I talked to my dad on the phone today. It's been nearly three weeks since we spoke. At that time, he had just gotten out of the hospital due to being admitted for a "mild" stroke. He suffered a stroke a few years ago, affecting some of his memory and speech. Today I could see he's having a hard time hearing well, even though we had a good phone connection. He can't really distinguish the words I'm saying, although he's able to communicate what he wants to say. It wouldn't be so bad if I could drive over to see him so we could have a decent conversation. But Dad lives in Michigan, and I live in Hawaii. Today he mentioned that there was going to be a celebration for his 90th birthday in a couple of weeks. He sounded so excited about seeing friends and relatives. As Dad explained this upcoming, important event, I became very sad and teary-eyed. Because it's such short notice, I'm not able to take care of the necessary travel arrangements of a plane ticket, lodging, and taxi. Dad and my stepmom live in a senior living apartment, and I don't know their living situation. With a heavy heart, and some discomfort with this "11th hour fundraising process," I'm asking for your help so I can visit my Dad for his 90th birthday celebration in two weeks. Why is it important? I'm concerned because his health is declining, and time is truly fading into misty memories for him. I want to give him something wonderful to remember.