Visit My Awesome Mom

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I am in SC and hope to raise funds to pay for flights to visit my mom in CT.  My Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1993 and given 5 - 10 years.  He made it 25 years because he didn't want to leave my mom.  They were married for 50 years and she was his caretaker.  In my Dad's final days as a hospice patient he was heavily medicated but the hospital staff told us he could hear us.  I promised him repeatedly that my mom would be ok and we would make sure of that. 
I would like to visit her as often as I can but am unable to afford the airfare which is why I rarely visited in years past.  But I am resolved to do better now if there is any possible way.  So here it is. 
Any funds received will be used to fund trips to CT - mainly airline tickets as well as related expenses (such as gas from here to Charlotte airport, Uber from the airport in CT if there is no one available to pick me up, etc). 
I also just signed up for American Airlines Advantage program and although I'm not exactly sure how it works, I see there is an option to gift miles to others.  If anyone has extra miles on American they can not make use of themselves and would like to gift them to me, my AAdvantage #: is 8ED05C0.  American is the only airline that offers direct flights to CT at this time.
Pictured in the photo are my Dad, me and my Mom in front and my sister's wonderful family in back.  It was taken July 2017, the first time I had seen my parents in 10 years.  I wish I had done better because I didn't realize how important it was to my Dad to have me physically there, as opposed to talking on the phone (which I do every day). 
I'd like to be able to support my Mom now that she lives alone.  She is a heart patient and my Dad worried about her terribly, even as he fought the horrible pain of his cancer.  My parents taught us to be financially independent and to decline any offers of assistance from others.  But I don't think he would mind me setting up this page. 
If it is not financially feasible for you to donate, please know that I understand completely and thank you for reading.  
LLAP,
Shirley
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February 16, 2018: Thanks to the generosity of everyone here, I will be able to visit my mom. She wants me to be there for the memorial service so I'm flying to CT in one week. THANK YOU. I think I will increase the goal now since the funds received have been spent. If I only get to visit this once, that will be enough. But should I receive funds to visit more, that will be great too. The Make My Mom Sick of Me campaign.
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