Hi, my name is Casey. About two years ago I met someone I never intended to fall for. Although I live in Australia and he lives in the US, 13,081 km's away (8128 miles) and we've only breifly had the chance to be together, I feel as though this relationship is as real as any other. We first decided to meet a year ago with the help and support of both our families and managed to scrape together enough for a return ticket for him to visit for a month. Sadly, this was a one-time opportunity as both our families have fallen on hard times and can't afford to help out anymore.
As a University student with very little money falling for someone so far was not my first choice, but I couldn't fight what my heart had already decided. We initially met online, although this method is cliche and somewhat taboo to most, as technology advances so do the possibilities of relationships. I've spent countless hours raising money doing anything and everything I could. From your typical garage sale, to pawning my most valuable items.
Our relationship has only grown stronger over the 2 years we've spent apart, making up for the distance via Facebook, constant Skype calls, texts, photos, and anything to keep our spirits and our hopes high. On the rare chances we get we also send care-packages through the mail to add a personal touch, these packages can get quite expensive with shipping costs but make recieving them more than worth it. They usually include personal items, something we each hold dear and a hand-written note.
The problem is, a few months ago he proposed and we both knew it was right. We've both been putting aside every cent we can in a savings account to eventually have enough for a plane ticket for me to fly to the US and see the man I'm in love with. But even with all my best efforts and general living costs I fall short everytime. I need to raise $1500 for a plane ticket. I know once we're finally together we can really start making steps towards our future, and by 2016 I hope to be living in the US permanently happily married. I don't see my situation as a ploy for help, but a quest for happiness.
Even if you aren't able to help financially, kind wishes and thoughtful messages are appreciated just as much. Thank you for taking the time to read this.