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This fundraiser ended on 12/10/12

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The family and friends of Linda Gaines are coming together to raise money for surgical expenses.

I want to tell you about my friend, my inspiration, my mom.

All my life my mom, Linda, has been the strong on, the rock of the family. When my dad had a stroke at the young age of 47 she was forced to choose between her job or helping care for my dad; she chose my dad. She left her job and insurance behind to make sure my dad was taken care of, during this time they lost their house and endured many set backs with my dad; but my mom never gave up hope. To help make ends meet in between caring for my dad; my mom would sell crafts that she made. My mom is an amazing artist and her painting helped keep the family afloat. ( Check the link on the left of this page titled Linda's Craft page to see her work)

Over the last 10 years my mom has supplemented my dad's disability income with her craft money. However, during the last years she began to drop her paint brush and complain of pain in her hands. At first we thought she pinched a nerve in her hands but the pain got worse over time, the more she used her hands the more it hurt. She is unable to make anything for her crafts and the lack of money from these shows has impacted my parents. A few months ago we convinced her to see the doctor because she was having trouble holding a cup or even using her hands to eat. The doctor told her she has severe nerve damage in both her hands and wrists. The doctor told her that shw could have a surgery to help repair the damage and in time she could regain the use of her hands again, but since my mom let her insurance go she has to pay for half of the surgery up front.

My mom used her hands to help make a living and supplement my dad's disability. My parents don't have the money needed to pay for the surgery. If my mom doesn't have the surgeries her hands and wrists will get worse and eventually she will loose the use of them.

Every aspect of her pain is debilitating and costly. Not only financially; but mentally and emotionally. Well all do our best daily to help my mom and do what we can to try and ease her pain. I want to help my mom because she is always putting other's needs before her own. We need help to afford the much needed surgeries estimated at 8,000 USD. Any additional funds will be applied to travel expenses and follow up appointments.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you,

Linda & Bob
Kristin (daughter) and Jason
Brandon (son) and Cara
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