When i was 18 years old I met and fell in love with a man named Joe. I thought of him often over the years when lo and behold - over 30 years later I ran into his younger brother. Soon after, Joe sought me out and we bagan to see each other again.
Sadly, what I did not know, was that Joe was in the beginning phses of a manic episode. In a short period of time Joe began spending money wildly, taking risks he would never normally take, and in general, behaving completely out of the ordinary. Joe was always a generous person - much of what he did while manic was to give away large sums of money to strangers who had sad stories. He gave $2,000 to a waitress at a Waffle House who hitched rides to work every day so she could buy a car, as an example. It wasn't money that he had - it was money he had borrowed.
Joe eventiualy crashed (refusing to eat, sleep, or perform self care) and was hospitalized. He has been diagnosed with bi-polar disirder and spent three weeks in the hospital. He did not have health insurance (and we are still working on getting him health insurance) as he had lost his job. His medical bills for his three week stay was $25,000. He is wokring with a local agency and his follow up care is currently covered and he is complying with regular psychiatric visits and medication.
I am seeking enough funding to cover his past medical bills as well as a little extra for follow up care.
Joe has always been a kind and generous person. He took care of his family and friends. He coached Little League and lived an honorable life. At the age of 55 he discovered he had lost his job and his wife of 30+ years had been unfaithful - his world crumbled. At this point, he has lost all that he has worked hard for having been laid off from a financial industries job. He deserves a second chance at life and at happiness.