Keep Lady Scratch's Family Together
She has helped out so many leagues, especially in the Midwest and Illinois: Soy City Rollers, Prairieland Punishers, McLean County Missfits, Capital City Hooligans, Chicago Bruise Brothers, Twin City Derby Girls, St. Chux Derby Chix, Arch Rival Roller Derby, and Gatekeepers Roller Derby, just to name a few. There are so, so many more and everywhere that she's been she has touched lives and left her mark in the very best way.
It's time for us to give back to her what she's given to all of us through music. Bri needs our help so she can keep being the wonderful mother, daughter, sister, partner, DJ, and friend that she is.
Here's what's up:
Bri has a couple of very tough chronic physical diseases, Lupus and Ehlers Danlos. Complications of these illnesses kept her from being able to work last fall. Some of you may know that Bri has been struggling with her physical health and then consequent mental health as far back as late November. She was able to go down to part time at her job through December and then go on FMLA through January and February.
Shortly after all of that, Bri recently uprooted her life in central Illinois and moved to St. Louis in search of better career opportunities. She was finally able to return to work in March, landing a great job right after she moved. A few weeks later while she was still in training at her new job, she had a very bad and unexpected Lupus-related day at work resulting in a trip to the ER. After that, she could not return to work without a primary care doctor's note to cover her recovery time from the Lupus flare and a statement saying that she could return to work.
Because insurance is the way it is, she had not been at her new job long enough for health insurance coverage to kick in when the ER trip and Lupus flare happened, which means that she had not had an opportunity to establish a primary care physician and there was no way her for her to get the necessary documentation to return to work. Unfortunately, this meant that her time at her brand new dream job in STL had come to an unexpected end.
So now... because Bri has been unable to work since March and thus unable to generate income, she ended up getting behind on paying some very important bills and due to not being able to work, she has now been sued for a large sum of money.
The judge threw out all of her medical evidence showing why she was unable to work because it's considered "hearsay" if the doctor or her caseworker isn't present in the courtroom. She lost the case, and now Bri has until July 6th to pay $3500 or she will have to report directly to jail in Illinois. Bri does not have an attorney because, well, she can't afford to pay one as has been outlined above. Missouri legal aid won't help her because the case is in Illinois, and Illinois legal aid won't help because she is no longer a resident of Illinois.
Currently, she is in outpatient treatment for mental healthcare to help process and deal with everything that's been going on with this court situation and the toll of recent healthcare problems, etc.. It's been incredibly beneficial and her health is currently on the up and up! Going to jail would take her out of treatment. Going to jail would keep Bri from her two amazing children that desperately need to be around their mom. It would cause her to lose the new job she JUST got a couple of weeks ago, and would (on the lowest priority level) keep her from attending any gigs she has booked, including her beloved RollerCon, WFTDA Playoffs in Dallas, and more.
From Bri, in addition to the above: "I'm trying to use all the coping tools I've learned in treatment, but this is just so overwhelming. I'm trying not to be hopeless, but who could come up with $3500 in 60 days if they WEREN'T sick? I'm depressed and in pain and I'm just at a complete loss. I really need help but the legal system refuses to help me and I don't know where to turn."
If you've read this far, THANK YOU. This is where you come in: think of every time you've been around Lady Scratch... maybe she played that song with your name in it when you were on the jam line; she made you get up and dance or sing along at a bout; she took your song request at karaoke or maybe even rap battled against you? She brought back songs that you forgot you loved and now you can't stop playing that Sibling Rivalry mix at practice every week. Maybe she was there and listened to you when you needed a friend or gave you a hug. She definitely told you an awful dad joke and did her dumb little signature goober dance that she does (you know the one) and probably made you feel like a million bucks. Because that's what she does.
We don't need a million bucks, maybe just five or ten from each person. Or, if you're able, please donate the monetary equivalent of what Lady Scratch's music has meant to you personally. She's taken such good care of all of us and her own family, it's time for us to take care take of her and support her while she needs us most. Please help keep Bri Park and her famitogether.
We only have a day or so left to raise money for Bri, and unfortunately we are still a bit short of the goal. There's about $500 left of the actual needed amount, and then the extra $500 to cover GoFundMe's fees to ensure that Bri actually gets the full amount of money.
We sincerely appreciate all of your generosity and help to keep Bri from going to jail. In these last two days, we just need everyone to dig deep and spread the word! We can never say thank you enough.
Please continue to give, if you can, and please share the fundraiser across Facebook if you can't give! Studies have shown that Facebook shares actually do equal increased funds raised, so please help however you can.
<3 Deborah on behalf of Bri
(The extra $500 in the campaign is to help cover the fees that GoFundMe charges. Their fees are 7.9% + 30¢ per donation. There's a lot of tedious math involved to figure out the exact amount, so I decided it was better to be safe than sorry. More info on GFM fees here: https://www.gofundme.com/pricing)
I cannot believe that in such a short time we have raised over $2,500 for Bri! This is more phenomenal that I ever thought possible and I can't thank you enough. Our hearts are so full with gratitude.
I just now went in and edited the campaign to change our goal from $3,500 to 4,000. The extra $500 is to help cover the fees that GoFundMe charges. Their fees are 7.9% + 30¢ per donation. There's a lot of tedious math involved to figure out the exact amount, so I decided it was better to be safe than sorry. More info on GFM fees here: https://www.gofundme.com/pricing
Please continue to give, if you can, and please share the fundraiser if you can't give! Studies have shown that shares actually do equal increased funds raised, so please help however you can. <3 --Deborah
Please continue to give, if you can, and please share the fundraiser if you can't give! Studies have shown that shares actually do equal increased funds raised, so please help however you can. <3
This is Bri's mom.... please keep sharing, they have put her in jail until she can come up with the balance. She does not deserve this. She is a kind, funny, loving mom who would do anything for anybody. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, you all have a place in our hearts. ♥