Well, as is life, things did NOT go as planned and the trial has been "tentatively" rescheduled till end of September! Total let down to not see justice served as planned. We will regroup and face the monster head-on at that time. My employer is behind me with time off and we will do what it takes to be there for her and see this abomination go away for life. Thank You all for the outpouring of support in ALL forms! This time I got to spend with my daughter would not have been possible otherwise! Other than Skype, I'd not been able to see my babygirl, let alone hold her, in 6 years. So the ten days we had together were absolutely priceless and impossible without YOUR support and generosity. I have photos of us I would love to share, but forbidden to do so until this is all over. Fingers crossed, keep the prayers coming and we will see what comes to be in September. Bless you all! Sincerely, -Matt
BTW: ANYTHING contributed between now and then goes toward helping her buy a used car so she no longer has to walk back and forth between work and home, which is how this all began... Corporate challenge anyone to help? Ellen?....
It's 6am on Sunday, I've been up since 3am in anticipation of the day. Today I will have breakfast with my daughter, walk the beach, visit a park, then watch the regular late afternoon thunderstorms and downpours. We will reflect on what has been, what is, and what is to come. But above all else, we will savor the moments in this time of being together now. Thank You all for making this happen.
To ALL who pulled together to help and to one incredibly generous lady in particular, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Humbled by it all and forever greatful in so many ways. May none of you or your loved ones ever learn firsthand how the first part of this experience feels, but may you ALL get to experience what true gratitude feels like! We have.
Okay, I'm in Tampa with my daughter, but still hoping for the support promised by so many, but not completed yet. When you click Donate, whatever you pledge is ALL you are charged, nothing else! This website takes only a small fee and the rest goes to help the victim! Please folks, this is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure and we pray YOU never have to experience it for yourselves. Fingers crossed that justice will prevail and the healing can begin, again, finally.
Over 500 people have read this! Please be another one of them and do what you can to help! Anything raised above and beyond the cost of the trip goes to the victim of a horrible crime and the effort to help her move forward! Thank You!
Wow! 113 times you wonderful people have shared this post with others to help me raise funds so I can be by my daughter's side! Thank You! I leave this Thursday and will be down there for ten days, longer if the trial lasts longer. This isn't a "Fun Trip" it's a "Must do" trip for me to be with my daughter as she faces her attacker once more in open court, hopefully for the last time. Please take a minute to reflect on that and if you haven't already, dig deep and help me help her! Thank You for the support! God Bless
C'mon folks, 421 visitors and only 12 able/willing to donate to a worthy cause? Anything raised and not needed for the ten day trip goes to the victim here (MY daughter) Please help if you can! To those of you who have, we are deeply greatful not just for the donations but the outpouring of kind words, prayers and support by sharing the post! Quick food for thought, if each person who took the time to read this and was able to give just $5...x 421, we would have collectively raised sooo much more than what we are trying for! Thank You all for at least taking the time to read this, helps to know people do still care! So ask that someone you know who can help if you can't, let your heart be creative in helping any way you can! Prayers are free to make, appreciated when expressed, and powerful when genuine...
Thank You all for the support so far! GREATLY APPRECIATED! Still have a long way to go to meet the goal! I am trying to arrange all the support we can so I can be there for my daughter while she faces her attacker in court! Please help in any way you can! Many small contributions add up to success, don't think you need to make a giant donation, everything is welcome, appreciated and going for a great cause! I was laid off, working now, but still only getting by on check-to-check living. Never have and never would ask for help, only doing it now because it's about more than me, it's about a dad being with his daughter when she needs him! Asking for a hand in a tough situation. Please help if you can and also share with others!!! You'd do anything for your kids right? Well that is exactly what I am trying to do for mine! Thank You again for your time, contributions and support!
(If you have questions or need more details, please message me in Face Book or email me at Mattc_33@hotmail.com and I will fill you in!)
My daughter asked me to take her picture off of the post and remove a few details to keep the press from hounding her. Sucks that they would do it, but that's what sells papers right? Still hoping that organizations and friends or even friends of friends will realize why this cause is so important! Please help in any way that you can! Wouldn't you do everything you could to help a loved one so brutally attacked? I understand skepticism and will chat privately for those who need more info to know this is real. Please help spread the word and any and all contributions add up, so please help!
Thank You all for your support so far! Hoping and praying to make this goal so I can be there as a father when his firstborn girl needs him! PLEASE keep up the good work of spreading the word! Not asking for millions, just the ability to cover the basic daily needs of being away from home for 10 days while being there for my daughter as she goes through this nightmare AGAIN! Email me for more details if you need them, but praying for your click of "Support" to help us both out! Thank You!!
My daughter was brutally raped and beaten several years ago while walking home from her job down in Florida.
The low-life that commited the crime was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for his horrible crimes. Now years later, he has been granted a retrial, even though DNA evidence seals his fate. I am a happily married father of 5, but like many, live paycheck to paycheck. My daughter want's me to be there for her (as does every fiber in my being) while she is forced to relive this horrible experience and face this animal in open court once again. He has nothing to lose by filing an appeal, but she is forced to start over after rebuidling her dignity, life, and self of being after all these years. Please help us be there together while she faces down her personal demon. If you have children, think about how you would feel. I'm not a man of great means, but a solid, old school hard worker. I have a job, but after being laid off for 6 months awhile back and needing to provide for the rest of my family, my 401k and savings are gone. I've got the plane tickets down and back, but I still need to live, rent a car for ten days and provide for food. And maybe, just maybe, a simple day out to spend time with my daughter once this is over. Any and ALL help is deeply appreciated!!!