Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Can you help?

I am posting this on behalf of Kory's step-sister. Please help if you can....

Dear friends and family,

I am writing to ask for your help. As most of you know, I lost a very good friend of mine, Christine Folsom, to cancer in December. Although Christine battled uterine cancer for over a year, an infection took her very quickly and unexpectedly the day after my birthday.
Christine spent many years of her life in foster care and was adopted by a childless couple who have both passed away. Because of her own experience, it was her greatest joy to adopt two boys out of the foster care system as a single mom. Christine and I bonded over her daily adventures and trials with Marquan, age 10, and Darion, age 7. Those three were a very faith based, tight knit family. The boys were completely unprepared for Christine's death and within a matter of days they lost their mom, their home and their pet. The boys now live with Tony & Elida Lapetina, good friends of Christine's, but their cat had to go live with other friends (the Lapetina's dog was unwilling to share his space!).
Christine chose for the boys to attend Concordia Lutheran School, a small faith based school here in Racine. As I went to the school the day after Christine died to speak to the principal, staff came pouring out of their classrooms to ask about the boys. I was also asked to speak to each of the boys' classrooms and their classmates had many questions about how the boys were doing. They made dozens of cards and most of the school attended the funeral. This is the only remaining constant in their lives and clearly a loving learning environment for them.
My goal, and Christine's wish, is for them to continue at Concordia until they graduate 8th grade. However, the tuition runs over $6000/year for the both of them. Due to medical expenses running more than $1000/month for much of 2008, Christine was not able to leave a large estate for the boys. Tony and Elida are also committed to the boys continuing at Concordia, and while both work full-time (he at Juvenile Detention and she at Boston Store), they are on a budget with the boys and their own two daughters to raise.
Therefore, a small group of us is hosting a benefit mostacolli dinner on March 14th from 1-4pm at Infusino's. Tickets are $15 each and there will be a silent auction also. I am appealing for my friends and family to help me raise as much money as we can for Marquan and Darion's education. If you cannot attend the dinner, we are accepting straight donations also. We were able to set up a tax deductible account at Educators Credit Union utilizing the school's non-profit number. Checks should be written out to the Folsom Boys Education Fund and put the account number (129212) on the memo line. Your check can count as a receipt, although I will also get receipts for all checks I receive and deposit. My address is: 5702 Cambridge Lane, Racine, Wi 53406.
I know times are tight for all of us, but I'm asking for each of us to think about giving up one lunch out or a couple of beers or a couple days worth of Starbucks. Every dollar will benefit the future of Marquan and Darion.
Thank you all so much!
Love, Liz

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