Donna’s three children have this to say:
“We have been so grateful for the out-pouring of thoughts, prayers, gestures, words of encouragement and support during this overwhelmingly difficult time.
We have set this page up in hopes of raising funds to go towards our mom’s recovery and long term care needs. We appreciate all of the love and support we have received so far and every tiny bit that you can give goes a long way for us. From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you for anything you can do or have done to help us on this rough journey … We are eternally grateful for any and all acts of kindness no matter how big or small, every little bit helps in a big way. Donna is staying strong and fighting with the love and support of her family and people like you who continue to support her. ”
The first run of this fundraiser was very successful. We sold a total of 64 shirts and nearly $150 in extra donations. It raised nearly $925. Since the Gaul family have been asked where they can order the shirts, we will be doing a second round of orders. I haven’t set the second round to be live yet, but if you want to be alerted to when that happens – please fill out the form.
These shirts are $23.00 – and no matter how many you order – it only costs $5.00 to ship per order. Once this new fundraiser goes “live,” I will email anybody that fills out the contact form with the URL needed to order.
Are you wondering what happened?
At the end of March, Donna began having unbearable neck arm arm pain. After a few visits to the ER, she was sent home with no clear diagnosis or any indication of what was to come. After returning home from a doctor’s appointment on March 31st, she collapsed in the driveway while getting out of the car unable to stand or operate part of her body. After being brought to yet another ER, the doctors found an abscess causing damage to her spinal chord resulting in paralysis from the chest down. Donna was then rushed to Duke Medical where she has undergone 2 emergency surgeries and is currently their Intensive Care Unit.
The Gaul Family faces many challenges ahead. They are prepared to face each challenge head on, but they can’t do it without our love & support. They are faced with the possibility of long term hospital care and major constructional changes to the layout of their home to accommodate their Mom’s needs when she is finally able to come home. If you would like to volunteer time or services to help out with the Gaul family, you can also leave that as a comment on the contact form above and I will forward the information to the Gaul family.
This t-shirt fundraiser serves two purposes. First and foremost is family & friends can have a shirt to wear that shows their support of Donna! Secondly, it has the potential to give the Gaul family the financial support they need for Donna’s recovery & long term care.
And until Donna is able, we must dance for her while we wait for the day we can dance with her!
“Trust in the God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for He is our refuge.” Psalm 62 -8.