Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fundraising Event - We need your help!

I love using my business to help other people.  This time, it is to help someone very near to my heart.

I am the youngest sibling of four and the only girl. I grew up always looking up to my brothers who took care of me and watched out for me. Always. Little did I know, one day, I would be standing in their shoes, only I would be desperately trying to help save their life.

My second oldest brother is a professional musician. He has a master's degree in music and has toured the country opening for acts such as Billy Joel. He is also a high school band director who has spent an immeasurable amount of hours devoting his life to his students.
Tom has always been a person who dove head-first into his work and whatever he put his mind to, he accomplished. He has found himself in a difficult place in life as he has finally realized he is an alcoholic. That brings us to now. 
He tried a few years ago to go to rehab on his own but was only able to afford a five day program. A 30-day inpatient facility is so far beyond his means and state facilities were too difficult to get into. The short-term facility only worked to detox him and not to retrain him to live with alcoholism. He had a severe neck injury and could not seem to bring himself to get treatment due to his high level of anxiety. The only way he could bring himself any relief was to drink the pain away. This escalated over these few years as did his pain. The last two months almost cost my brother his life. He drank himself into oblivion and found himself in the hospital begging them to Baker Act him. Due to the fact that he was not suicidal, they would not complete the Baker Act despite him begging them to. Fortunately, he had low sodium and they were able to keep him a few days which gave us the chance to find a short term detox facility to take him with insurance. He was able to fully utilize them since he had already detoxed by that point, but he was desperate to go to long-term care for true rehabilitation. 
The research that was put into finding a place that could take him and his insurance was immense. But we found a place. It was on day 11 that we learned his insurance would no longer be covering him because he was not found to be suicidal. Now we were left with the decision to have him released to an outpatient care on only 3 hours a day and Alcoholics Anonymous, or find a way to keep him in on self-pay. 
I presented every option to him so he had the option to choose and I assured him I would get the funds if he wanted to stay. He immediately chose the option to stay. He said he knew his best chance for success was to complete his program. I got to see him last weekend and I could not believe the transformation he had made in the time he had been there. I have scraped through every option I have including my other brother and I taking it from our own pockets.

This man is desperate to get healthy and recover. He has begged for help. I cannot let him fail. If it means I pay for it, then I will somehow find a way. But I am seeking help for finances any way I can. 
Please consider his story. Consider his life and his desire to get healthy. Please consider that this is a man I look up to and admire and even more so because he was able to admit he needed help.

The EVENT has all the information so please click going to be sure to get all the updates.  I will be posting videos and tutorials and pictures!  Consider joining me to help my brother's road to recovery!