What a crazy weekend. Deejay Audio-One and I pulled an all-nighter Friday night and took a quick trip to Anaheim. Left at 2am and got back 7pm on the same day. A gentleman named Richard blessed us with a donation of a High-End Adjustable Bed!!! Only catch was that I had to go and pick it up. Thanks to Michael Doss and Leslie Doss for helping us get the 15' Box-Truck to pick this bed up in.
I haven't posted this up in a bit as I'm trying to give everyone's news feed a break. The fundraiser is still on and I am still working on ways to help my Paloma get everything she needs. I'd like to thank everyone again for all your support over these past 5 months. We couldn't have ever got this far without all of you. Bless you all!!!
Got some news for you guys! I got the tally from yesterday's fundraiser. With your help, we raised $706.01 towards the the goal!!! Thank you to Lu and the whole staff at Taqueria Azteca for lending their support to our cause. Thanks again to all our friends and family who came through and help Paloma have an awesome day! We love you all and thank you again for helping me help my wife live a better life.
I'd like to thank the Barnwell family for donating a brand new Invacare Wheelchair to Paloma!!! We appreciate you! We were caught totally off guard with this and both Paloma and I can't thank you enough. It gives me great piece of mind knowing she'll be rolling in a high-quality chair.
We are 22 days away from the Big Fundraiser in Pleasanton on July 20th. Mark your calenders and come out and join us for some good food with some good people.
I finally was able to get Paloma out of the house for a non-medical related trip on my own. Took her shopping for the 1st time since January. Might not seem like such a big deal to most people but it means the world to her. We are both extremely thankful to everyone for helping us get as far as we have. We now only have 2 more things on the list and we're done!!! Thanks again!!! We love you all!!!
We have reached a major milestone in our efforts. We were lucky enough to find a Wheelchair van within our budget!!! It's not perfect and it still needs the wheelchair restraint system but that is all. Once we build up the funds for it, we'll be able to give Paloma some of her freedom back. The things we all take for granted like visiting friends and family, shopping, weekend getaways.....you know, the fun things in life. I know we can do this. I've reduced the total goal amount to give us a more attainable goal. Thank you all for helping us get one step closer.
I will be walking on Sunday, June 2nd in support of the NKF San Francisco Kidney Walk. It's to help raise awareness about this terrible disease. The walk is also a fundraiser so my goal is $200. The money goes directly to help those suffering from CKD and ESRD. I should be able to reach that. =D
Thank you all for your continued support. Please keep sharing and spreading our story. Everything helps no matter how small.
When: Saturday July 20, 2013 10am-9pm
Where: Taqueria Azteca
7155 Amador Plaza Rd
(between Amador Valley Blvd & Dublin Blvd)
Dublin, CA 94568
Come out, eat some great Mexican food, and 75% of the proceeds will be donated to the Help Paloma Live Fundraiser.
I can't express how grateful we are for the opportunity we have been given here. Let's make the most of it!!!
Although monetary donations have all but stopped, I still have faith that we can make this happen for Paloma. No matter what, this fundraiser won't stop until she's living as normal of a life as possible for a person in her condition. I want to thank all of you who have donated, shared, liked, passed out flyers and contributed in any way. I am forever in your debt.
Take a few minutes to check out our story. Click SHARE & LIKE to help spread our message and donate if you feel you can help. No matter if it's $0.01 or $100, everything counts. I'm also receiving donations in person for those who'd rather avoid using the website. I'll drive to you as well. Thank you for all the support. We can't do it without you.
We have made a lot of progress over the past 7 weeks but we still have a ways to go. The primary goal right now is to get our own wheelchair accessible minivan. Hopefully, with everyone's help we will reach our goal soon!
Paloma had her interview yesterday with Paratransit and I'm glad to report that they will begin providing service for her starting this Monday. This change will get us away from having to use Yellow Cab 3 days a week. Dialysis Transportation costs should now drop from an unsustainable $75 per week to a more reasonable $24 per week. This will make it much easier to keep saving the donation/fundraiser money for our very own Ramp Van!
Also, I'm working on our 1st fundraiser event. I'll be working out the details over the next few days and as soon as I get some solid info I'll post it up here and create an event on my Facebook Page.
Thank you all for you ongoing support. We can't do it without you.
