Saving my family from losing everything.Two weeks ago though, my stepfather, who is the soul provider right now, got sick. We figured it’d be okay. But then a few days ago, it got worse. We rushed him to the ER and they told us he has an infection in both his feet. After they did some tests, we found out that the infection is MRSA.Brad is diabetic and unfortunately, his body has trouble fighting off infections. They tried a strong course of antibiotics and it was helping but not enough and not fast enough. Last night, he had to have surgery. They amputated a toe on one foot and had to reopen an incision on the other from where they’d taken two others last year. They scrapped the infected bone away and hopefully that will save them from having to take more of the foot.Brad works on a family farm with his brother. They milk cows and sell the milk to a local factory to make into cheese. Because of the surgery, his brother Barry has to hire help to take care of things. Barry has to use the money Brad usually receives to pay the help. It’ll be at least 6 weeks, if not longer before Brad can even think of going back to work.We now will be living off of his $600 social security and the little bit of food stamps we qualify for. We have a $200 light bill, an internet bill, a cable bill, a phone bill, gas expenses since we live 15 miles from the nearest town and 30 miles from the hospital Brad is in.I hate asking for help but we really need it. Even if its only a dollar or two…any thing helps. Even a reblog helps.
Most of you have probably already read this, but this is so, so important. I think it’s a damn shame that the name of the Aurora shooter or the marathon bombers is common knowledge but not the name of this brave young man.
His father said that, “He made his mother cry, but he saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
I can’t imagine such pure selflessness. I remember when I was 15, and I couldn’t have done something like this. I don’t think I’m even this selfless now.
Young heroes like Aitzaz and Malala give me hope for Pakistan, and the world. They’re the change that we need. They’re the people who you should judge Islam by, not the extremists. I know I don’t have that many followers, but please, for anyone who reads this today, spare a moment to think about this young hero and his grieving family.