Veto is a beloved member of the Whole Body Fitness team. His family, who is from the Sonoma County area, has had a streak of unfortunate events lately, and that is why we are asking you for your support.
On the night of October 8th Veto's parents and younger brother heard a fast and loud knock on the front door and were told to immediately evacuate from their home. It was the first day of the Sonoma County fires. They did not know what they were in for and quickly left with just the clothing on their back (which happened to be their pajamas). To their dismay they were not allowed to return to their home for a week, optimistic it would still be there. Unfortunately, when they returned, their entire house and everything in it was reduced to a pile of ash.
This is not all there is to the story, in fact, this is not the worst of it. About 4 years ago Veto's mom was getting very sick all of the time. Doctor's did not know what was going on with her until about 2 years after her first onset of symptoms. She was diagnosed with advanced Lupus. Since then, she has been getting tumors throughout her body that continue to grow until she has them surgically removed. Her latest symptoms consist of tumors in her lungs. She was scheduled to have these tumors removed the week the fires hit, however, her surgery had to be postponed because the Hospital she was going to have the surgery at was evacuated. Now she is awaiting a new surgery date and is trying to be as comfortable as she can while she temporarily lives in a friend's cottage.
The path to get back on their feet has been a struggle that they do not like to speak about. Veto's mom is self-employed. While she did cut back her work and hours a lot due to her health, now she does not have much choice to work because most of the homes she worked at burned down. Veto's father as well worked at places that were affected by the fire, so his hours have dramatically been cut. The struggle for them to pay for the necessities in life like Health Insurance are looking brim if the path continues in the same direction.
Another setback they had to deal with is that all of their families savings were all in their home, and it is all gone. They also had 2 cars that were paid for, however, they had just lowered the insurance on them to liability only to save some money, so they will not get anything back for the cars.
Veto did not ask us or anyone for help for his family, in fact, he was very reluctant to let us do this for him. We just cannot imagine what his mom and family must be going through. We are hoping we can make enough for them so his mom can be comfortable in her time of recovery and until they can get back on their feet. Thank you for taking the time to read this and donate.
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