Good morning friends. Paloma has her interview with East Bay ParaTransit today. Hopefully all goes well and in a few weeks they begin helping with her transportation. It's still no guarantee of service but maybe it will help us reduce the unsustainable amount we're currently spending on transportation each week. Fingers crossed.
For those who haven't: Please do me a personal favor and share this with your friends. It could be you or one of your friends that can help make a huge difference in Paloma's life. Thank you all and have a wonderful Thursday.
With your help and generosity, we managed to reach 25% of our goal!!! We still have a ways to go to get a wheelchair access van that will give Paloma a bit more independence. Thank you for all the support.
Thank you for all your support. We still have a long way to go but I have faith we will make it.
Hey friends!!! 2 more items have arrived this week. One was this Massaging Backrest donated to us by the lovely Susanne Robb. The 2nd was a case of "personal" wipes via WinnRe, a fellow member of the Calguns.Net forum. Thank you both for your love and support.
Paloma did very well on her first Hemo-Dialysis treatment. This type of dialysis should help stabilize her condition and hopefully reverse some of the ill effects she's been suffering from as of lately. On another good not, Paloma is 30lbs closer to reaching her Transplant Weight!!! We can almost see the light at the end of this dark tunnel!!! Thank you all for your donations and prayers. It lifts her spirit every time I pass them on to her. Have an awesome weekend!!!
Look what showed up today!!! Thanks to everyones donations the Patient Lift has arrived. This will allow us to move Paloma safely to and from the bed, the toilet, and her wheelchair. Paloma and I want to thank you all for the support and for helping us have one less thing to worry about.
We have some very big changes coming this week. My poor Paloma's life is only going to get harder. Her kidney function has worsened over the past few months. Wednesday she is going to have a Vascular Access inserted in to her heart. That way, she can start getting the hemo-dialysis she needs. Then on Friday she will begin In-Center Hemo-Dialysis 3 days per week. Needless to say, the logistics behind transporting her to and from these appointments will be difficult until we can afford our own van. We need everyone's help more than ever. Thanks for taking the time to read this. We appreciate you all. ♥
I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their generosity. After the incredible generosity we got yesterday, we've raised nearly $6,000 so far (after the site gets their cut)!!! We appreciate all your generosity. Let's keep this going. Paloma is counting on us.
After nearly 5 weeks inside and a lot of difficulty, I finally got Paloma out of the house yesterday to go to Kaiser for some Labs and X-Rays. Thankfully it was beautiful, sunny day. It was a learning experience for the both of us. The simple task of getting into the car proved impossible to do. We had to call an accessible Taxi Van to pick us up. The city only gives us a limited number of vouchers and I fear that with the 6 trips she will need per week to dialysis, we'll end up having to pay the transit costs out of pocket. This brought the realization that we need our own van A.S.A.P. for getting her to and from all of her appointments. Please, continue to share this and donate if you can. We need your help more than ever. Thank you.
Good morning! Paloma is in better spirits so far this week with our goddaughter visiting for spring break. Having her around always puts Paloma in a better mood. She also wanted to send her love and gratitude for all your continued support the past 3 weeks. Thank you all.
Happy Easter from Paloma and I to all our friends and family!!!
Please give me 5 minutes to tell you Paloma's story. Please share and help me spread the word. Thank you all.
Good morning friends. We finally reached $5k thanks to all of your support!!! Let's keep this going. Little by little we're getting closer to the goal.
Please share and retweet.
I'd like to give thanks to Joe and the whole crew of LakofSpeed for their kind words and support last night. They are trying to organize a charity event to benefit our cause and I can't thank them enough for their efforts. As soon as we have more details, I'll post them up here. Have an awesome Wednesday!!!
I couldn't do this without all of your support. Let's keep spreading the message. Thank you.
Happy Monday!!! Back to grind this morning on day 5 of my 6 day work week. I wanted to say we were truly blessed by all the generosity shown to us this weekend by so many of you. I want you to know how grateful we are for all the support, donations, FB Shares, Tweets, and Radio shout outs. We are humbled to be surrounded by good friends and people like you.
David Ortiz came to the house today and built us a wheelchair ramp from scratch. I can't give his donation a dollar amount but I wanted to recognize his donation of time, skill, and labor. Thank you David.
