Making Memories

Sarah Bradbury Start Date: Jun 1, 2017 - End Date: May 31, 2018
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  • Montana, United States of America
  • Wyoming, United States of America
  • South Dakota, United States of America
  • Colorado, United States of America
  • Salem, United States
  • Boston, United States

My Travel Story

by: Sarah Bradbury Start Date: Jun 1, 2017 - End Date: May 31, 2018
I first started this campaign because I really wanted to complete a Road Trip around several different states in the US Midwest; since then though, life has thrown a major curve ball and a much beloved family dog has been taken ill (she is not fixable so we will not have her with us for much longer). As a result of this, I have decided my Mum is far more important than I am - she is with the dog all day, every day, and has put her life on hold for the 10 years she's been part of our life, refusing to travel anywhere as she didn't trust anyone to look after the dog for us.

A few years ago she discovered she has family on the East Coast of the USA; no matter how many times we have tried to get her to go, she's refused - all because of the dog. In a few weeks she won't have the dog to use as an excuse any more, so my brother and I can now hassle her to get out there, and meet the family she never knew (and always dreamed of). At 72 years of age it would be wonderful for her to finally meet her relatives.

Due to massive vet bills, we've had to beg, borrow, and remortgage (don't ever bother with pet insurance for they will screw you over left, right and centre) so there is no money for her to travel.

That is why this page is no longer about me. It is now about my Mum and giving her (not only the chance to meet family she never knew about) but also it will give her something to look forward too, hopefully taking her mind off the pain she will be feeling when the dog's time finally comes
  • United States of America
  • Montana, United States of America
  • Wyoming, United States of America
  • South Dakota, United States of America
  • Colorado, United States of America
  • Salem, United States
  • Boston, United States

Updates

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  • It's All Getting Real Now :)

    It's all getting real now :)
    Rather than sitting back, hoping (always hoping) someone is going to come across this and be kind enough to donate the whole amount in one go (you've no idea how amazing that would be) I've also been doing my bit and have been selling off stuff I no longer need (I used to have my own place that was full of stuff - when I moved back into the family home that stuff all went up into the attic where it's stayed for way too many years). I figured as I am likely to be here for many years to come, it was time to sell some bits and bobs.

    This morning I had a total up and am so chuffed to discover if I do this trip as a foursome (that's taking both kids as I would love to) then I am 10.05% of the way to raising the total amount needed; if, for some reason, there ends up just being 2 of us, then I am 13.93% of the way (I have a feeling my nephew will pull out at which point the friend who may (may not) be joining us would also be a no-show as he doesn't like to travel in threes - however, if he did decide he wanted to come he'd need to then only find his flight money as the rest is accounted for in the fundraising).

    I always knew this would happen. We will make this trip possible :)
  • Results

    ​I finally got the results of my mammogram back today - after hearing the last words the radiographer said to me about being "definitely called back" where she proceeded to make out there was a problem (and because I'd found the lump earlier in the year) I can't tell you how relieved I was to finally get a letter saying everything was "normal". It arrived 5 days later than it should but I'll take that any day. I know how lucky I am to have received the "all-clear" today (there will be women up and down the country who have not as lucky).
    Rather than rest on my laurels though and think about how very lucky I have been, it's actually made me even more determined to push forward with the fund raising efforts. Just because I got lucky this time, doesn't mean I will do next time. Life is short; we have to do all we can to make it what we want it to be, when we can.
    My heart goes out to all those ladies (and gents) who have not received such good news this week.