Love Offerings For Ronnie Shepard
Organized by: Michael Williams
EVENT DATE Aug 30, 2014
Please help in this endeavor to raise funds for Joe and Shannon as they tirelessly care for Shannon's father, Ronnie, former fire fighter and Air Force serviceman, in these last days as he battles lung cancer. I feel very compelled in my spirit to try and raise money to help ease their burden, and it is my way of trying to help. As we all know, funereal costs are very expensive, and although this fundraiser amount will not cover everything they will face, it will provide a huge relief. Shannon has taken on several freelance jobs over the past year as well as becoming a rep for her favorite skin care company (that she most definitely loves) in hopes of raising enough funds to cover final expenses. I know, however, that they are going to be strapped when that time comes, and after seeing post after post by thier friends on FaceBook, I realize there are many who want to help. I decided I needed to create a way for those who want to help to do so. They would never ask for this kind of help - or intimate the need - but I know what they are facing, so I am asking on their behalf.
That is where all of us come in. It is hard to go sit, to give time, and things like that – not because we do not want to – but simply because we all have so many things in our lives that require our time and focus. But entering digits off of a card to help bless the Massey’s financially is something we CAN do.
I ask you to think, or pray, or consider about what you are able to give, and then do so. I ask that you share this link and site with anyone that may know the Massey's, or would want to give to a loving family such as this.
Just so you know who is doing this (for your own security of mind) – my name is Michael Williams – and I have known the Massey’s for five years. I taught Chase and Mark in school at CBHS, and have grown very close to Shannon over the past two years. She became a dear friend as I dealt with my wife’s battle with breast cancer over the past 18 months. Her encouragement and support was/is just awesome. I have three children, teach at CBHS, and am a regular person just like you. I just feel compelled in my heart to reach out to you to help them in this time.
Her father, Ronnie Shepard, was in the Air Force and fought in Vietnam. He was a Memphis fire fighter for 27 years, and is now suffering with terminal lung cancer. He has three children: Shannon Massey, Chris Shepard, and Tammy Sugg. He also has eight grandchildren. He has lived with the Massey’s for over a year after finding out about his Stage IV diagnosis of lung cancer. Having been through four rounds of chemo, his tumor has still grown 40%, and they are currently waiting for biopsy results to see if he could be a candidate for experimental drugs – if he should live long enough to see that happen.
Ronnie’s greatest joy – period – is his family. I know that in Chase and Mark’s lives (since I know them personally from teaching them) that he was always at every event in their lives (from the small to the momentous). He is a good, solid, hard working, loving man.
IMPORTANT: trying to be as kind and tactful as I can, there is no way to know how long Ronnie has. Fundraisers like this take time to generate the final check to the recipient after it ends (usually 2-4 weeks). It is my desire to have these funds available BEFORE they need them, so that the money is there, waiting for them when the time comes to use it. Because of this, I ask that you IGNORE the ending date of the fundraiser, and please give immediately, so that the fundraiser will fund quickly, and the money can go on and be sent out so they will have it when it is needed. And just so it is said in print – not one cent of this comes to me or anyone else besides the Massey’s on behalf of Ronnie’s expenses in these last days.
If you wish to contact me directly, in order to know me better, or to verify the validity of who is organizing all this, please DO. Whatever it takes to help the Massey’s out :) My email is email@example.com should you need it.
Thank you SO much for your considerations.