Crohn’s Disease Survivor& EMT Finds it Hard to Ask for Help
What are you raising funds for?:
My finances while attending the police academy
About 9 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I never took my disease very seriously until about 4 years ago when it almost killed me. At that time I was in the middle of attending the police academy. I started getting a flare up and I ignored it. The final breaking point was when I needed to be transported to the hospital via ambulance when i passed out running. I spent almost a month in the hospital, and had to drop out of the police academy.
For about two years I was in an out of the hospital trying to beat my disease. This February will be two years that I have been in remission. Thankfully for me I was given a second chance and offered another position at the police department. Since i had already started an academy and had to drop out 4 years ago I no longer qualify for the city to pay for me to attend the second time. Instead of passing on this opportunity I decided that I would fund the academy myself, and work my way through the academy in order to fulfill my dream of becoming an officer.
Right now I work 80-90 hours a week at my EMT job in hopes of saving money for when I am at the academy. My wife is disabled and unable to contribute to working very many hours a week. My fear is that I am going to overwork myself and will have yet another flare up which could put me back in the hospital and take away my dream job forever.
What is your Fundraising goal?:
$5000 to cover cost of academy and help towards rent while I am there
Where do we go to make donations?
Start/End dates for your campaign?:
Jan. 28-April 28
Give us more details about your fundraiser:
I went to the academy 4 years ago and had to drop out due to my Crohn’s disease. Since I dropped out 4 years ago when I was hospitalized I no longer qualify to have the department pay for me to attend. It has always been my dream to work as a police OFFICER, AND SADLY THIS IS THE ONLY WAY i CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
Tell us why we should give to your campaign:
I find it very difficult asking for help. But I am very grateful that there are people like you out there willing to help. However, in an effort to pay it forward, after my academy is over and I am on the job making money from working shifts and details I promise to match ALL of your donations that I received. I will make it my personal goal over this summerto donate the same amount you donated to me in your name and contact info to other peoples GoFundMe page. Or if you want to choose who I should pay it forward to then please mention it in the donation comment.