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Jacob's Way to Freedom

Organized by: Alanna Schweitzer

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THE STORY:

Hey guys! So My father is a hard working man who has been struggling with debt all of his life. A little background, I grew up in a nice home in Toronto with a twin sister and my mother and father. I did not make life easy for my father. I was diagnosed with a kidney disease when I was 2 and by the age of 10 developed a severe eating disorder. I was in and out of hospitals while my father fought for my life. Home life was not very peaceful as my parents were always fighting and my dad was suffering on and off with depression. As time progressed I became addicted to many different drugs and alcohol and was sent to rehab approximately 5 times, at least 2 of those times which my father helped to pay for. My father never gave up on me and has always been so generous, always putting other people ahead of his own comfort. Before I was born my father opened up a restaurant and it eventually failed and he had to go bankrupt. I do not think he ever fully recovered. He then decided to go into IT and worked a really good job for many years at a bank until the department basically shut down. After that my dad applied to at least a hundred jobs but nobody would take him because of his age, even though he had so much more knowledge and experience than others. He suffered from some pretty severe depression as he could not find a job and his wife (my new stepmother) was in school and not working at the time. My dad continued to look for work but nobody would hire him so he decided to open up a new more sophisticated wing and burger restaurant. As this was ocurring I should add that he had already battled kidney cancer and other minor physical problems, and he just wanted to catch a break. He is now living with my stepmom and her 3 kids, trying to provide for them, he is the father they have never had. Basically, my father's mother ended up passing away after a long and painful battle with Alzheimers and Parkinsons and he was left with inheritance money. He used this money to open up his new restaurant as he thought it was the only solution to make money again, or at least try and at this point my stepmom had a decent paying job but all of her money was going to the bills to pay for the restaurant. My dad SLAVED over this restaurant, working 12 hour days, 7 days a week and could not even break even. All the inheritance money was gone and all my stepmother's money was going to paying the bills and supporting the family. My father eventually thought to open up a second restaurant so he could maybe have more profit, not thinking this would lead him into further debt. After slaving over these 2 restaurants for more than a year he gave up his rights to other people because he was absolutely exhausted and could not afford them anymore. After all of this hard work he had only lost money and now he cannot even afford to pay for groceries, all the while still trying to send me money so I was comfortable (I live in Montreal). My dad is such a hard working man. He just called me tonight saying that my stepmother was at the gas station and could not even pay for the gas, as her credit card was maxed out. My father is once again looking for a job but cannot find one because people think he is too old or they rather have someone more "sophisticated", whatever that means. If it was not for my father I would probably be lying dead in a ditch somewhere from all of my extremely destructive behaviour, but he never EVER gave up on me. Right now my father is in hundreds and thousands of debt, and I do not want him to have to go bankrupt again. He is severely depressed and I am asking anybody who comes across this plea to please help my father out, even a dollar would be helpful. I want him to have hope again and be able to retire one day soon, as he just turned 60. PLEASE GUYS, HIM AND I NEED YOU! Thanks for reading this and God bless each and everyone of you.

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