I just got off the phone with Tony Sandoval from 98.1 Kiss FM. He saw my video and felt compelled to lend his support for Paloma on his Sunday Night Oldies Show a few nights ago. I personally didn't hear it but friends told me about it. So I called in to thank the man myself. He told me they're all rooting for her over there and that she's in their prayers. So again, Thank You Tony Sandoval and everybody at 98.1 Kiss FM for your support.
Reposting for my friends and family who still haven't seen this. For those those of you who have, please continue to share my message where ever you can. Thank you friends and have a beautiful Sunday.
Thanks to everyone for all the donations, prayers and well wishes. Because of you, I was able to order the high-quality, portable wheelchair ramps we need to safely move Paloma in and around the house. I'll post up pics as soon as they arrive. Again, thank you all !!! Let's keep this going!!! :D
Happy Friday!!! It's been an amazing 10 days since we started this. We've already reached 14.7% of our goal!!! The support, kind words, prayers, and donations have been both overwhelming and sincerely humbling. Thanks to all of you for getting us to this point and for your continuing support.
Good morning friends. Let's keep this going. We still have a long way to go to reach our goal. Hopefully this video can help.
I made this video to tell you in my own words what's going on. Please share and hopefully it helps to spread the word.
Good morning!!! I'm happy to report the Posey Transport Harness arrived and works like a charm. I'm now able to move Paloma in and out of bed in relative safety (compared to before). Made possible by all of you. Please, continue sharing and re-posting our message. It's already making a big difference in her life.
Little by little we're reaching for our goal. We couldn't do it without you all.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Paloma and I!!! Have fun and be safe out there.
Hello friends, supporters, and visitors. It has come to my attention that there are some of you out there who's friends or acquaintances believe this is a hoax or some sort of scam. It's not. If you'd like further details or specifics about the situation, I will gladly speak with you in person or we can talk over the phone.
People who know me, know that I'm a hard-working, honest man trying to help his wife through the most difficult time of her life. A combination of illness I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
Please, if any of you see or hear someone saying or posting that this is some sort of hoax or scam, please tag my name on their post so I can address it directly. If they don't want to help us, they don't have to. I just don't want anyone spreading false information about us.
Paloma's comfort and quality of life are depending on everyone's support. Thank you and have a blessed evening friends.
Happy Saturday friends!!! Paloma woke up in good spirits this morning thanks to all your support. Please keep sharing this for us. It's making a big difference. Thanks you all and have an awesome Saturday!!!
I know I forgot to post this but, I am accepting donations in person as well. I've had a few people today hand me donations in person. They didn't feel comfortable paying for stuff online. I'll drive to you if you want to do it this way. Thanks for the support everyone!!!
Thanks to everyone's generosity, I was able to order the first piece we need to help get Paloma in and out of bed. Hopefully it will ship soon and we can get her out of the house ASAP.
Please, continue to share this page for me friends. Just getting the word out is making a huge difference in our lives.
Paloma: I'm truly humbled by the generosity of friends and strangers alike. All the positive messages, prayers, and well wishes have brought some semblance of hope to what my life has become. I just want to thank everyone for the support they have given thus far.
You guys are amazing!!! In less than a day we've received an outpouring of support which is both overwhelming and incredibly humbling. You guys had us both in tears last night. I can't say this enough, thank you.
My name is Jeffrey Mendez and I'm making this page to help my beautiful wife Paloma. I'm coming to you with my hat in hand with the hope that you may be able to help her. Please bear with me.
A little bit about Paloma. She's a beautiful, strong, vibrant, honest, and loving 30 year old woman. She loves art, music and animals. She loves all her friends and family wholeheartedly.
Paloma is diabetic and has been most of her life. In 2010, her health took a turn for the worse and she was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease a.k.a. Kidney Failure. She was put on Peritoneal Dialysis and tons of medications shortly thereafter to keep her alive. She was also placed on the Transplant Waiting List but for her blood type the wait is at least 6-7 years. It goes without saying that this is one of the most expensive diseases one can suffer from with endless doctor and lab visits and at least 15 prescription medications at any given time.
Fast forward 3 years and my poor wife has suffered from the side effects of these 2 diseases. The diabetic neuropathy and the daily dialysis has taken it's toll on her body. She can no longer work. She's been wheelchair bound for a little over a year due to the muscle loss in her legs. 6 months ago she lost the use of her hands. The dialysis is leaving painful calcifications in her calves and knees. Even on strong pain medicine, she is still in near constant pain. She has to keep her knees elevated most of the time to get a little bit of relief. She can hardly sleep or rest for more than an hour at a time. For the past few months she was at least able to stand up on her own to get her in and out of the wheelchair, car, shower, and toilet.
