I imagine many blog readers are familiar with Colleen as Mural Maker. Through no fault of their own, she and her family, are in dire straits Her husband Marlon was fighting to right a wrong done to them when a heartless person committed a fraudulent act that led to near financial ruin for this loving couple. During much of this time they had lived separately, each caring for their aging mothers in their own homes until they were no longer needed there, spending time together as much as possible while caring for their 4 year old grandson. A glimmer of light appeared on the financial horizon and then the unthinkable happened. Marlon suffered an aortic tear. John Ritter’s life was taken by the same medical tragedy. But Marlon didn’t die instantly. He had numerous surgeries, ICU times, etc. before he lost his battle. This photo is obviously of the family in happier times.
Marlon had been Colleen’s best friend, always her go-to guy when she needed something; now he was gone. And on top of the regular bills, the enormous medical bills and funeral bills added to that burden. She was, and is, devastated.
Amidst all the hands outreached for money, Colleen has one that presents a more pressing need. She suffered a debilitating back injury years ago, which still requires medical treatments so she can endure the pain. At this point, I think you understand that her need for funds to pay the bills and just simply survive (until she can get back on her feet) are unimaginable.
Colleen would never ask for herself but she has great friends like A Pretty Handy Girl who learned of her need and are asking on her behalf. Please go there for the details.
A Friends of Colleen Jorgensen Fundraising Page has been set up with Rally.org (a unique site for helping people fund raise for their causes.) All the money raised will go directly to Colleen. Payments can be made with credit card or eCheck. And all your information and the amount you donated is kept private.
The blogging community (and beyond we hope) want to help Colleen out as much and as soon as possible. I can’t imagine losing my husband. Then to have all the rest…. I can imagine chronic pain because I live it. She needs to continue to care for herself. You know the saying “Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” It’s so true. Let’s help her keep her lifeline going, please?