|5th Annual Bowl-A-Thon for Rhonda|
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 we are having the fifth 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.
For this year's
bowl-a-thon, we are doing something a little different – having
two different ways to bowl:
Rhonda Reese, who is currently age 52
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 join us – it will be fun! :-)
The bowl-a-thon is at
Break Point Alley in Tavares, Florida from roughly 3-5 p.m. on
March 16, 2019.
• Printable sponsor tracking sheet by hand: 5th_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Hand.pdf
• Tracking sheet by computer (calculates totals): 5th_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Computer.xlsx
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
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, and 2018 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 probably need to keep doing this annually.
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 is now in need, and there is a downside to having full coverage.
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 previously had a YouCaring page to enable online donations for Rhonda, but that disappeared when YouCaring merged with GoFundMe. So we now have a GoFundMe page for an easy, secure way to donate online to help Rhonda:
Four Ways to Pay/Donate (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 GoFundMe 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
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, or bowl in our 9-pin no tap tournament – 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
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