Organized by: EKATERINA ZUBREEVA
John is my fiancé. He is a 22-year-old college student. We have been in love for the past 3 years, and earlier this year he proposed to me with an orchid in one of his hands and a ring in the other. As an engaged couple, we began the process of planning the wedding. Both of us were born in Russia and most of our relatives reside in Russia as well, and we thought that it would be a good idea to do our wedding in Russia, so that our grandparents, aunts and cousins could be at the wedding. When we started surveying the relatives whether they can make it to Saint-Petersburg, where the wedding will take place, John’s 86-year-old grandmother Raisa replied with a sad “no”. “Why not?” – asked John. She stated that she’s too old to leave the house (she didn’t leave her house for the past two years), and that traveling was not an option. Grandma Raisa is very important to John, she played a big role in John’s life at an early age, when John’s parents had to work a lot. John tried to convince her, discussing options such as car, train and air transport. She refused all these options and said that she loves him very much, but she can barely walk from one room to the other. Due to her age, she has a poor medical record and it is not clear how long she is going to live. It would mean a world for her to see John and his future wife before the time comes. After talking with John, we thought about visiting her personally after the wedding. She lives in northern part of Russia, a city whose name roughly translates to Polar Dawns. We searched the web for the ways to get there and it turns out that the trip will cost us extra $1500. John wanted to go but we have no way of getting this kind of money because we have to pay for the wedding and the trip and everything else. I created this fund in order to give my future husband a chance to meet his 86-year-old grandmother. Money raised by this fund will be used for paying round-trip from Saint-Petersburg to Polar Dawns (airfare, train and then a 4-hour taxi to that small village - Polar Dawns is very hard to get to due to being far from public transportation infrastructure), and a place to stay there. As his future wife, I feel obliged to try and make John’s and his Grandma’s wishes come true and meet after the day of the wedding. If we meet our goal, I will be ever grateful to people who helped us out to start our marriage with such a beautiful doing: reuniting for the last time beloved Grandma Raisa and her much loved grandson John.