Paul Menzies Family Fund
Organized by: Alice Bergman
I am writing you on behalf of my good friend, Vivian Menzies, a recently widowed mother of four amazing children within the Lake Oswego Community: Gabriel 14 y/o (Lakeridge High), Victoria 13 y/o (Lakeridge JH), Aliye 20 y/o (Lynn University), Daveyuanna 21 y/o (PSU). Vivian is currently experiencing an extremely difficult time and would greatly appreciate your help. First, however, I would like to tell you her story: Vivian recently relocated back to her hometown Portland area with her company from Orlando, Florida on a contract basis. Her husband, Dr. Paul Menzies continued working in Florida while waiting to take the Chiropractic Medical Boards for Oregon in April of this year. He had secured a job in Portland and was so excited to be rejoining his family and begin a life in Oregon. On Easter Sunday, packed and ready for his scheduled flight to visit his family, he suffered a sudden heart attack and died. At the age of 55, Paul left his beloved wife, children, and the life they had planned together. Only a week after Vivian’s husband’s death, her company began an organizational level lay-off and she was let go. After contacting her husband’s life insurance company, she discovered much to her despair that Paul’s policy was terminated 11 days before his death as he was in the process of switching to the life insurance offered through his new job. He was without insurance for a period of 11 days! Vivian was told his new insurance policy was not yet in place because some tests were not completed. She was left with nothing but her minimal savings to help with the burial and funeral service while attempting to continue to meet expenses for rent, food, transportation, and tuition. Currently, Vivian continues to move forward, head held high, working part-time doing Human Resources consulting. She’s working hard to find a full-time professional position that will sustain her and her children. Daveyuanna is helping as much as she can with her part-time work while at PSU and Aliye will return home at the end of the school year. But, Vivian does not have other close family that can help her out during this hard time. With her savings and other resources exhausted, she has come to the point of needing additional financial help. During this tragic time her main focus needs to be on assisting her children in their grieving process. Instead she stresses daily to provide a secure environment and the basic necessities. It’s imperative to her that her children maintain some sense of stability. I am asking that you not give this family a handout, but a hand-up. We just want to help Vivian as she awaits her husband’s social security benefits and most importantly, she secures more permanent employment. She has always been a hard worker and with her marketable skills I doubt it will take long. This is a special family that needs your help during this difficult time. The children need all the stability they can get at this tender age. I believe we can help the Menzies get back on their feet. If your family could donate a financial gift of any size, it would be such a blessing and so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for even considering.