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Raising money for my mom to go with her church on a Pilgrimage to Poland and Italy in October

I was home last Sunday and went to church with my mom. The priest told us about a pilgrimage to Poland and Italy in October this year. As I listened to him talk about the trip I looked at my mom, who has always wanted to travel but as life has had it hasn't been delt that hand. As a single mom with 4 children, of which her eldest is special needs and now, my sister and her daughter live with her and my sister who is special needs lives next door with her 2 children. She wouldn't have it any other way though. She loves us all so much. In 2006 she was hit from behind while waiting at a stop light by a driver who did not even brake at 35+ miles an hour. Ironically, she was leaving physical therapy for a previous car accident she was in the year before. As a result of this accident she broke her neck in 2 places, many other bones in her body, as well as brain injuries. She was a school bus driver at the time of the accident and has since made a full recovery, including being able to not only walk, which is a miracle, but also returned to driving bus again not even a year later.
Today my Mom is a taking care of her children and grandchildren, working fulltime, working out at the YMCA everyday (that was how she was able to recover and she is has since lost over 50 pounds from working out), going to bible study every Monday, another church group activity on Thursday nights, and church every Sunday. I am so proud of this woman for all she has done for me and our entire family. We are so lucky to have her. Although, none of us are in a financial position to support this trip, I still want to try to make it happen. It would be the most amazing dream come true for her. I, although not in a position to afford $5000, am fortunate that I had some savings for the deposit. The
Pilgrimage to Poland and Italy is October 1-15th, 2012 but the last date to pay is August 15th.

Thank you for your consideration.
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