Disabled, and needing financial assistance

$7,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 77 people in 52 months
Terry Funke  MANCHESTER, CT
I am uncomfortable and embarrassed having to ask for help now; I used to be the one offering it instead. Unfortunately, I've run out of options, and even this, I fear, will be only a 'band aide.' I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. Long story short, the disease has been getting noticeably worse since 2005, to the point I had to leave my job of 14 years which I loved on disability Oct. 31, 2011. I have not been able to return to work because of complications from a fall, and my employment was terminated July 31 2012. In June, I had to purchase a Sara 3000 lift to help me transfer from one chair to another, or to bed, or for personal hygiene, out of pocket ($4,428.) I have had a 24/7 caregiver, which is also out of pocket ($1,260 per week.) I have depleted my savings in the last two months, and have started tapping into my 401k, which will be gone in the next few months. I am getting $1,023 per month Social Security Disability. I've cut any possible expenses I can,  but the numbers won't work. I could continue my life as it is if I didn't need the caregiver. Even if I had no other expenses at all, I can't afford to pay the more than $5,000 per month for the care I need. If I cannot contribute my share of living...rent, phone, food, etc., my son will have to sell his house, where I live, and I'll have little option than having to live in a nursing home where I won't have to pay for the care I need I'm trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in my life. I want to sty productive by volunteering my time with a veteran non-profit working from home making calls, coordinating activities, etc. I'm too young and mentally, emotionally and intellectually to be forced to live in an environment such as that...I will not thrive. Any contribution, no matter how small, would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you so much for your heartfelt compassion. It will never be forgotten; you'll be always in my prayers. Most sincerely, Terry
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Update 7
Posted by Terry Funke
47 months ago
I offer most sincere gratitude to my University of Hartford 'family' for the latest round of contributions I have been receiving. You exemplify the 'public purpose' side of this private university's mission of compassion and community. Also, to two special people who have each donated more than once now - you know who you are - I thank you and I love you. Thank you all for continuing to make such a positive difference in my life - in many different ways. <3 Terry
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Update 6
Posted by Terry Funke
47 months ago
Thank you to my latest round of supporters for your kind donations! Your generosity, along with those who responded before you, continues to make a huge difference in alleviating some of my stress, especially at this time of year. I am grateful to all who have shown me their compassion and support, and to those who may help me moving forward to reach my goal. Every little bit helps and is very much appreciated. Hoping everyone had a blessed and happy holiday, and wishing all a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2013! <3 Terry
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Update 5
Posted by Terry Funke
50 months ago
Thank you to all who have helped me surpass 50% of my goal! To those acquaintances and supporters I haven't met yet, and those I do know that have been unable to pledge their support yet, I would most gratefully welcome any donation amount you are willing and able to offer. If anyone can perhaps organize a fundraiser of sorts to donate to, or share profits with me, that would be of extraordinary help to me, and hopefully not an excessive 'burden' on those kind individuals choosing to participate. THANK YOU, one and all, for all you've done and to those who will continue the effort! <3 Terry
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Update 4
Posted by Terry Funke
51 months ago
I'd like to thank everyone who has so generously and selflessly donated their hard-earned money to bring a little sunshine into my life; I feel like I've been given a reprieve in my storm, however temporary it may be. Thanks to all of you, I have reached an impressive 43% of my goal! I may be pushing my luck, but it has been, and would certainly continue to be, helpful if you'd kindly keep sharing my page with anyone or group you think might be receptive to it. I continue to keep you all in my prayers and offer you my most heartfelt and sincere thanks. <3 Terry
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Meg Funk
52 months ago

Sending you a million hugs, and lots of prayers, Terri! <3 Also, if anyone would like another way to help, please check out this event: http://www.facebook.com/events/345214575554802/

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Joanna Manning
52 months ago

I wish I could help more!!

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Angela Chameroy
52 months ago

Kelli, you just brought tears to my eyes. I remember so many fun times at your Mom's with your step-dad. Thank you so much for your kindness & generosity. No matter how many years or miles pass, you'll always be such a dear friend. Love, Ang

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Dave Funke
52 months ago

Anything I can do, you let me know mom. Love you!

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Terry Funke
52 months ago

Thank you...all donations are genuinely appreciated.

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$7,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 77 people in 52 months
Created August 09, 2012
Terry Funke  
$50
Heidi Ferris
45 months ago

Sending love to you, Mama Funke!

ML
$150
Martin and Connie Lopez
45 months ago (Offline Donation)

Martin and Connie, Thank you so much for your most thoughtful and generous contribution...it touched me to tears. Who would have known, Martin, that a chance introduction at a New Britain Red Sox game eight years ago on a VA outing, my first volunteer initiative with veterans, would have yielded such a lasting and special friendship. Your support means so much, as you well know. Your kindness will never be forgotten; I'm blessed to have you in my life. Thanks again...Terry <3

SE
$200
Sharif Erik-Soussi
46 months ago

Wish I could do more. Best of luck.

JE
$50
Jonathan Easterbrook
46 months ago

Hi Terry, thinking of you.

BV
$100
bob vieth
46 months ago

wish it could be more.

BS
$50
Barbara Steinberger
46 months ago

I'm so glad that I got to know you and Tracy. Best wishes for a wonderful 2013!

CD
$62
Colleen DiTarando
47 months ago

38 was such a strange number, so I thought I'd help round it up ;-) Love you Mama!

BP
$100
Beverly Premo
47 months ago
$50
Anonymous
47 months ago
SG
$100
Sarah and Bob Gerrett
47 months ago
Meg Funk
52 months ago

Sending you a million hugs, and lots of prayers, Terri! <3 Also, if anyone would like another way to help, please check out this event: http://www.facebook.com/events/345214575554802/

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Joanna Manning
52 months ago

I wish I could help more!!

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Angela Chameroy
52 months ago

Kelli, you just brought tears to my eyes. I remember so many fun times at your Mom's with your step-dad. Thank you so much for your kindness & generosity. No matter how many years or miles pass, you'll always be such a dear friend. Love, Ang

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Dave Funke
52 months ago

Anything I can do, you let me know mom. Love you!

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Terry Funke
52 months ago

Thank you...all donations are genuinely appreciated.

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