6th (Annual) Fundraiser for Rhonda

 

Longtime friends and fellow quadriplegics Rhonda Reese and Bill Miller on the Miller's back patio.
 
Longtime friends and fellow quadriplegics Rhonda Reese and (me) Bill Miller on the Miller's back patio.


How are 3, 30, and 300 related?
 
August 3
, 2021 = 30 years of paralysis for Rhonda Reese.

To help Rhonda stay out of a nursing home, we are raffling off three $300 gift cards!
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In previous years, we have done bowl-a-thon fundraisers to help keep my dear friend and fellow quadriplegic Rhonda Reese in her apartment and out of a facility.

For this year's fundraiser, three people will each win a $300 gift card of their choice to either:
ALDI
, Amazon, Publix, Walmart, or Winn-Dixie shop where you prefer for groceries or more!

Raffle tickets:
1 ticket for a $10 donation
3 tickets for a $20 donation
10 tickets for a $50 donation
30 tickets for a $100 donation

The three winners will be drawn live on Facebook video on September 3, 2021 which is roughly 30 days after Rhonda's 30th injury anniversary (to keep the 3 30 300 theme going). If you win one gift card, you are not eligible to win another.

Rhonda needs help to pay for things like uncovered caregiving shifts (I elaborate below) but she also wants this fundraiser to help more than "just" her. That's why we chose to raffle off useful gift cards.

But there are rules about hosting online raffles, so we are doing this off-line. Ticket buyers are actually donors to Rhonda, but the donations correspond with raffle tickets. Donations are not tax-deductible.

Donors do not need to watch the drawing, or be present, to win. And you don't have to be local!

After making a donation, we will ask you if you want physical raffle tickets mailed to you (we have duplicates for the drawing) or the ticket numbers emailed to you.

Each winner will notify us of their desired gift card, which will be bought and delivered within two weeks. We have an anonymous donor providing the three gift cards and raffle tickets, so Rhonda has no "overhead" for this fundraiser.
 
It's a win-win: help Rhonda stay out of a nursing home, and have a chance to win a useful gift card.


Thank you for your consideration and potential generosity!

To donate, scroll almost all the way down please!

For more information, see below please and God bless!

Bill Miller
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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
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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 we are trying to 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, 2016, 2018, and 2019 we had successful bowl-a-thons for Rhonda (a big THANK YOU to all who contributed) which have helped to keep her out of a nursing home but to help keep her out long term, we probably need to keep doing this annually. We were going to do a bowl-a-thon in 2020 until COVID-19 disrupted the world.

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 was approved for 24/7 care through a combination of support programs. That has helped enough that Rhonda did not need a bowl-a-thon in 2017, but maybe we should have done it anyway to boost up her resources, as she has an ongoing need, and there is a downside to having full-time coverage.

Despite being approved for coverage 24/7, the shifts 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 are doing this fundraiser.

Keeping Rhonda in a community setting 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 have a GoFundMe page for an easy, secure way to donate online to help Rhonda:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-rhonda-stay-out-of-a-nursing-home

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Three Ways to Donate:

You can donate (1) online via the above GoFundMe* page, or (2) send money directly via PayPal to this email address: ForRhonda@yahoo.com, or lastly, you can (3) send a check made payable to: Rhonda's Benefit Trust Fund. Again, donations are not tax deductible. We are just helping a fellow human.

*NOTE: if you want to participate in the raffle, please do not donate via GoFundMe. They have rules against collecting donations for raffles. Please contact Rhonda or me with any questions thanks!
 
Any of the above will be much appreciated it all adds up to help significantly thanks!
 
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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