Health/Financial issues at a tipping point Joseph Lenard

Dear Friends and to whom it may concern..

I don’t really know what to say, how to word it, so I’m just going to lay it out raw (probably somewhat rambling)! I have been on SSDI and MediCare since 2004 (several Health Issues, piled upon each other) and not working and barely getting by (but, yes, thankfully, far better than some who are literally out on the Streets, I have been able, thus far, to keep a Roof over my Head)(also my Sister has her own Health and Financial issues and therefore can’t assist plus we are dealing with my Mother and Dementia (with all the Emotional and Financial stress/strain/concerns (short and long term) that is causing)). Beyond saying that, I’m just gonna cut/paste (then edit to expound a bit) my final comment in response to a Facebook Post I made about my Car needing to be back in the Shop.

I hate to do this, but have little option but to ask for Aid (more detailed reasons) via this GoFundMe ( request. Anything anyone can do is greatly appreciated and hopefully your generosity will be rewarded ten-fold by God’s Grace! Thankfully I’ve been able to stay out of the Hospital and not having had Hospital Bills to pay off (as I had for years following my Leukemia Care racked up several thousand dollars in debt) and appreciate Thoughts and Prayers that I can avoid another major scare (though, I have been recently diagnosed with a Heart Valve issue that will eventually require Surgery which will then be a whole other ordeal)!

I have tried to be a Caring and Giving person over my Lifetime (frankly, my personal Christian duty), to Others and Charities while I was working, so now have to swallow my Pride and ask for Charity (hopefully some KARMA) in return now. And, few of you know, and I am hesitant to mention this out of fear for some my question my motives in doing so but a Friend suggested that I include this… I have been in the works with PASTOR RICK DEITERING (WAAM Radio) to put together a Charity Fundraiser (that will become annual WAAM telethon) for SUICIDE PREVENTION (in conjunction with American Foundation for Prevention of Suicide Michigan Chapter) that will likely Air (via WAAM, FacebookLive, and any other delivery method we can work out) sometime starting Spring 2020 (so I am right now working toward this event to raise funds for others in need that I will be hoping you may be Charitable toward when the time comes), so I really feel bad/strange to have to ask others for my own need)! 🙁

And, obviously, I greatly appreciate if you can/will share this with others!

For those reading this shortened summary via SocialMedia (#GoFundMe, #GoFundMeDonations, #Charity, tagged) Post, please see the GoFundMe link for more information (!

[My dear Friends, thank you so much for your responses and concerns, but indeed it is the WORST POSSIBLE NEWS:
They tried to talk me out of the last repairs we did, saying it wasn’t worth putting the money into it (but I had no choice then and am in the same desperate zero options now).

The coolant leak issue can’t be fixed cuz parts are discontinued and no longer available (that is something I’ve lived with for some time and will have to just keep adding Coolant as needed going forward (about once a week) until I can raise funds for another Vehicle (more on that later).
They will indeed have to pull the Gas tank to replace a dead Fuel Pump (and something about the straps so rusty they will need replacement to put Gas Tank back onto Car) and with it say they will need to replace the old Fuel Lines and the like for fear of Fire hazard. Looking at about $1,000.

They DO NOT EVEN really want to fix the car (again this time, saying it really isn’t worth putting the money into but I have to have it (to at least be able to get back and forth to/from Mothers (she has Dementia, as I mentioned, and I go there daily to help my Sister with Her (she is Living in with her))) until I can get help to get a different Vehicle) cuz as they say the Frame is so bad they don’t really consider the Vehicle very safe and are concerned for my Safety on these bad Michigan Roads (and the car will likely disintegrate if in an Accident – let alone the likelihood, due to it being so old and beaten (180k miles), that other breakdown is likely at any point in the near future and therefore requiring yet more bad money after bad (the car has had like 6 different (some small, small large) repair jobs over just the last 3 years and every time we keep thinking/hoping/praying that would be that last need for it to be in the shop for any reason but have to face reality that this Car is just beyond its safely usable/maintainable timeframe).

But, again, I have zero option but to band-aid this back on the Road again for now and reach out via GOFUNDME to beg and plead my Friends (and Strangers, which I hate to do, as I have been on SSDI since 2004 and zero savings (my Sister has Health and Financial issues of her own and can’t help and as I mentioned we are struggling dealing with my Mother’s Health (Dementia) and the Financial strain that is causing)) to help me raise at least $3K for hopefully a reasonably reliable different Car (that hopefully won’t land up having its own new set of issues (unless anyone knows someone with the ultra-rare occurrence of the little old man/lady local use only near perfect vehicle they are willing to part with for even less than that).

It was last Fall (Nov 2018 I think) that I had to rely on my Friends then for $1,500 Major Car Repairs Bill that people were kind enough to help me raise via Facebook Fundraiser. I do NOT want to ask for funds for this repair job knowing I’m going to have to try and raise like $3k (the more, obviously, the better for the highest quality vehicle I can get (as it is going to have to do me/us for a Decade+) via GoFundMe to get another vehicle so will have to run up my Emergency Use only Credit Card (Thank God that is at least available for this immediate Emergency) and then figure out along the way, cutting corners, to work on paying that back down.

The only way I’ll be able to get another Car is with Cash (as raised by your generosity) as a Loan, even a small one, if I could even get one (with my Financial state, would likely only be Financed by the RipOff ultra high interest outlets running up the cost likely beyond what I can work) would be a major burden on my meager Budget availability and doing so would require that I carry Full Vehicle Coverage and (obviously) another higher monthly cost I can’t fit in over the small sum for PL/PD (minimum for Personal Liability as required by Michigan Law) to allow me to have a Vehicle on the Road.]

If you are affiliated with a Car Dealership or know someone that is that may also be able to help on the COST OF VEHICLE side of things, would appreciate anyone that cares to reach out. Or, if you are Personally shopping for a New Car now (while Dealer incentives, or year end closeout deals, exist) and have a good/reliable vehicle that you were going to Trade-in that I/we could potentially purchase from you instead late Jan or Feb (may take that long to get up the Funds)?!?!

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