Emilie and I met four years ago through our significant others and in those years, I’ve been consistently amazed by her integrity, strength and incredible ability to stay positive even in the most difficult of situations.
Emilie’s stepfather, Dave, suffered a terrible hemorrhagic stroke last April. Facing near-impossible odds, he survived. Since then, Dave and his family have undergone a physically and emotionally challenging journey towards recovery. After spending 5+ months in various hospitals and nursing homes, Dave finally returned home this past fall. Unfortunately, their home isn’t accommodating to Dave’s limited post-stroke mobility needs. As such, the local North Smithfield, RI community is raising funds to help remodel their home and aid Dave’s recovery.
But, really, what happened in the 20 years prior is what’s more important. David came into Emilie’s life when she was 8. As she wrote:
"He laughed easily, disciplined consistently, and did my make up before high school dances. He sat down with me to map out the most wild admissions campaign ever seen on college campuses. He pens precise sketches, refurbishes furniture, takes beautiful pictures, and paints community murals. He watches Ellen, Anderson Cooper, and Buffy religiously. He’s always loved me for exactly who I am."
Three hundred people in Rhode Island have raised $8,000 dollars towards the $18,000 goal to help Emilie’s parents build permanent ramps into their home, remodel the bathrooms, construct a bedroom for Dave on the first floor, and buy him an electronic wheelchair.
As Emilie said, social media makes community blessedly elastic, allowing the geographically distant to ban together in support of a cause. This year, Dave is Emilie’s cause and as communities tend to work, it now becomes my cause and one that I hope you can help with to give him a recovery as positive as his thinking.
Learn more and donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/fordave
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