: Gail & Drake need your help!

Gail is an educated, productive  and dedicated mom to her very sweet 16 year old son Drake who has Down's Syndrome.   Because of suddenly being cut off from support, they're now sleeping in their car or the occasional hotel room and need help quickly to land safely. Please take a minute to read to the end and help if you can.  A quote from Drake's Pediatric Behavior therapist of 10 years:  "I've never in my entire 30+ year career seen anything like this happen to a special needs child by a father. I'm stunned."
** Drake's father paid alimony & child support which allowed Gail to care for their son. He dropped Drake off for what was supposed to be 5 days and never returned.  After days of no response, Gail was told by his co-worker he had left the country after resigning, and by the way, Drake's health care coverage had been cancelled. It was hard to grasp what she was hearing. 
He's disappeared in France which means Gail & Drake have lost a critical component of Drake's care and the main part of their financial support. He didn't give warning to Gail or his son's therapist, even though he was a hero to his son and he knew this would crush him.  This is when it all started  - and now the situation has become critical.  Gail and Drake cannot keep living this way. Please donate if you can and SHARE this campaign.**This could happen to any of us!  Loss of a job, a death, an accident or illness with no family to help. So far, not one assistance agency has been able to help them. Each time they don't fit the criteria or the waiting list is years long. 
** Drake's world has been shattered, he can't understand why his Dad left which has set him back as he battles grief & depression. Some days he's withdrawn & won't speak. He cries "Daddy please come back!" over and over -  pouring out his heartache. Gail is doing all she can to hold their fragile world together, in pain for her son & consumed with caring for him 24/7, managing his grief, regression and all of his needs.
Drake lost his Dad. Gail lost a crucial part of the care and well being of a special needs child - the Co-parent.
**We need to take care of each other.  25.00 will cover 1/2 tank of gas. 50.00 will buy groceries for a few days.  125/150.00 helps with a modest hotel room for one night.  900.00 will help them secure shelter for more than just 2 nights w/ and inexpensive Air
 If your finances are tight, PLEASE share this GFM page via email, Twitter or Fbook.  ** Do you or someone you know have an extra room, Air B&B  or an RV you can let them stay in for a week or two? People need to help people.
** The funds raised here will help with immediate survival needs. Gail is on 2 shelter waiting lists.
  **Lastly - PLEASE  like and share  this GoFundMe link to your Fbook, Twitter and Instagram **- They say it can increase the chance for donations by 350%. We need as many eye balls to see this as possible! Thank you.  {{(((BIG HUG)))}}
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Organizer and beneficiary

Elena Keating 
Novato, CA
Gail Lawrence 
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