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Help 88 yr old Aunt Mary who was left Destitute ...

Organized by: Lisa Battista

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On July 8th, 2015, my cousin, August J. Alby had a massive stroke while in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (where is was staying with his girfriend).  Although the hospital was almost across the street, there was nothing they could do for him and he was put on a ventilator.  That ventilater was removed on July 16, 2015 and Augie died immediately leaving behind his 88 year old mother.

My Aunt Mary lives alone and as you can imagine since she's 88, she's a bit forgetful at times.  In fact, I'm afraid she may be headed towards alzheimers.  To make matters worse, 2 weeks before Augie died, she fell, broker her hip, was in the hospital, then rehab for several weeks.  She's home now but has to use a walker to get around and will not go out of the house.

So why am I setting up this fund for her?  Because her son left her destitute. Although in her mind he was the best son ever, what she didn't know was he was robbing her blind for many years. Do a Google search on his name and you'll understand more about the terrible person he was.  No one should do to anyone, let alone their mother, what he did to her.  Here's a few examples:

- took a reverse mortgage on her condo that she's lived in for 40+ years  and took all the equity ($291,000)

- Sold all her jewlery

- Turned off her phone and cut her off from friends and family

- Took equity out of insurance policies

- Every month he  told her he was taking money out of her account (she only gets Social Security) to pay bills, but he wasn't paying them and she is severely behind in taxes, condo maintenance fees, electric bill, phone, cable, special condo assessment fees, etc.

- Sold a parking spot at her condo that landed her in a lawsuit with the condo association to the tune of $8000, that she has to pay now

- Filled out numerous credit card applications in her name, maxed each one out, then never paid any of them.  Yep - another law suit she has pending

I could go on but I think you get the idea.  This poor woman doesn't know most of what's going on and the little bit she does know has spiked her blood pressure so high (157/101).

Although I listed $25,000 as the goal, that will only make a dent in what is needed to get her out of this mess her son has gotten her into. Right now my main goal is to help her pay what she needs to so she can stay in her home while she grieves for her son. I'm still working on a longer term solution but don't have that figure out just yet. I would like to get her a companion for some of the time so she is not all alone all day long.  She's depressed as it is with the death of her son, she can't get out of the condo, and she knows she has some overdue bills (she does not know the extent of the whole mess).  Even worse, she is blaming herself thinking she forgot to pay them when the reality is, he took her check book so she couldn't pay them.

Please think about donating to my Aunt Mary.  No one should have to be near the end of their life and discover they have been robbed by their own son. Every dollar will no matter if it's only $10.  I appreciate anything you can contribute.  Thank you.


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Lisa Battista

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