4th Annual Bowl-A-Thon for Rhonda

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018 we are having the fourth annual bowl-a-thon to raise money for my dear friend and fellow quadriplegic Rhonda Reese (a video and info about her are below) to help keep her out of a nursing home.

We are asking that each bowling participant please seek 10 sponsors at ten cents per pin for your highest of three games of the bowl-a-thon (e.g., if your highest game is 120, ten cents per pin is $12, and if you have 10 sponsors, you would raise $120). That said, the tracking sheets below have space for 20 sponsors, and sponsors can choose any per pin amount, or sponsors can choose their total instead of a pledge per pin.

Members of our Quad Squad group, including Rhonda and I (Bill) are planning to bowl, and seeking people to sponsor us. We also want able-bodied folks, family, and friends to do likewise with us – it will be fun! :-)

Rhonda
Rhonda Reese, who is currently age 51
The bowl-a-thon is at AMF Leesburg Lanes from roughly 4-6 p.m., and we thank ERA Grizzard Real Estate for covering the three-game bowling cost for participants. We thank AMF Leesburg Lanes for offering free shoe rental for bowl-a-thon participants, and contributing raffle prizes, etc.

 
Here are three files that can help:

• Printable flyer for sharing (written by Rhonda): 4th_Annual_Bowl-A-Thon_for_Rhonda-FLYER.pdf

• Printable sponsor tracking sheet by hand: 4th_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Hand.pdf

• Tracking sheet by computer (calculates totals): 4th_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Computer.xlsx
  
 
Meet Rhonda:

Rhonda and her caregiver Rachel were featured in a two-minute promo video for Interim Healthcare:
 


The video above actually shows Rhonda in the apartment that we would like to keep her in.

Here is the direct YouTube link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV7bZw0R4Fc

 
About Rhonda:
 

Rhonda was injured in a car accident in 1991 at the age of 25, and her mother was her primary caregiver for more than 20 years until cancer made her unable, and ended her life in November 2012. Her efforts for all those years are what kept Rhonda out of a nursing home, and with your help we can continue those efforts.
 
I met Rhonda after coming home from rehab from my spinal cord injury, which I incurred in 1997. She was injured exactly 6 years and 20 days before me, and wanted to help me adjust to life with paralysis. In all the years that I've known Rhonda, I have never once heard her complain about anything. She is one of the kindest, most grateful people I know.
 
In 2014, 2015, and 2016, we had successful bowl-a-thons for Rhonda (a big THANK YOU to all who have contributed) which have helped to keep her out of a nursing home – but if we are going to KEEP her out long term, we need to keep doing this roughly every year. Rhonda was able to make "ends meet" well enough that we did not need to do one in 2017. Partly because…
  
The GOOD NEWS is that, given her situation (i.e. being a high-level quadriplegic dependent on others for physical care, and having outlived her parents, and thus essentially being on her own) Rhonda has been approved for 24/7 care through a combination of support programs. BUT… there is a downside.
 
Despite being approved for coverage 24/7, the shifts themselves can be difficult to fill. Not only are they hard to staff (seemingly due to a shortage of CNAs) but if a shift is uncovered, or worse, if someone doesn't show up, Rhonda has to rely on her small team of caregivers which she has to pay out of pocket.
 
That's why we need to do another bowl-a-thon fundraiser. Fortunately, the dollars raised should be able to "stretch far" in helping to keep Rhonda in a community setting, which is actually cheaper for taxpayers than paying for a quadriplegic to "live" in a nursing home (I can elaborate on this if anyone is interested).
 
Rhonda manages everything about as frugally as possible and is grateful for any and all help.
  
We put together a YouCaring campaign for Rhonda, to have another way that people can help/donate. It has more information about Rhonda, as does the above printable flyer. And her YouCaring page also enables secure donations:

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-for-rhonda/37633

 
Four Ways to Pay (i.e. make a bowl-a-thon contribution or to simply donate):

You can (1) send a check directly to the bank, (2) send it directly to the person you're sponsoring, or contributions can be made (3) online via the above YouCaring page (no PayPal account is required to donate) or (4) directly via PayPal using this email address: ForRhonda@yahoo.com.

If you don't have a preference, please make a check payable to: Rhonda's Benefit Trust Fund and send it to the person you're sponsoring in the bowl-a-thon (that way it's easy for the bowler to keep track).

That said, here's the bank info:

Rhonda's Benefit Trust Fund
CITIZENS FIRST (Bank) OF THE VILLAGES
1050 Lake Sumter Landing
The Villages, Florida 32162
352-751-2100

Any of the above will be much appreciated – it all adds up to significantly help – thanks! :-)
 
If you want to sponsor someone – or bowl and ask people to sponsor you – to help keep Rhonda out of a nursing home, please let me know
(contact me).

Please let me know if you have any questions – thanks and God bless!

Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: http://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

 

 

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