As of Mid-February, she could no longer do this either. Her life has become incredibly difficult. She has fallen and hurt herself 3 times. Even the most basic of daily tasks we take for granted have become tedious and extremely frustrating for her. At this point, she needs round the clock care as far as her basic needs are concerned. Every day has become a struggle and she can no longer enjoy life. I can't even get her out of the bed to get her some fresh air and sunshine. Getting her to her doctor appointments have become next to impossible due to not having the proper vehicle.
The healthcare that my employer and I pay for doesn't cover "Disabled Medical Equipment" which means that we have to come out of pocket 100% for all the assistance devices. For example: Patient Lift, Taller wheelchair, Lift chair, Ramp Van etc, etc. I tried to qualify for assistance but my gross pay is too high. It's sad because I barely take home enough money to cover rent, utilities, food and gas not to mention mounting medical bills.
Which brings me to why we're here. We need help. I can't do anything about her current health condition. At the very least, I can try to make her days and nights as comfortable as possible and also eliminate the risk of falling by using a wheelchair accessible van. Unfortunately, I simply can't afford these items on my own.
Here's a small list of the main items:Adjustable Queen/King Bed $2000-$3500 (GIFT RECEIVED)10K BTU Portable Air Conditioner $300- $500
New WheelChair $400-$800 (GIFT RECEIVED)
Patient Lift $500-$1500 (PURCHASED) Lift Slings $250-$500 (PURCHASED)WheelChair Ramps $600-$800 (PURCHASED)Lift Chair/Recliner $1000-$1300 (GIFT RECEIVED)And the big one.....
Good Used Ramp Van $15K-$25k (Purchased)Wheelchair Vehicle Restraint System $400-$750 (Purchased)Another way you can help directly:
I'm not asking for you to fund all of this without any self-sacrifice on my part. I sold my 70 Chevy C10 Pickup for this cause and used the money to help buy the van we just picked up.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer them quickly. I know that I set a very lofty goal but she's worth that and much more. I'm also contacting her favorite TV show personalities and other charitable organizations for help. Hopefully using this approach we can reach this goal quickly.
All of the donations here are going directly into a special account set up to pay for all the medical equipment she needs. Believe me when I say that all of your hard-earned dollars won't be squandered.
Anything you can give, no matter how great or small would help greatly and I will owe you a big favor. I am also accepting cash and check donations in person if you aren't comfortable donating over the web. Let me know. Thanks friends.
25468 Belmont Avenue
Hayward, CA 94542
We have some very big changes coming this week. My poor Paloma's life is only going to get harder. Her kidney function has worsened over the past few months. Wednesday she is going to have a Vascular Access inserted in to her heart. That way, she can start getting the hemo-dialysis she needs. Then on Friday she will begin In-Center Hemo-Dialysis 3 days per week. Needless to say, the logistics behind transporting her to and from these appointments will be difficult until we can afford our own van. We need everyone's help more than ever. Thanks for taking the time to read this. We appreciate you all.****UPDATE 4/23/2013****
I'm shifting the focus of this fundraiser to the critical need we have for a wheelchair accessible van. Right now, the only way to get Paloma to her dialysis treatments is via Wheelchair Taxi. Even with the discount she gets, it's still very costly with 6 rides per week. Having our own van will save us money in the long run and allow me to take Paloma out for more social activities. Right now, we can only afford trips to dialysis. We need everyone's help. No matter how big or small.****UPDATE 6/4/2013****
It has been on helluva a week. I actually managed to find a Wheelchair Ramp Van within our budget!!! I picked it up a few days ago and I'm very happy with it. It's far from perfect and needs a little work but it's an awesome starting point. It's missing the wheelchair restraints, the motorized drivers seat is on the fritz, and the clearcoat is bad. Aside from that it's good. The proper restraints should cost somewhere in the $500-$900 range. Hopefully we will be able to order them soon so we can leave the buses and taxis behind and give Paloma some freedom back.
We couldn't have made it this far without all of your help. Just a little more to go and we will be at our goal!!!