The Clifford Raines Memorial Fund

$175 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 10 months
My Story,

August 1, 2013 my dad, Clifford Raines was set to have hip surgery.  This is the day my life would change forever.  On that day, I went to work as normal.  I remember going to lunch and not feeling okay.  I felt very nervous like something happened.  So, I called my mother and asked how my father's surgery went.  All I heard on the other line was silence, then my mother stated "Scarlett, he didn't make it.  I was completely crushed.  As you can imagine, the next week of  my life was one unbearable moment after another.

My father's wish was that when he passed away, his body was to be donated to the San Antonio Texas Health Science Center for research.  To our dismay, the Science Center would only accept his body if he had passed away from natural causes (not from complications of surgery).  A feeling of disappointment swept thru me because, in my mind, I had let him down.  So for the next four years I went through a deep depression. I didn't want to go to work.  I didn't want to be social.  I just didn't want to do - ANYTHING!

So one day , I just had enough. I jumped into my car, hopped on the interstate and just drove.  Drove.  Drove and thought.  Then Drove some more.  Somewhere, along the way, I realized this behavior is not what my father would have wanted for me.  This is not productive not positive thinking nor honoring his memory.  There was just one problem.  I didn't know how to heal myself, so for a few years, I simply existed.  I was in reaction mode only-like a pinball.  Just getting up each morning, going to work, watching some T.V. and then going to bed.  That was almost my daily routine.  One afternoon I was watching the Ellen Degeners show and the focus as on her wildlife fund.  BOOM! That was it!  Like a ton of bricks, came the idea.  My father loves animals, especially those in the wild that needed our help.  The idea was divine intervention.  Right then, I researched how to raise money to donate in my father's name.

My goal is to create the "Clifford Raines Memorial Fund". On the GoFundMe website to raise $6000.00 and give to the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund in my father's honor.
For this opportunity, and your help, I am greatly.
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Raised by 3 people in 10 months
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