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Sunni and Scott Almond

$20,888 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 277 people in 6 months
Created June 28, 2018
Going More Joe
on behalf of Sunni Almond
30947712_1530246151714761_r.jpegWell my very dear friends, what has happened is unthinkable. The unthinkable never happens when you're watching. It waits until you're so busy doing what you're doing that you never see it coming, and then there it is, right in your face.

We weren't ready, when after the third trip to the ER on June 6 to finally get Scott admitted to getting his hernia repaired, and realizing that continually rubbing dirt on it and manning up to the pain wasn't really his best plan of action, and something like surgery really needed to be done, so he could get back out there and start the new job he had his eye on, and be the provider he has always been.

What happened instead, after the doctor was going to turn us away this third time, was, I told the doctor that I wasn't taking Scott home until he diagnosed him. After the Ultrasound, the doctor didn't find a hernia, but Scott had spent three solid weeks in bed in pain, and I demanded an answer. I pressured him to do further diagnostics, so a cat scan was done, and stage IV inoperable colorectal cancer was found. It had also traveled to the lungs, lymph and liver.

After the wind was officially removed from our sails, and as we looked at each other in disbelief, they found Scott a room in the big VA hospital here in Vegas, and I somehow found my way home while that video played over and over in my head. Our lives changed forever with those unfortunate words. Scott will never get back up, get dressed and go to work, at least not in this life. The 3 - 6-month prognosis, with the 5% chance of up to a year with chemo if it works, is pretty damn sobering.

One of the most significant challenges with this new normal, is I have to become the breadwinner, which hasn't been my role in our relationship. I made the fun money, my Pilates workshop money, and my money was mine, and his money was ours and paid the bills.

My clientele is only in the beginning stages of building here in Las Vegas, and I have nowhere near the income needed to support our monthly bills, let alone my business expenses, food, etc. What I have done is apply for Social Security for both of us as we magically each turned 62 in the last couple of months. I have applied for Social Services, I am working on a loan mod for my current house and am short of selling my California house. Unfortunately, there is NO equity. I have made deals with the electric company, credit card companies, and requested disability benefits for Scott from both Social Security and the VA. I will be doing a bankruptcy, and getting a less expensive car, but I want to stay in our new house. So we are making it roommate ready. 

My time these days is spent working as much as Scott's needs allow me too, but he needs me here to help him with basic things since he is too weak and in too much pain 24/7 to do much on his own. It happened so damn fast. Two months ago he was complaining of his hernia, but he was still looking the gym-built guy who let nothing get in his way of doing whatever was needed, whenever it was necessary, for us and others. He was a cardiac critical nurse for over 33 years, he did roofing as a side job and built lots of my Pilates apparatus. He was my Superman. Here we are just a few weeks later, and he is thin, weak, and doing his best to stay on top of the pain. My Social Security is $679 a month, and Scott's allotment of $1684 before they figure out the disability portion is not going to arrive in my bank account until August. That's just the facts.

What is needed is money to help me finance our bills while I figure out how to bring in more money. I plan on continuing teaching and providing workshops with great presenters; it's just that the time available for me to teach is diminished now because of the care that Scott needs. My first thought was to request $10 from everyone on my Going More Joe FB group because I have paid it forward there and have put in so much time and energy, that I felt it was a fair trade. So many people suggested that I let myself be supported by the community during this time, that I am just leaving it to everyone to decide their level of support. I am grateful and humbled, and I guess my lesson is to learn to receive. Why is it SO hard?

The numbers are a mortgage, utilities, car and medical insurance, food, kibble and dog treats are about $4,000 give or take per month. Scott also requests someone who can cook, lol.

Note from Laura Cotler: I set the goal at $20,000 to help Sunni through 5 months of Scott's illness. There are also unforeseeable uncovered-by-insurance medical costs. This money won't cover the cost of a cook, lol, but it will keep a roof over their heads and provide for basic needs and give Sunni time to sort things out.

I wanted to help do this fundraiser for Sunni because she has given me and the greater Pilates community so much through Going More Joe. When I approached Sunni and asked her if I could make her a Go Fund Me Page, her first reaction was "no way," but I and others convinced her that we would really love to show our gratitude to her and to please let us do this for her. I was in such a bad place physically and emotionally, and Sunni, through GMJ returned me to life. So I want to give back and show my love and support as she goes through this very hard time in her life. So, if Sunni has touched your life in some way, please consider giving what you feel you can.

"You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example."  ~Jennifer Rockwood
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Update 9
Posted by Laura Cotler
5 months ago
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Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a note from Sunni that has information about Scott’s memorials. From Sunni:

Scott Almond’s Las Vegas Memorial will be held from

3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1.

The address is:

Nathan Adelson Hospice
4141 Swenson Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Scott’s Celebrations of Life will he held at

https://skydiveperris.com

on Friday evening, September 28 on our 10th anniversary.

His Ash Dive will be at Sunset (times to be determined) on Saturday, September 29.

Come and celebrate Scott’s life and do a solo or tandem with us or just come and and be there. There is a bar and grill called “The Bomb Shelter” serving great food and drink, a swimming pool, and a giant area for hanging out. Dress is absolutely casual and comfortable.

I need a head count for each so please private message me or send an email to studio_s@icloud.com.

Love, Sunni
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Update 8
Posted by Laura Cotler
6 months ago
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Dear Friends,

Thanks to your kind and generous donations to Sunni and Scott's GoFundMe campaign, late last night (Saturday PST) we exceeded our $20,000 goal. Your gifts have been a blessing to Sunni and she is so grateful for the support of every one of you.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that Amy Taylor Alpers from​ The Pilates Center of Boulder will be teaching three ZOOM Mat Classes to help Sunni with additional costs since Scott's passing.

The dates are August 8th at 11am, and August 15 at 9am and 4pm, MST.

Below is the link to sign up, and the cost is $20. All proceeds will go to Sunni.

After clicking on the link below, click on "Sign into MBO" on the right side of the page. Scroll to the date, then click on Zoom Mat Class.

https://thepilatescenter.com

Thank you again for coming together to support Sunni in her time of need.

With Love & Gratitude,
Laura Cotler
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Update 7
Posted by Laura Cotler
6 months ago
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Thank you so much for donating to Sunni and Scott's GoFundMe Campaign. We have raised $19,805 and are so close to making our $20,000 goal. Please keep sharing! In honor of Scott, Amy Taylor Alpers of The Pilates Center of Boulder will teach 3 ZOOM Mat Classes, and the proceeds will all go to Sunni. Erica Walters is working with TPC and Amy to coordinate this special event. To register, please click, or copy and paste the link below, and read below the link for brief instructions on how to register:

https://thepilatescenter.com

After clicking on the above link, click "login to MBO" on the right side of the page. Go to the date and choose ZOOM Mat Class to enroll and pay.
August 8 at 11 am; August 15 at 9 am & 4 pm Mountain Time
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Update 6
Posted by Laura Cotler
6 months ago
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Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Scott Almond. Sunni is so thankful for all of the love, kindness, and generosity you have shown her during Scott’s illness. Please continue to share the GoFundMe so that we can help Sunni get through this very difficult time. With love and gratitude, Laura Cotler
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Raised by 277 people in 6 months
Created June 28, 2018
Going More Joe
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