Hello Everyone! After a brief hiatus we are back on track with getting Tony back on track. Why is today a particularly good day to consider donating? Well because it's his birthday today! Please help us to make 29 the best year possible by giving whatever you can spare. If you haven't shared Tony's story in a while, this is a great time to mention it again. Life gets busy, but it's always important to take the time to let the people in our lives know how much we care. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY!!
Hello All! Tony's neighbor Louise is sponsoring a virtual run to raise funds for his surgery and you can visit her page here:
This is yet another wonderful example of all of us coming together to help get Tony back on track. Please please share these links with friends and family and urge them to do the same with the people in their circles. I know it is a busy time for everyone and we thank you for all that you've done and continue to do!
Hello Everyone! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you again who are sharing the link as there has been a wonderful surge in visits to the page recently. Now we just need to encourage these folks to donate! Imagine how quickly we could reach our goal if everyone in our circles donated just 5 or 10 dollars. Also, I wanted to share a photo of the wonderful card that someone sent to Tony the other day. Thank you again for your support!
Inching closer to our 20% mark! Just today, Tony received a gift of brownies and a card wishing him well. If someone can take that much time and effort for someone they don't even know, I have faith that all of you out there will continue to offer your support. We are coming up on the season of giving after all! Please do whatever you can to demonstrate to people what a wonderful thing they will be doing by donating. Share the link, share your Tony stories, share these updates. Thank you!
Happy Friday Everyone! A generous donation yesterday has moved us SO close to that 20% mark. Thank you so much to those of you how must have helped to share the link a little wider as we had an uptick in visits to the site. Please keep spreading the word and help us move past that 20 percent. A simple cut-and-paste into your status update could do wonders!
Hello All! We are so close to reaching 20% of our goal, but I really need your help in increasing traffic to the website. Please please share the link on your wall or with anyone who knows Tony or might be interested in donating even a little. We can't do this without your help!
What progress! Donations over these past couple of days have brought us to nearly 18% of our goal!! As an incentive to donate, if we can show that we have raised a good chunk of the total then the hospital is willing to talk with Tony about at least scheduling the surgery. Please help push us towards that point by donating as much or as little as you can afford and sharing this link far and wide. Let's see if we can make it to at least 20% in the next couple days, whaddaya say??
Hello Everyone! We seem to have stalled a bit at our 10% mark and we only had 4 visits to the page yesterday, so we really need your support now more than ever. Please do what you can to urge friends and family to donate and share the website. I know many of us have gone through rough times, but we've made it through because of the support of loved ones. Let's work together to make sure Tony knows how many of us care about him and demonstrate what a determined support network can do!
Double digits reached! We are now more than 10% on the way to our goal in just 2 1/2 weeks. We really couldn't have done all this without such a diversity of support and the wonderful initiative many of you have shown in sharing the link with friends and among the groups of people who know Tony best. Please help me to continue keeping donations flowing perhaps by sharing a favorite story or a memory of how Tony touched your life. Thanks everyone!
Hello Everyone! As of late last night we reached the $1,000 milestone and a deluge of generous donations today has rocketed us to almost double digits!! Please help us keep this incredible momentum going by donating if you can and sharing Tony's story with friends and family. Thank you!
A big thanks to the last two donors who helped us to jump an entire percentage point in a single day! We are now just shy of 6% of our goal. Please keep in mind that no donation is too small and every ounce of support means more than you can imagine. Please continue to consider donating if you have the means and sharing these updates with friends and family. Thank you all again!
Our last donation just put us right under the 5% mark! We are climbing slowly and steadily. Please consider making a donation of any amount as every little bit helps. Thanks again to all of you who have donated and shared the link!
Hello Everyone! We have now reached 4% of our goal and I'm confident we can keep the momentum going. I know these are tight times for everyone, so your donations are that much more appreciated. Please continue to spread the word and share Tony's story with as many people as you can. Just think, if even one of us got each of our friends to donate $10 we would reach our goal in no time!
Hello Everyone! We are now over 3% on the way towards our goal. Please consider donating even a small amount if you haven't already and sharing this story on your own page if you have. Thank you so much for your support!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated so far. After only about 24 hours we have already collected over $400! I've been incredibly moved by everyone's generosity and truly appreciate every penny that gets us closer to our goal. If you feel comfortable, please share this link on your own page so that we can share Tony's story as far and wide as possible. Thank you again!
I have never written an appeal
such as this before, but I was hoping that whoever reads this would be
willing to try and help or at least pass on the story to someone who
My best friend Tony damaged
the cartilage and tore the meniscus in his knee while on a trail ride several
years ago and has been having debilitating knee problems ever since.
In 2010, his knee weakened to the point where he had to undergo months of
physical therapy followed by the only surgery he could afford; a re-positioning
of the knee, held in place with screws. He was told this would
last for 10-15 years, at which point they would hope that some new affordable
procedure would be developed. Alas, it did not fix
the problem and after three surgeries in the past 18 months, he now has to have
a fourth. However, because this one will basically give him a
brand new knee it is far more expensive and the hospital won't perform the
procedure until he can pay a significant portion up-front. As
you can imagine, this is not really an option. Between the initial
deterioration in his knee and the subsequent surgeries, he has been unable to
work for almost two years now. This has left him in the horrible
position of being unable to afford to fix his knee, but unable to get a decent
paying job because of his immobility and inconsistent schedule related to the
surgeries. Compounding the problem is the fact that the State has
rejected his request for disability assistance now for the second time.
Further, his family is very much struggling themselves, so understandably they
cannot offer him much in the way of financial assistance.
I make this plea because Tony
is far and away my best friend and it kills me to see him in such dire straits.
He is easily one of the most intelligent, funny, clever, and resourceful
people I know, but string after string of bad luck has taken away a lot of the
zest for life that was always his trademark. I know in my heart that if
he can get himself healed physically then he can get back on- track with school
(he was moving toward his RN), return to the workforce with a rewarding job, and
take charge of his life. Having worked as a firefighter and in hospital
security, Tony has always been the type of person that would give his life
for someone in need. Now that he is the one in need, please join me
in giving him his own life back.
I would be so incredibly
appreciative for any help that you can offer; whether it's a donation of any
amount, sharing this link, or forwarding on the information to someone you know
who might be willing. Please feel free to contact me if you have any
questions or would like some more information.