We are raising money for our parents.
My father’s been sick for quite some time, but my sister Michelle and I have only recently found out that he has Stage IV lung cancer. Before he got sick, he worked long hours as an automechanic and was the main provider for the family. Our mother has been struggling to pay the bills while also caring for him. Thankfully, Medi-Cal is covering the medical expenses, but we need financial assistance so that we can focus on caring for Dad and for ourselves during this difficult time. The goal amount of$10,000 is a modest short-term one that will help us cover income and property taxes and one month of mortgage. Please help us meet this goal by April 7 so we have at least a week to receive the payments before Tax Day on April 15. However, this campaign will remain live to receive donations indefinitely as we foresee difficulties far into the future. Every bit counts. If you are able, please help and spread the word.
Both of our parents are immigrants from Viet Nam who met here in California after fleeing their home country. Our father had joined the army at 18 and was subsequently imprisoned by the Viet Cong for 11 years before he was freed and able to come here. Our mother got out of work one day in 1983, got on a fishing boat with 70 other people, and spent the next year on the water and in refugee camps. Neither parent fully recovered from those experiences. Once I was old enough to decide, I chose to study psychology with the hope that I may better understand them and people like them, and help improve their quality of life. Our mother always encouraged us to focus on school while they struggled silently. I am here to admit that as I am still a student, I am unable to help relieve them of the constant financial burden and extreme levels of anxiety. I often feel extremely useless and detrimental to my parents’ well-being. The only thing that has kept me going all these years is the love from all of my wonderful teachers and friends I’ve made. So as much as my sister and I feel uncomfortable asking for help, after trying to keep it together for so long, we want to put our trust in the people who have given us reasons to continue to live and learn.
I am currently in my final semester of the music therapy certification equivalency program at the University of the Pacific. My sister is in her final year as a UCLA undergraduate. We don’t have much, but we can make things. If there is anything we can give in return for your generous donations (pastel pencil portraits, music, makeup tips, perfumes, fridge magnets, cookies, etc.) please let me know. And please share this page with your circles as you see fit.Thank you.Everyone! Michelle’s an old classmate from high school and her family really needs help right now. Please click on the link & if you can, help her out. Reblogs are also appreciated!