Keep Larry in His Home
Organized by: Stephen Eggers
Larry Brockman, my father-in-law, has been a resident of Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence, Kansas, for nearly 13 years. I have personally known him only a little longer than that, so most of my experience with Larry has been at Brandon Woods. This is the retirement community he has called home for over a decade.
When he initially moved in, he lived in an independent living apartment. He has been very happy there and has made a lot of close personal relationships with many of his fellow residents and staff alike. Anyone you talk to speaks highly of Larry. He has a quick wit and a winning smile. He has a generous heart, so much so that he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
My own experience of Larry has been one of being welcomed. Even when his daughter, my wife, was but my friend, Larry invited me to join him and his family for Thanksgiving dinner. Later on, when I became family, he invited not only me but even my parents for Christmas Eve dinner several years in a row.
He has many loves. He loves his country so much he served for her as a Marine during the Korean War era. Semper Fi! He loves his five children. He had to raise some of them as a single father when he lost the love of his life to cancer in 1985. He loves his ten grandchildren, ranging in ages from 36 years to 9 months. He loves his church, Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He has been very generous in giving to this church over the years. He loves John Wayne. I honestly had no idea there were so many John Wayne films until I beheld Larry's collection. And he loves his food! His best piece of food advice: "If it sounds good, try it. If it doesn't taste good, don't make it again!"
Anyone who knows Larry knows he is a great lover of food. I have been privileged to be the recipient of his excellent culinary skills, both in learning from him with wise instruction and - my favorite part! - eating it too. In fact, he has even had the privilege of having some of his own recipes fixed for all the residents over the years. The one that comes to my mind is Larry's Baked Beans.
There is a local cooking show called Jayni's Kitchen. On two separate occasions Jayni filmed her program where Larry was involved: once to introduce Brandon Woods, and the other time to broadcast a cooking competition between three chefs, on of which was from Brandon Woods. Because of Larry's influence with Brandon Woods he was interviewed the first time and - get this! - was a judge for the competition for the second episode. To this day he still fondly remembers that competition.
Over the years Larry has built up many fine friendships and many fond memories. However, Larry is getting older and time is catching up with him. As of this writing he is 85 years old.
He is no longer in the independent living area. He resides in skilled nursing. This is where he has been living for the last 21 months, 18 of which have been on Medicaid. Just before he went on Medicaid he incurred a medical bill that his insurance unfortunately didn't take care of, and Medicaid didn't pay.
Medicaid takes care of his current monthly charges, but this past due bill, along with some others, need to be paid off sooner than Larry's meager monthly allowance can afford. If he cannot pay, he will be evicted.
The debt still owing to Brandon Woods is just under $23,000. This must be paid for Larry to stay in the one place he desires to call home for his remaining years. So why the request for $30,000? If this campaign could also raise the money needed for Larry's funeral expenses (totaling about $5000) then he will be at peace knowing that all of his remaining expenses are accomplished. Some of the money raised goes toward the campaign fees. Anything left over after that would pay for any of Larry's expenses beyond his monthly allowance.
Obviously anything that this campaign raises is important, even if the goal isn't met. Can you please help him? Anything given will help prevent Larry from leaving the community he loves, and that loves him in return. A move this late in his life could be devastating.
We humbly ask for prayers, and any financial gift you can provide, to help Larry stay in his home. God bless you, and thank you for your consideration.