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IMG_3296Today I feel the need to express my deepest gratitude and thankfulness to all have been involved in assisting me during this 5 month period of being without a car.

This indeed has been hard for me as I am not one to ask for help or assistance in anything that I do, let alone monetary assistance in buying another car. However I found myself in a situation being on a fixed income that I had no way around. It may not have been as difficult for me to get though the past months if it were not for having the genetic blood disorder called Polycythemia Vera, where I make too many red blood cells. This requires that two pints of blood be drawn from me each month in order to keep my blood count under control, at near normal levels.

*For more information on Polycythemia Vera, click on Polycythemia

IMG_3311I have to sincerely thank Diane Bowman of Rawley Springs, VA. and Carolyn Garber of Broadway, VA for their extreme generosity over the past 5 months in offering to come all the way from their homes to Elkton, VA (my home) and take me to the blood bank (Virginia Blood Services) in Harrisonburg, VA approximately 20 miles from Elkton, every two weeks, during that time they take me to the errands that need to run, paying bills and shopping while in town. This they have done even though it means for each of them running approximately 150 miles each every two week (they take turns) and have refused to take anything for gas. This weighs on me heavily as I know what this costs in gas every time they do it, as well as knowing what it is like for all three of us are on fixed incomes.

Polycythemia is a life threatening disease if left untreated and the only treatment for this is blood letting (otherwise known as Phlebotomy) my body just continues to over produce red blood cells until it has no place to go, and the out come is something I do not like to think about.

Along with their generosity has been the generosity of the friends and the anonymous donors and others that have donated to the GO FUND ME campaign to raise money for the down payment of a (new to me, used car) so that I can once again take myself to do all the things that Carolyn Garber and Diane Bowman as well as Tyler Rich (Crozet, VA) has done for me over the past half year.

*For more information on the GO FUND ME campaign, click on GO FUND ME.

IMG_3300I truly do not know how to Thank those who have helped out on this project, started by Franklin Kleckner of Charlottesville, VA. to whom I am so grateful, as I have just done everything myself in the past, trying not to rely on others to make my life go. Thusly and truly not knowing how to reach out myself and ask for help and assistance like this. However under the circumstances, there was no other choice as I could not or did not have the ability at the present to help myself.

I AM TRULY GRATEFUL TO ALL THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ME THROUGH ALL OF THIS, BOTH FRIENDS AND STRANGERS THAT HAVE FELT LED TO HELP.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS DONATED AND SUPPORTED ME IN THEIR OWN WAYS OVER THESE MANY TRYING MONTHS.

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