Rally for Red
Red has dedicated his life to public service since he was 17 years old, first as a firefighter, then coordinating EMS services for the city of New Orleans and finally as a registered nurse.
Above all, family has been paramount in Red’s life. He has had 3 children of his own, 2 stepchildren and 9 grandchildren. Shan (his wife of 15 years) and Red adopted 3 of their grandchildren 2 years ago, they are 5, 7 and 8 years old.
Red's immediate focus is trying to complete the treatments so that he can walk his daughter Jennifer down the aisle on her wedding day in April, 2017.
As you can imagine the mounting medical bills, the cost of maintaining a household with young children, while on a reduced income, is becoming more and more difficult to manage. Our hope is that you will find it in your heart to help us take care of our friends by allowing Shan to take time off work to be with Red and the grandchildren, while maintaining household bills by either donating and/or sharing this gofundme.
We vow that every cent you choose to graciously donate will be used to help them and their family and we thank you in advance for your support.
This is a post from Barbie, Shan's sister..... Shan is my only sister, and she has spent nearly all her adult life caring for other people without complaint. Before adopting her 3 young grandchildren she had already spent several difficult years working full-time whilst also being the main carer for Red's disabled parents, who had to give up their home and move in with Shan and Red. Shan has her own health issues, and I am seriously worried about how much longer she can continue to drive herself to exhaustion looking after her family. She works night shifts at the hospital from 6.45pm to 7.15am Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and averages about 3 hours sleep per day because (despite having some amazing friends & family members supporting her as much as they can) she has to be there for Red and the children. Since Red was diagnosed and had to stop working their income has obviously plummeted, so apart from the emotional strain of his illness Shan has the added stress of trying to cope financially. I am looking for someone to come and live at my house (rent free) and take care of my dogs so that I can go to New Orleans and help her, as soon as I can find the money for the flight. Normally I would never ask people for money, but please donate whatever you can manage to this fund set up by Shan's wonderful friend because without some respite my sister will literally work herself to death and her young grandchildren will, once again, have to suffer the trauma of another broken home. I promise I am not exaggerating how urgently she needs help; although she appears to most people to be coping fine because she's strong and doesn't moan, I know for a fact that she's near breaking point and it will break my heart if nothing is done and we lose her.