I Want To Live

$2,055 of $200k goal

Raised by 32 people in 7 months
Mark Plocharczyk  MIDLOTHIAN, IL
My name is Mark. I'm 51 years old and I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). It is rare that people with SMA to live near or past 60, so I realize and accept my time is nearing an end here.

While my life has been full and rewarding both with people and finances I now face some difficult issues.

I was fortunate to have had a great career in the computer world.  I earned a living that allowed me to buy three vehicles, a house,  vacations from coast to coast, and raising a 13 year old boy.  Sadly, after 12 years of working, I was laid off for the second and last time in 2002.  

Over the past 14 years I've done all that I know how to do with 1/3 the income I was use to.  Unfortunately, I find my days juggling bills and communicating with my bank trying to keep my mortgage from being sold.

Not the poetic end of a life I considered blessed.

If I could remove this dark shadow of debt that hangs over me the stress that comes with it would disappear.  I believe with less stress my body would be stronger to fight the SMA.

My brother, who also had SMA, died at age 54.  I was with him when he past.  He spent his last years concerned about finances too.  It just doesn't seem right.  Life needs to be focused on the positive things in life not dollars and cents.

People who know me, know I'm very positive.  I will remain positive until that day I must say goodbye.
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Update 3
Posted by Mark Plocharczyk
3 months ago
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I begin this new year full of hope. My most important concern, my health, has been optimistically strong. My strong health was shored up by an amazing display of generosity of family, friends, and strangers. While my goal is still far off I believe it is still obtainable.
I believe my story and goal will be shared with enough people that will see my potential and be open to helping me.

Here's to meeting goals.
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Update 2
Posted by Mark Plocharczyk
7 months ago
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This project to raise funds has been a blessed one. I was afraid what people might say or think of me. I felt many might think of me in a negative way.

Quite the opposite has been happening. My family and close friends have been so wonderfully supportive. It has been those I've never met or haven't seen in years that humbled me.

I continue to be amazed by the positivity and generosity of people.

Thank you all again.
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Update 1
Posted by Mark Plocharczyk
7 months ago
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This project has had a tremendous and humbling start. I don't want to seem pushy by posting this request for help, so if you can please share my story with your friends and family.

You've given me a great foundation to start with.

Thank you all.
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Laura Altmann Jurkovic
7 months ago

Love you Mark!!! Please enjoy doing exactly what you said...."remain positive", and yes....give thank for each and every moment!! Hugs my friend!!!

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$2,055 of $200k goal

Raised by 32 people in 7 months
Created September 7, 2016
$250
Anonymous
1 month ago
VB
$40
vanessa blanco
5 months ago

I love you Mark

MB
$20
Maria Knoll Benner
6 months ago

God Bless and Best Wishes!

$10
Anonymous
6 months ago
$20
Anonymous
6 months ago
$50
Mike Ostrowski
7 months ago

God bless!

JH
$100
Jack Hallberg
7 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
$50
Anonymous
7 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
Laura Altmann Jurkovic
7 months ago

Love you Mark!!! Please enjoy doing exactly what you said...."remain positive", and yes....give thank for each and every moment!! Hugs my friend!!!

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