Alice's dream wedding
Organized by: david boggs
My wife Alice is one of the most remarkable people you will ever know. When she was born, her mother placed her in a foster home and left her. Alice grew up thinking that these were her parents. They were good and decent people. The arrangement was never legal, and when she was 6 years old, her mother returned, remarried, and took Alice away from the only family she had ever known. The nightmare was just beginning. Not long after moving in to her new home the abuse began. Alice was abused by her mother and stepfather along with their friends until she was placed in boarding school at 14. Abused in every way you can imagine and in some I hope you can't. It's a miracle she survived. Her stepfather got transferred to Saudi Arabia and his company would pay for boarding school, so Alice was dropped off at 14 to the place that would be her home from that moment forward. It saved her life, but at 14 she was ripped away from family and abandoned again. When she graduated, they did not come. They did not call or send money, she was on her own. I rented her an apartment and one of her dorm mother's husbands got her a job at the bank he worked for. So while all the other kids were enjoying their summer and planning for college, Alice went to work. She walked 10 blocks to the bus stop and then rode the bus for an hour to get to work. She worked hard 6 days a week and we finally got a house 3 years later. We got married at the courthouse in 1983 on our lunch breaks so that she could get on my health insurance. Just a quick formality and back to work. No one was there, no honeymoon, it was all we could afford. We had our son Evan in 1986 and our daughter Chelsea in 1989. Chelsea was bi-polar and I say was because on April 20, 2015 she committed suicide. We were not even close to trying to deal with her death when Alice was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in October. The disease is getting worse and she will start chemo next week. Doctors are not talking about a cure, only about more time. When she was in the hospital the last time, she ask me if I was going to get remarried when she died. So what I want to do is give her the wedding she never had, and do it as a surprise. She has a cousin and aunt in Germany and friends across the country and I want to bring them all together to give her what she never had. No one deserves this more, but I am going to need help. Her medical bills and the fact that she hasn't been able to work for health reasons other than the cancer for the last 8 years have put us in a money bind. So I'm asking anyone who should happen to read this, if you are able to contribute anything toward this I am eternally grateful. I'm having to take off a lot of time for her medical treatments, and being able to work and pay bills is a challenge. I thank you in advance for anything you may be able to do. I am working relentlessly trying to pull this off as time is of the essence. God bless you.