Help me keep the dream alive... Please read update at the top of my story.
Organized by: John Kempel
Stuck in a rut
September 12, 2017
UPDATE - I started this fundraiser last September, a little over 4100.00 was raised then. It was used along with selling everything we own to get a truck and travel trailer, so the funds showing are long gone.
We have been on the road since January 2017. In that time I have had to replace the engine in the truck along with the fuel injection system and every sensor and ignition part. We also inherited our 3 year old grand daughter in June.It has been a tough year but we were doing it.
On Sept 5th of 2017 I was returning to Ohio from a doctor appt in Missouri and the transmission went out on the truck. I made my way back to Ohio, the truck was left in Missouri and towed to family's property.
I restarted this fundraiser but think there has been some confusion as to how much had been donated. I need 1500.00 for a transmission, I have raised about 400.00 this time. I hope this clears up any confusion.
So I am stuck in Ohio with no vehicle and asking for your help, I will be adding what I can each month out of my 1224.00 income.
Please read the story below for details on why I'm doing this, please share or donate if you can, thank you... Peace!!!
My income of 1224.00 a month does not allow me to save much.
I do not like asking for help but my health depends on it. I'll get right to it and put my life out for the world to see.I am a former paramedic, home and business owner and I am trying to get to a permanent home on the road and live again. I am asking everyone who see's this to donate if you can and to like and share this page. I am 49 years old and disabled,I've worked myself to where my body is falling apart. I have had three back surgeries, six shoulder surgeries, a knee surgery and an ankle surgery. I also have PTSD and explosive anger disorder. I have survived a heart attack and have heart and lung issues. I have a neurostimulator implant in my spine. I have also been dealing with skin cancer for about a year now. Needless to say I don't do much, but I do what I can. I do receive a disability check each month and it honestly does not get my wife and I through the month most months no matter how much we work on it. We do not have credit cards or anything financed. Just basic living expenses. We do not get out much, however we were gifted a trip to see my granddaughter in California, I have not felt so alive in years as I did while seeing new things and people on the drive there and back. When we returned home, I found I do not breath real well here, my heart issues have increased since being back, I'm stressed and fatigued near constantly, almost like it's killing me to live in a great place. I've since inquired into travelling full time and it makes sense for us as it fits in our limited budget. I am asking for your help and donations to acquire a small travel trailer and some good camping gear as we cannot afford to finance anything on our fixed income and make this happen at the same time. We don't need anything fancy, just a reliable trailer in decent shape that we can put our two little dogs and us in to have a home of our own. My research shows that I can find this with the funding and my contribution.I can and will do my part of funding this by selling most everything we own. We can get a lifetime national park pass for free due to my disability and camp for free near many of these parks as well as federal lands in the west. We also have friends and family from one coast to the other. Every dollar will go to what I have stated above and initial maintenance of any vehicle we can get. I know it's asking a lot and I'm not real sure how to ease my troubled mind and body, but that's how much it means to me, to bare my soul and situation to be able to feel alive for the remaining years I have left. I feel this will help tremendously with my mind and medical issues. . I do not feel anybody owes me anything and I've busted my ass my entire life until I could no longer do it. I was successful at one point owning a home and business in California, I lost my business, my second job and 401k in the collapse of the California real estate market and the market collapse in 2007/2008.I was living the "American Dream" but lost a lot of it then. I decided in 2009 to leave California and settled in Missouri, I found a job and in March 2010 I injured my back so severely that I could not work. I filed for disability and waited over 18 months to get a decision, I went without any income during that time. I will never recover to the levels I was prior to 2008 due to a limited fixed income, if I could work, actually put in 8 to 14 hours a day, six days a week again, I would in a heartbeat, but that is impossible as I never know when my legs will work right or pain will put me down for days at a time, I am no longer a viable worker or I would be working now as opposed to writing this. As for others helping, I figured it never hurts to ask. I do not have the resources or enough stuff to sell to make this happen on my own. I am losing the will to live being trapped in a shell of what I used to be. I would, and have, given the shirt off of my back to a stranger. I am generous with what little I have and my lifetime of knowledge. When I was in a better position to do it I gave away thousands of dollars to help people I knew as well as strangers in time of need. Please share with your friends and families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...Peace!!! John