Some time back, I’m thinking about eight months ago, I quietly added a way for people to subscribe to monthly donations to Ryan’s Special Needs Trust Fund. You can see it in the sidebar (to the right of this post) or on the home page of the website. I was hopeful that many would notice it and decide to take part, without me having to point it out. Honestly, it hurts my pride — to the core — to constantly ask for financial help and I try not to do it unless it’s dire. Some have signed on. As of today, Ryan receives a total of $185 each month ($2,220 annually) from this program.
It helps. A lot. Knowing these funds are (mostly) steady goes a long way to budgeting. It lessens the burden and anxiety of wondering how we’ll keep Ryan’s care and treatment going strong. Each time a monthly contribution comes in I receive an email alert. I even assigned a special tone to these PayPal messages when they hit my inbox. I immediately tell Ryan the name of the person who is looking after him and thank this person, out loud, to Ryan. It’s just like everything people do for us, in that I tell Ryan and give thanks.
Most of you already know that I name product donations after the people who give them. I even do this with every pill — every time — that someone bought for us. When many give for a cause, say the RT300 FES cycle, I think of them collectively. I have a mental image, like an elementary school class photo, that I can see in my mind’s eye. This all started early on at Shepherd Center (Atlanta) when a women brought us ice packs to control Ryan’s fevers. I called them “Stacy Packs” and the naming convention has stayed with us ever since. For the monthly financial contributions, I make the day in that person’s (or people’s) honor. People might think this is silly, but not to me.
My days are filled with thanks and remembrance. Knowing so many care is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going. So many love Ryan. They respect all he overcame and endured. His perseverance and unyielding determination. Someday, I hope he knows this as I do now.
Okay, back to the PayPal monthly recurring contributions… this is my completely unveiled and transparent attempt to remind readers that this is available (I’m not much of a salesman, being “real and raw” like I am) and to keep it in mind if the opportunity ever presents itself. Every
dollar penny is maximized toward Ryan’s care and treatment. I’m an ogre of a miser about that. There’s no salaries to pay. There’s no administrative costs. There’s no overhead to cover. It’s 100% Ryan’s, 100% of the time. The way I see it, if you pledge your money (be it directly or through products), then I pledge to being the best financial steward possible.
So, hopefully I did well and some might even start now? The “subscribe” button is in the right sidebar of this page. Just so you know, there is no cost to set up a PayPal account. Also, you can unsubscribe (stop) monthly contributions any time you need or want (but I hope that doesn’t happen). It’s really easy. It can be done by clicking the “unsubscribe” button on this website or directly through your own PayPal account. Also, you will receive an electronic receipt (via email) each month to remind you.
One more thing. I just added the total current monthly contribution amount to the sidebar (and home page) so that everyone can quickly see it. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner! I thought about setting a goal, but the simple truth is I’m grateful if just one more person signs on.