When Daniel and I arrived there was a line outside of the door wrapping outside of the building. It brought tears to my eyes to see that many people in my uncle's community came out to support him. The tickets were $30 a piece and there were families of 5 there, who paid $150 to come to a local 4H park for a buffet dinner. It meant a lot to me and I know it meant a lot to Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Glenn. In the advanced stages of ALS the average cost of care for an ALS patient can be $200,000 a year. Uncle Glenn now needs a nurse to be with him while my Aunt Bonnie is at work (that nurse costs $40 an hour). Unfortunately Aunt Bonnie can't quite her job, because she has excellent insurance. Even the insurance though only covers a portion of the costs. They didn't cover the new wheelchair Uncle Glenn needs, that wheelchair costs $30,000. Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Glenn had a decent nest egg in their savings, but their savings is quickly being depleted.
|These programs were on the table as we walked in|
|There also was a silent auction with various items to bet on|
|This was our table, my great uncle, my grandfather (my dad's father), my dad's cousin, my dad and family friends sat there.|
|This is my girl, Darby. She's Uncle Glenn's youngest granddaughter (my cousin, Allan's daughter). Darby had a soccer game in NJ (where they live) earlier in the day, left the soccer game and came to the benefit.|
|Here's Darby's oldest sister, Emma (who also had a soccer game that day) and Darby's cousin, Uncle Glenn's second to oldest granddaughter, and my cousin, Connie's daughter, Morgan (Morgan and her family came from the Philly area)|
|Uncle Glenn hates being the center of attention. You can see him at the end of the table.|