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This fundraiser ended on 07/31/12

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Please unite in raising money for our beloved matriarch's, Josephine Shirley Diamond, funeral and travel expenses for her next of kin.

My mother, Josephine Shirley Diamond, was at Tenaya Complex Care Center with End Stage Cardiac Disease. She hid the fact she was dying to us and since I am a single parent and live in Seattle, Washington, it's financially impossible to get to Las Vegas with my two sons (one of which is an autistic adult). After a very long period of unemployment and substitute teaching, finally have a permanent job again but only after depleting all of my savings to survive and slowly starting to rebuild but every penny now was already going to pay rent, utilities, and debt. I have no extra money right now and the only option would be not paying my rent and being evicted to see her. Being so far away is killing us. My car is also in need of repair and in no shape to drive down to Las Vegas and the bus alone is expensive as well. Her boyfriend was withholding food and medication from her and not allowing anyone access to her in her final days before she went into hospital (based on my calling the police for a well-care check and they were shocked by the condition she was in and he is now being investigated by Adult Protective Services). Normally, when we went to Las Vegas we would stay with my mother and her boyfriend but that isn't a possibility.  For the three of us to get to Las Vegas as soon as possible would cost $1800.  I can take $300 from what I was trying to save every month but that still leaves $1500.

My sister has not seen my mother in over 20 years and is estranged from the family (she even buried our father and didn't invite us or inform us because we couldn't afford to go to New Orleans or Los Angeles for our father's "dream" funeral that neither me or my children were even invited to).  I have called and left messages to her to no avail, which is sad but given the finality of the fact she decided not to invite her own nephews or sister to our father's funeral, unfortunately she has to deal with whatever demons are in her heart due to the finality of this all but my mother does not deserve this, nor do her grandchildren. To deny my children the final opportunity to see or even attend the funeral of their last grandparent is gutwrenching, especially since we were not able to attend our father/grandfather's funeral, and I don't know what else to do. Please any help you can provide would be appreciated.

If you know of any travel agencies or groups that could donate or advance travel (flight from Seattle to Las Vegas, a cheap place to stay and transportation back and forth to the hospital while we are there), please contact me as soon as possible too. Time is ticking away and every day that passes hurts more.  

Tricia, Jameson-Pierce and Steven would like to thank you all for the prayers, hospital visits, mylar balloons in ICU and well wishes sent our beloved matriarch's way. We could not be more grateful for your support. In advance we thank you for even the smallest donation. If you would prefer to send a check you may do so. Please mail checks to: 6619 132nd Avenue NE #107, Kirkland, WA  98033 and make payable to T Diamond. Please keep the Diamond family; Josephine Shirley, Tricia, Jameson-Pierce and Steven in your prayers. Thank you so much and may God Bless you all!

I want to thank the people that have given so far because no matter how small the donation, the fact that you took time out of your day to read this and cared means everything. 

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