Mom who wants to help her son, Ryan, go to College

I am a Mom. I am a Mom that has three great, no….make that awesome kids! I am a Mom that always intended to help her children achieve their dreams as much as possible. I am just like many other Moms. Actually, I am not just like many other Moms. Let me tell you why….

Currently I am 45 years old and I hope to see 50, but there is not a guarantee. Reason being, almost two years ago, I was diagnosed with Corticobasal Ganglionic Degeneration. It is an uncommon degenerative neurological disorder that is not curable and most people live only 5-10 years from onset of symptoms. CBGD is not a fun disease and symptoms include numerous horrible things such as alien limb syndrome, dystonia, walking and balance difficulties, muscle pain, speech issues……and more.

Since I was 17, working has been my middle name. At times, I even worked 1 ½ jobs to make ends meet. College was important to me and I made sure to put myself through school. While I went to College full-time, I also worked full-time to help pay my tuition. I worked long hours and always gave 150%, until April of 2014. My doctors wanted me to stop working prior to then, but I wanted to work as long as possible especially since I knew my son, Ryan Price, was going to start College in August, 2015. At the time, sacrificing myself was worth it if it meant financially helping my family as long as possible. Ultimately, I worked myself way too hard and all I managed to do was speed up my illness and end up in the ER with my doctors, husband and kids telling me that I was decreasing my time with my family by pushing my body beyond breaking. I stopped working which was so hard to do and I still have trouble to this day with coming to terms of not being able to have a job and feel like I am contributing.

Enough about me. This fundraiser is for my son, Ryan, not myself. The reason I have told you about my situation is so you can better understand when I admit I have failed. Failed as a Mother. I know that many would tell me that is not the case since my kids are truly great, very compassionate, caring, smart and talented, especially Ryan. The reason I feel that I have failed, I cannot financially help him achieve his life’s ambition to attend College this Fall. Perhaps, my last big achievement. I did not want him to struggle and stress to find ways on how to pay for College or if he can even afford to go. I failed to make this simple and fun for him. I failed by making him not only wonder if he will ever go to the College of his dreams or at all, but also the unnerving question of how long I will be around for him. I have failed to be his safety net.

Ryan Price is graduating High School in June, 2015. There are so many great qualities that I could recite, like most Moms, but he really is a good kid. Don’t get me wrong, he is not perfect and I have the typical battles regarding cleaning his room and taking out the trash. Regardless, Ryan is a loving son, awesome big brother, loyal friend, smart, funny with his dry sense of humor and quick wit, compassionate with animals (especially dogs and has even volunteered with animal groups) and very talented when it comes to computers. In fact, he wants to attend College to become a computer programmer and he has already proven himself highly skilled and capable by taking courses over the past couple of years while doing very well academically with programming classes. He lives for computers. Programming is his passion and his ambition. It is his goal. His, as I say, “computer, math and science brain” just clicks with it all and coding completely makes sense to him while I go cross-eyed as he attempts to explain it to me even in the simplest of terms. Plus, let’s face it, his handwriting is atrocious, so he needs to work in computers.

Financially, our life has completely turned upside down. Don’t get me wrong, we are making ends meet, but no extras. We have cut every possible corner, save as we can and creatively as trimmed down our bills while supporting a family of 5. It is still nowhere near enough to send him to College. Since our income has been drastically cut due to my inability to work and continual medical expenses, I felt the need to start thinking outside the box in order to right my wrong. It is now time to swallow my pride and humbly admit we need help (and you have no idea how hard it is for me to ever ask for help, seriously) with finding ways to raise the funds Ryan needs in order to be able to fulfill his dreams of attending the College he so desperately wants to attend and has already been accepted to start this Fall. Above all, I want him to be able to enjoy it. I want it to be his safe haven where he can focus on the beginning of the rest of his life while having fun. My illness will eventually punish him enough by losing me, but he should not be punished in the meantime by not being able to go to the College that he has worked so hard the past few years to attend.

He has been trying to raise money already. Ryan has applied for many scholarships, but none have been granted. Because of our predicament, he is having trouble getting student loans and has been denied which has done nothing but increase the desperation. Unfortunately, Pell Grants are not an option for him and he was turned down. Options are dwindling quickly.

Ryan’s dream has now become my dream, for him to attend College and hopefully, I will be able to watch him graduate. Even if I am not able to see him graduate, it would make me so proud and rest peacefully to know he was well on the road to success and beginning the career he has fought for and more than deserves.

ALL funds will be strictly used for his College tuition, campus living expenses, books and school supplies. Every penny will be for College. The initial $35,000 is what he still needs for his first year in order to attend. Ultimately, he needs approximately $120,000 to complete his degree. Any amount will be very much appreciated and help a deserving young man smile a little bigger.

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Thank you.


Calling all donations!! Please Help!


Calling all donations!!! My cancer walk is this Sunday, November 2nd, so time is running out. If you can please donate, even $5.00 would be awesome!! I am really hoping to hit $1,500.00 and I need just $440.00 more to hit that goal. Won’t you help me out? I am doing the walk in honor of my mom who passed away from colon cancer in 2012. Take a look at my page and help, thanks!!


A Heinous Crime

While the family innocently slumbered in their warm beds, unbeknownst to them all, a heinous crime was being committed during the twilight hours in another part of their dwellings.

Upon wakening in the early Saturday hours, the amazing Mom stumbled out of bed, rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she staggered out of her room…….and into a crime scene!!! Dun Dun Dunnnn……….

EEEK!! *faint* The Horror!!*sigh* When will the violence END?! *shudder*

Even though no body has been recovered as of yet, the ample signs of violence was all the proof the wonderful mom needed in order to realize that yes, a wrongful death has once again taken place. Never fear, as you read this, a search is on to locate the remains and lay them to rest.

In any case, due to the overwhelming evidence, four suspects are currently in custody. One even decided to independently admit herself to the clink, though I have a hunch she is not the mastermind behind this event of terror. Framed to take the fall. I am sure she is being used to throw me off the trail. Another victim, if you will. Oh, shredder of squeakies, whoever you are, you are good. But, not as good as me.

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I WILL find out who did this! No one dies in vain in my house! There will be JUSTICE!

WAIT! Hold the phone! Stop the presses! There has been a report of a sighting of the possible victim’s body. I am quickly heading over there now and……..


P.E.T.R.A!!!! (said with pure disdain)! I should have known it was YOUUUUU! The guilty always return to the scene of the crime and this time, you even brought the souvenir. The body. Case solved. Poor Mr. Blue Crab. You did not deserve such a torturous end.

Ohhhh Petra (sob, cry), I thought you were raised so much better than that (sniff).

Wait! OMG! Is that….could it be……..SAY IT ISN’T SOOOO!!! PETTRRAAAAA……..NNNOOOOOOOOOO!


Ohhhh, how could you?! It is not just one victim that fell upon your cruel and evil ways. During her feeble attempt to hide the limp remains of Mr. Crab, Petra was unaware that she ultimately revealed the true devastation. Sadly, horrifically, I am speechless *gasp* I have uncovered a mass murder. I better go. This crime scene needs to be taped off. Back-up is being called in. I cannot collect the evidence and secure this area alone. It will take hours to perform autopsies and see which parts belong with which innocent life lost. Wait! Maybe someone can still yet be saved?! Stand back, I am certified in BLS (bring life to stuffies)!

BTW- Incase you were wondering why the mom that is perfection was awake at such an early hour, she was making sure her son was up in time for his SATs. You will have to check out that post to learn more about that!