Mary Fran will be 70 years old on July 20, 2014, and her family would like to give her one of the best surprises we can think of - waking up on her birthday at home in Kentucky to find her three grandkids have travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia to help her celebrate with love and laughter!
It has been two years since Mary Fran has seen her only grandchildren, Jacob, 11, and Ben and Ava, 7 year old twins. They live with Mary Fran's daughter, Liz (the Admin for this GoFundMe campaign) and their dad in Sydney, Australia. The long plane trip from the US to Australia is hard on Mary Fran's health, and the expense of travel means they don't get to see eachother often.
In fact, the three grandkids have never been to their 'Grammy' Mary Fran's home in Kentucky together, and have never been able to enjoy Grammy's cuddles, cooking and card games on her 'home ground.'
Our hope is that with a bit of help from friends and family, near and far, who've known and loved Mary Fran/Fran/Pixie throughout her life and travels (Denver, Minnesota, California, New York, Nebraska, Washington State, Kentucky and beyond), we can partially cover the expense of surprising her with amazing in-person hugs and kisses from her Aussie grandkids on this monumental birthday!
Our family will create a big birthday card with the names and well-wishes of everyone who helps with a donation (regardless of amount), and present it to Mary Fran on her birthday so she knows what a wonderful community effort the SURPRISE VISIT was!
Any amount, large or small, that is contributed, will be considered part of the larger SURPRISE VISIT birthday gift fund and will go exclusively towards travel expenses for getting Mary Fran's three grandkids from Sydney, Australia to Lexington, Kentucky on July 20, 2014 for an approximately two week visit. Mary Fran's daughter, Liz, will travel with her kids and be part of the surprise as well. Flying round-trip from Australia to Kentucky will cost about $1700 per person, and though we already have a portion of the expenses covered, we need a bit of help from Mary Fran's circle of family and friends to get to our final amount.
And, finally, we realize we're asking a big favor, and we certainly don't do it lightly. Even if you are unable to contribute to the SURPRISE VISIT, we are so grateful to have many wonderful people like you in our family's lives and we want you to know that we will pay every kindness forward when any opportunity arises, just as Mary Fran, our mother, wife, grandmother, and friend, would like us to, in her honor. Thank you! xx
PS Remember... SHHHH... it's a SURPRISE!!
- Abby Lovett
- Clare Lovett
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