Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gypsy Mama Is Going To Mayo.....

Meet Gypsy Mama. She is a wife, mother of a beautiful 5 year old, and a Raw Fu Challenger. She is trying to go raw with us over at Raw Fu, despite the fact that she is about to embark on a very scary and intense 2 weeks at the Mayo Clinic. There is something wrong with Gypsy's lymphatic system, and her body is retaining fluid at an alarming rate. In a video blog recently, she disclosed that she had gained 11 pounds in a WEEK, all fluid.

Mayo has accepted her as a patient, and has told her to plan to come and stay for 2 weeks as an outpatient, so that she can be thoroughly poked, prodded, and scanned. Bunny has shared that she is very worried about Gypsy, since she has been recently complaining of having a high fever. It is really important that she gets to Mayo on August 26th!

One thing that insurance and Mayo do not cover is housing for outpatients. So, Gypsy is going to have to stay in a hotel for 2 full weeks. Her son and husband are worried sick about her, and will not let her go alone, of course! The cheapest place they have found to stay near Mayo is $47/night. So, housing alone for the trip is going to cost close to $700, not to mention the cost of them trying to find healthy food to eat while on the road. With limited funds, you can imagine how stressful this must be.

Gypsy set up a website at www.NoahsCloset.com, and is trying to sell a few things out of her house to raise money to help them pay for their hotel stay. So, please check that out.

BUT, after talking with Bunny, I agree that Gypsy doesn't need to be worrying about hosting an online garage sale as she is getting ready for her trip to Mayo, so Bunny has decided to Pay It Forward, and try to collect enough money to cover as much of her housing costs as possible.

As a side note, I must tell you that Bunny really wanted to use ALL of the money that has been raised for her new kitchen and give to Gypsy, but I told her that we should just try to raise money first before dipping into the funds that the Raw Fu community has so graciously donated out of their love for all that she has put into this site. Sooooo, Bunny and I have agreed to kick off the Gypsy's Club Mayo Fund with a donation of $150 each......sorry, Gypsy, maybe next time it'll be a trip to Club Med!

Our HEALTH is so important, and I think we all know women like Gypsy. Women who give and give, and never take the time to take care of themselves. That's what mother's do, isn't it? Brother, can you spare a dime?

Just click here if you'd like to help a sister out.

God Bless us everyone.


LittleGirl l BIG VOICE said...

Penni, you are like the raw fairy godmother!!! Thank God we have strong women like you who delight in making, "impossible things happen every day!"

Uza said...

Very well said . . fairy godmother.

I've put forth what I could and hope everyone pulls together to help. This is one of the things that makes Raw Fu a COMMUNITY rather than just another website.

Thank you Penni & Bunny . . . .

LolaBloom said...

Lovely that you two stepped up in this way to help and make us all aware so that we too could help our fellow RawFu-er.

Fairy Godmother is right!

Hugs to you PenPen!

Anonymous said...

Hey sweet Penni! So sorry I have been offline for the past few weeks :) I just read this post and I just sent her another donation through your link here. I will be praying for great news, compassionate care and a sense of peace and not fear.