I am writing this as a plea for financial help. Back in 2007, we had a lawn mower accident with our middle son and he sustained severe injuries to his left leg and lost his first two toes on his left foot. He was 3 ½ years old. The day of the accident he was flown to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis and was in surgery for over 5 hours. To date, he has had 37 surgeries on his leg, mostly for leg lengthening due to having to stop the growth plate. He will have to continue having surgeries to lengthen his leg or until he decides to amputate. During that time, our credit card debt soared, and we are struggling. We are still paying on these astronomical medical bills as well as the large credit card debt ($50,000+).
I lost my job in November 2019 and was fortunate to obtain a freelance position at the end of January 2020 and luckily was moved into a full-time role with the company. However, I am making a lot less money now which is not helping our situation; but with COVID, I’m just happy to be employed. My husband and I both work full time. To try and make additional income, my husband took up refereeing basketball games and umping baseball games for local grade school, high school, and colleges.
In addition to our son who is now 17, we also have two other children. Our oldest is 20 and is preparing to graduate from junior college and our youngest is 14 and will graduate from 8th grade this year. The expense of college and private high school for our two sons is overwhelming. We applied for FAFSA and aid and were denied for both. We have large balances at the college and high school for our sons and they will not be able to graduate until the balances are paid in full by May 1st. It has been extremely stressful for my husband and I to try and figure out how we are going to pay the tuition bills for our sons.
Our house is 21 years old and needs a complete overhaul. We still have the same carpet in our great room from when the house was built. Our son’s friends’ call our carpet, “M’s cheetah carpet”. Beyond embarrassing! The boys also have bedrooms in the basement; however, our basement is not finished and there is no bathroom in our basement. We need to get one down there as soon as possible; however, once again, because of our financial situation, it is not in the cards right now.
Lastly, I have a degree in Business Marketing and have worked in advertising and marketing for the past 26 years. I have always dreamed of being a nurse; however, going back to school for my nursing degree is currently out of the question due to financials. Perhaps one day, but I’m not getting any younger.
We have so many overdue bills and still live paycheck to paycheck and our paychecks do not cover our monthly bills. We just simply cannot seem to get ahead, and I cry myself to sleep at night with worry daily. If someone out there would be willing to help us get back on our feet and donate $100,000, we would be so grateful as a donation would help us tremendously! We are drowning in debt! ☹
My PayPal is: paypal.me/Mitch0928