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This fundraiser ended on 09/07/12

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The family and friends of Dennis and Jeni Gladieux are uniting to raise money for the ongoing medical care of Dennis.

For Dennis and Jeni, it was a fairy tale beginning. In 1999, Dennis came to Illinois from California to visit some friends. Sharing mutual friends, Dennis and Jeni met during his Illinois visit. For them it was love at first sight. They began to date during his short stay here. He returned to California and they realized they were meant to be. Engaged 10 days after meeting, he left the state of California to move to Illinois to be with the love his life. They settled into married life enjoying the blessings they were given. In 2008, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their lives. Sharing a love for children and teaching, they both worked as teachers. Dennis was a teacher at Oakview Junior High School until August 2011 when he was laid off. Since then, Jeni, a much loved 2nd grade teacher at Tyler Elementary, has been financially supporting the family. On February 15, 2012 their lives took a devastating turn. Dennis suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke. He suffers from global aphasia and is severely limited in his mobility. Global aphasia is an acquired language disorder involving severe impairments in both comprehension and production. He cannot do normal day to day activities we often take for granted. Jeni, his loving wife, has been tirelessly caring for him and their 3 1/2 year old son. However, in order to survive financially, she must return to her teaching job in August. Dennis is unable to obtain any disability benefits because he had been laid off during the time of his medical crisis. In addition, as a teacher, he is unable to obtain SSI benefits because teachers contribute to pension funds rather than SSI. Dennis requires a caregiver so that Jeni can return to work and support the family. Needless to say, without disability benefits and with only one income, a caregiver is impossible without the help and support of family and friends. Jeni is selflessly and tirelessly taking care of her family's physical, medical, emotional, and financial needs without a word of complaint. Her husband and son are her number one priorities! Removing the financial burden of hiring a caregiver from Jeni, would give her an incredible peace of mind so that she can focus on what she does best…. taking care of her family while continuing to educate the young children she loves as her own in her classroom. Dennis, Jeni, and their son, Caius, desperately need all of your loving support during this very difficult trial they are facing. Any contributions, thoughts, and prayers are deeply appreciated! May God bless you! If you prefer to mail a check please send to: Attn: Jenifer Gladieux c/o Rachel Hansen 106 North St. Louis Street Elwood, IL 60421

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