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This fundraiser ended on 11/01/12

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The friends and family of Tara Quinones are uniting to raise money to help her with expenses through this tough time.

Tara’s Angels

Everyone knows that life will offer each of us a fair share of challenges to overcome but no one ever thinks that the worse case scenarios will come knocking on their door, until it is standing on the doorstep. We can become immune to the tragedy of others simply from watching the news, reading the paper, and every other form of media that uses pain and devastation as a source of entertainment to get ratings.

I never thought too much about these things until my life turned upside down, and I found myself in need of help from a compassionate heart. I am writing this letter because I know there are plenty of Angels that can still feel the afflictions of others, and care enough to lend a hand and make a difference in someone’s life. I need an Angel today, and I pray that after hearing my story, you will be inspired to pay kindness forward by helping me and my family in our time of need.

Here is my Long Story Made Short:

I am 38 years old and I have two amazing daughters, 14 and 9. They have always been the center of my joy and just recently they became my hero’s as well. On August 26, 2012, my daughters found me asleep in my bed having a seizure. They immediately called 911 and I was rushed to the hospital. To our shock, the doctors found that I had Grade II Astrocytoma Brain Tumor and on September 18, 2012, they performed brain surgery to remove it. Now I have to undergo radiation and work very hard toward a full recovery. This devastating experience could not have come at a worse time in my life because I had just recently lost my job. Like many of us today, I have had a difficult time finding a new one. To survive the loss of income, my daughter’s and I were forced to relocate and temporarily move in with my mother, who has been gracious enough to support us on her fixed income until I can get back on my feet. I was already stressed but optimistic about finding a new job, with plans to get a new apartment for me and my daughters as soon as possible. Having to lean on my mom for help was humbling but sometimes we have to take two steps back, in order to make a giant leap forward. That was my attitude and I re-enrolled in college with plans to complete my BS degree in Green and Sustainable Management and maximize this time to reposition myself for success.

I had a clear action plan with goals and a tentative timeline. A brain tumor, radiation, recovery and now a ton of medical bills my insurance does not cover, were never accounted for in my plans. Be that as it may, I am grateful just to be alive and I know that there is a purpose for everything. I could not imagine the devastation my family would have experienced if I did not make it through, and it breaks my heart to imagine my mother having to raise my children with broken hearts.

This is all so new that I still can’t believe this is happening to me. All I do know is that my family and I need financial help immediately. I can’t do this on my own. With the winter weather approaching soon here in Upstate NY, my growing girls need coats, boots, winter clothes and our list goes on and on. I try not to consume myself with worry because I know I need to relax and focus on recovery. I am doing the very best I can and from where my life stands today, all I can do is ask for your help. If you feel led to assist please know that any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Whether it is clothes, food, money or even your prayers, I am open to receive the blessings God knows that I need. I pray that someone will in turn be an Angel for you and pay it forward in your life when you need it most.

Thank you and may God Bless you for your kindness.            

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