too don’t feel badly if you can’t spare $5, you can still help. It’s free…just a mouse click on one of those share buttons above…will you give up 2 seconds and click on a share button? It could make a HUGE difference.
This fundraiser through Microgiving is targeted for new housing only. Please read note below:
A few notes about the fundraiser on Microgiving. Microgiving funds will not be immediately available. This fund is designed to raise and save toward the goal. Because I have set this fundraiser up to save for the goal the funds will not be available for at least 90 days or unless the goal is reached early. This is a fundraiser with a goal of 10K. If we find a seller of a mobile home willing to accept the check for purchase of down payment the funds will be sent directly to the seller otherwise they will be sent directly to Lori when she provides evidence of where the funds will be used.
Click Here to Donate to the House fund –>http://www.microgiving.com/profile/folsefamilyfire
Thanks to Dixie Thunder of Aiken County ABATE Handipets will be the recipient of proceeds from the annual Crippled Critter Pawker Run. If you are the Aiken County Area and would like to participate please see the flier below for more information. If you are not in the are and would like to help Handipets do two things this year…
First: RELOCATE…Yes, we are actively seeking funds for a down payment on a piece of rural land in the Aiken County South Carolina area to relocate our crippled critter sanctuary and right now we could use all the help we can get. We plan to be relocated within 6 months. If you would like to see some of the properties we are interested in as well as the type of area we are hoping to find you can check out our Land Search on Google Map
Second: We need of course to stock up on food and supplies before the cold of winter sets in. We have a paypal link in the side bar and we also have an Amazon wish list that includes all the things we typically need every month for our special family members. If you are interested in helping us save up to relocate I am raising funds through Microgiving.com for that so that those funds will be in a secure account until we are ready to make a deal and that point Microgiving will send a check to the right person. Look for Land To Grow On if you wish to help Handipets secure a few acres.
This is a VERIFIED cause! Please don’t look away…a single $5 donation from you and a share of this page could make a world of difference. Imagine if you share this page and 100 people give just $5 each. Are you sure you can’t give just $5…would you hope for a $5 random act of kindness if this was you or someone you knew?
Here is the rest of the story…
About this Project
Can you imagine – one day you’re fine, 24 hours later everything you own is gone. That is what happened to our good friend last week and we need everyone’s support as soon as possible.
The bad news: The house was completely wiped out. All of their belongs were destroyed. The oil from the furnace leaked into the flood water and has made clean-up near impossible. We don’t know if FEMA will help find them a new home but we know it will be a long haul.
More bad news: The place Julia works is damaged beyond repair and will be torn down. This will make life even more difficult.
The GOOD news: The outpouring of love and concern has been amazing but there is still a long struggle ahead.
Please give what you can afford. Any amount is appreciated and will be rewarded by good karma 10 times over.
Thanks – we are in this together.
Let me be clear: this isn’t about the yard sale. Well, in a sense, it is about the yard sale. How dare any country force a person with terminal bone cancer to hold an effing yard sale in order to stay alive? This is savage, cruel, and anti-life. ~dailykos.com
A woman fighting a terminal form of bone cancer is trying to raise money to help pay bills with a few weekend garage sales, but the city of Salem says she’s breaking the law and is shutting her down.
Jan Cline had no idea, but the city of Salem has a clear law that states a person can only have three yard sales a year.
Cline has been selling her stuff in the backyard for a few weekends and said she thought she’d be fine by keeping the sale out of everyone’s way.
“It’s a struggle,” Cline says. “It’s a struggle for me because I’m very independent, used to taking care of myself.”
She’s run businesses and supported herself for years but this summer she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
“It’s a bone marrow cancer that eats through the bones and causes holes in the bones so that just by walking I can break a bone,” she says.
In one day she lost her independence, her ability to work and earn an income that could pay for all those medical bills.
So she decided to sell what she owned. The sale was bringing in several hundred dollars each weekend until one neighbor complained and she got a visit from the city.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. Rules are rules.’”
Cline says she understands the city is trying to prevent nuisances in neighborhoods but she doesn’t think she’s causing any trouble.
“We make such an effort of making it back here (backyard) so that it’s not goobering up the neighborhood, so it’s not like a garage sale all laid out day after day after day,” she says.
Cline says she’s not looking for special treatment but maybe some understanding.
“I just hope that nobody else has to go through this kind of thing. I hope no one else has to give their lives away for nickels and dimes and then be told they can’t even do that. I hope nobody else has to do this ever.”
According to the Community Development Department, there is a reason for the law. In the past some people had set up what ended up being permanent flea-market-type sales on their property.
After hearing more about Cline’s situation, a supervisor said he is going to take another look to see if there’s anything she can do to operate within the law. But if she reopens now, it is a misdemeanor and about a $300 fine.
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And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation. ~Warren Buffet
One of the most talked about, linked to and Twittered news articles today is one written by one of the wealthiest men in the world. He’s renowned investor, phenonimally rich, personally frugal and the creator of The Giving Pledge, which urges billionaires to give away huge swaths of their fortune to the less fortunate.
You’d be hard pressed to find many people who want their taxes raised, but Warren Buffet thinks the super-rich in America have been “coddled” for far too long:
While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.
I encourage you to read this article in full. It’s not very long, and it’s a really powerful piece of writing that simply spells out exactly how unfair the current system is.
What do you think about Buffet’s piece? Do you agree that the uber-wealthy should pay more into the American tax system? Let us know your thoughts on this “hot topic” in the comments.