I came across this letter via a friends blog and it drove me to tears. Now, it may just be that Cancer has ripped our family apart and driven us to our knees in tears, but this woman has 16 month old Triplets and only wants to live in peace at home with family. I am such a crybaby. But wouldn't you be reading these kinds of stories? I just hurt for the husband who had to swallow his pride and post this.
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The letter to family and friends.
I am writing you with an urgent appeal.
As I am sure you know by now, Antonia and I are moving to Slovakia at the end of March. We are moving there so that Antonia can be close to her family as she deals with cancer. She wants this more than anything else in her life right now. She wants the security of knowing where her children will be raised – that they will be raised surrounded by her family. Her parents, grandparents, Godparents, and brother all live in the same town. Her mother and father have given us a small piece of land next to them to build a house on.
This is where I need your help. I have reached the conclusion that I can not do this alone. This past year has been difficult as we have given up everything, including our home and car, to pay for medical bills to fight Antonia’s disease. And we are still fighting. There is one thing we do have however, and that is a piece of land in Slovakia called Hope.
The bottom line: Antonia is 32 years old, battling cancer, and a mother of three children, all 16 months old. All she wants at this point in her life is to live in one small peaceful corner of the world close to her family.
I have sent this to you asking that you help raise $2500 to build a house for Antonia. The cost to build a house in Slovakia is around $75,000 from the ground up. Our goal is to do it for $50,000. And with the help of 20 volunteers raising $2500 each this can be done. The construction will be done by myself, her father and her brother.
This is my last hope of trying to create something stable and certain in Antonia’s life. Now is the time. Not 2 or 3 years from now. I feel that time is running out. Whether this feeling is founded or not, I do not know, all I know is that the feeling is real.
I have contacted Habitat for Humanity including their international office requesting assistance, but my application was denied twice. Even my repeated phone calls and emails fell on deaf ears.
So now we have reached this critical point in our lives. We know we will be sacrificing the conveniences we are used to here in America, but it is for one thing – and one thing only – and that is for Antonia to be able to raise her children next to her family.
I have one goal in my life right now and that is to provide Antonia with this wish.
I am aware that you have your own families to think about and I understand that not everyone is going to care. However, I am asking that you care just this one time.
Please help me do this for my wife.
I am asking that you call everyone you know and have them give a little. The goal of raising $2500 is doable and it can be reached. People do it all the time in raising funds for cancer walks, school & team events, Boy Scout, Girl Scout projects, etc.. This is a one-time event that does something Big. Your part actually builds a home for a family. It builds a home where two brothers and a sister can grow up laughing and playing together. But more importantly, it’s a place where a beautiful young woman called Antonia can close her eyes at night and know her children will be safe and secure surrounded by the closeness of family for years to come.
This is a moment in your life that comes around where you can look back and say, “I made a real difference in someone’s life.” “I made a real and tangible difference.” Because IT DOES. Your help is something that will last forever, as long as Antonia walks this earth, and beyond through her children.
Please write Antonia and tell her you will be one of the 20 fundraisers that will build her a home.
5 Glengyle Lane
Potomac Falls, VA 20165 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may send donations to the address above.