Gigi's (Mary Pelcher) Relief Fund

Local educator on the verge of losing beloved family home of 30 years due to excessive medical bills. 

Mary Pelcher was born to two Irish immigrants who insilled in her that education was a priority in America. Mary was an honor roll student who went to Catholic Schools her entire life. She had aspirations to become a teacher. She worked at J.L. Hudsons to fund her college tuition at University of Detroit Mercy. She graduated with honors and was hired immediately. She taught in Detroit as an elementary teacher for 5 years.

She married and had 2 daughters, Ellen and --. She finally felt fulfilled in her life long dream to be a loving mother and educator.  Unfortunately, domestic bliss came to a crashing hult as she  became a victim of domestic abuse. She  feared for her and her childrens lives and left her home. She divorced with two small children under the age of 5 to support. She struggled as any single parent does and had to start all over again. She embraced the change and tried to teach the Irish values that she was raised with to her girl.  She soon found a position in the Livonia Public School District. It was here that she dedicated 35 years of her life as a 1st grade teacher.  In 1994 she decided that too much of her life had passed her by. She had planned for her retirement. She invested in her home and started a long term healthcare policy of $20/month. 

She was loving life as a retired educator as she got to help raise her granddaughter, Lindsay.  Mary often helped Lindsay with her schooling and helped inspire her to take pride in her education. Mary experienced so much joy when her only granddaughter graduated from the University of Michigan in Business. Her life was filled with even more joy and love when her great granddaughter, Maggie was born. The home she loved would now was filled with new and upcoming memories. It was her great granddaughter that crowned her with the name of Gigi.

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On November 10, 2015 Mary
took a hard fall and broke her femur. She was sent to a facility to recover and do physical therapy. Mary was on very strong medication that made her physically  ill and often "fuzzy". She also suffered from bed and heel wounds that made standing let alone walking unbearable.  The combination of the two were to much for her 83 year old body to handle and made it almost impossible to engage in physical therapy. Her medical bills were mounting and the nursing home refused to allow the family to seek  a 2nd opinions or remove her from the facility. Due to the overmedication the facility convinced her that she did not need her families guidance in decision making and had her sign papers to remove the families power of attorney. In addition they convinced her that she needed "outside" financial guidance and help. The battle in court still goes on to gain control of her finances as the courts are disregarding any input from her or her family. The system has not allowed Gigi to speak in court on her behalf to no longer use a conservator. Due to obscene medical bills, prior debt, and legal fees the court has deemed the sale of her home (that is in a trust) to be sold to pay the facility along with other debt.  The house will no longer be her home nor will she be able to return when her long term care is depleated. As it stands Gigi is unable to come home even if she was under home medical care as she risks being sued by the facility. Which means the court can still take her beloved home.

Close your eyes and think of your mom, dad, grandmother going though this? How would it make you feel? How sad would you be to watch the home you lived in or still resided in be on the verge of sale? Would you not try anything possible to save the home you built for your family and worked your entire life to pay off.  We want to save her home so she can return without fear of being sued or not having a home at all.

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