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This fundraiser ended on 09/16/11

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My Grams is hands down, the most important woman in the world to me!

When I was a kid I would always chose to spend my weekends with her, learning how to knit & needlepoint, watching EVERY Shirley Temple movie ever, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, musicals, westerns, all of it - over hanging out with friends from school & the neighborhood. We spent so much time together, I loved every minute of it.

Grams recently had a couple back to back strokes. I flew back home as soon as I could to be with her. I was afraid she wasn't going to make it. Being the trooper she is, and living by the motto "the more you complain, the longer god lets you live", she's doing much better and smiling more. It was a real scary experience. I can't express how much I cherish the times I spent with her.

She had this little brass booty on her dresser. She told me it was hers from when she was a baby. Her mother had it dipped in brass to preserve it forever. I can't say why, but I always liked it. She recently gave it to me, her words, who else would want it? I DID! I was so happy.

That little brass booty and so many more keepsakes, like a childhood Christmas stocking Grams made for me when I was a tot, are all locked up in a storage unit, soon to be auctioned to the highest bidder.

After finding out just yesterday, my ex who had agreed to let me put some things in his storage unit, had let the rent lapse for more than 4 months, my precious memories are about to slip through my fingers. He never told me or gave me a change to retrieve these items. Some misplaced trust on my part may be at fault for potentially losing irreplaceable family treasures.

Not only are there family memories, but essentially my entire life is in that unit. My years of studying architecture, portfolio, journals, my life.

Currently the unit is locked up. I can't gain access until the past due balance is paid in full. A whopping $900. Asking for help is never easy, but I hope people can think of something passed down from a relative that they simply could not forgive themselves to letting go of. Thank you so much!
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