Carrey wanted to post this earlier in the week, but as her health declined she did not get to it…
ALS has obviously altered my life plans. Obviously. But it has also altered the life plans of my children. Besides the obvious and horrible fact that they will finish growing up, becoming adults and ultimately having their own children without me, ALS has taken away MY ability to influence their life plans in many ways.
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. Is it appropriate? Is it tacky? Is it rude? At this point in my life I really shouldn’t care, but I do. I want to remain as proper as I have been in life as I will be in death. After thinking about it long and hard, I’ve decided I wanted to share in advance where my “In Memory” request will be directed. I would like to give you all – friends, family, and followers – to help contribute to one of my goals as a mother and wife to provide my Children with a Christian Education. The goal started in pre-school when they were just starting to learn about Christianity and the beautiful world around us for all things living. This was all part of God’s creations. We continued with sponsoring the Backside Mission allowing my children to help teach Sunday pre-school to the workers on the backside of Churchill Downs. We continued not just our weekly call to church on Sunday, but where the message led us throughout the weeks and months. A large call came when we started Ian in sixth grade for having both a strong education with a Christian formation. Everything he did was woven into our family’s beliefs, including his entire class starting the morning by saying a prayer for our family.
I have always planned to send my children to a Christian High School. It was one of my life goals. I was planning to go back to work to help fund this dream, but ALS has robbed me of my ability to make this contribution to the lives of my three kiddos. Eric is fully in support of this goal and would make every sacrifice to assure my dream became reality, but not without worry and sacrifice. And Damn it, hasn’t he done enough of this!
In order to feel as though I am making a lasting contribution to my dream of sending my three kids to a Christian high school, I am establishing a fund to which I will ask in my obituary “In lieu of flowers which I will neither see nor smell at my funeral, please consider making a contribution to the Team Dewey Fund”. Knowing that this fund exists gives me comfort as I am approaching the end of my wonderful life here with you all.
But, at the same time, I want to be able to personally thank all those that contribute to this fund and to my dream. So I am humbly asking that if you would consider donating to this fund after I am gone, would you please consider donating to it now? I know there are many of you that have connected with me through my Facebook Blog that have wanted to help me and my family but didn’t know how. Here is your chance and it is HUGE and so important to me. And as an added bonus, I get to write you a thank you note in first person from the bottom of my heart.
Here are the particulars:
- PayPal payments can be sent to email@example.com
- Make checks out to “Team Dewey Fund” and take it to a 5/3 Bank Branch or mail to:
- Team Dewey Fund
- PO Box 43365
- Louisville, KY 40253
I need to make sure you know that these contributions will not be tax deductible as the fund is not a 501(c)(3) organization, but rather it is a gift from your heart to mine.