Some Peace of Mind for Patrick Cain
Organized by: Darin Cabell
November 16, 2016
My name is Darin Cabell; a son, brother, husband, dad and wanderer at heart, who has settled in Kalamazoo, MI since 2011. I graduated from Rochester High School in Rochester, IL in 1988 and have since lived in 5 additional states and nearly 20 different physical locations.
Having grown up in Rochester, I was fortunate enough to be a classmate of Patrick Cain. Patrick is inspirational to say the least. Both Patrick and his brother, Kevin, were born with Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease. Despite his disease, his presence always had an impact on the school, his classmates, and many families. The mother of another classmate says "Patrick Cain is a hero in our family's books...he always amazes us of how much he has done in his life. From being active during his school days, baseball league umpire to touching lives of all ages. He is one incredible man who is so deserving of the support we can give him not only by helping fund his monetary needs but by encouraging him and loving on him."
Of course, with all my wandering I lost touch with many people over the years, including Patrick. The advent of Facebook helped us reconnect. To see that he has taught for over 20 years, including 14 years of high school math at Auburn High School (where he was known as PCain!) reminded me how fortunate I was to know him growing up.
On Sept. 17, for the first time in 25 years, we were also able to see each other face to face. He is still Patrick. He is still funny, still fighting, and being the good man that he is. During our conversation, he shared of loss: the loss of his brother and parents and his recent job loss. His latest health struggles have taken a big toll. He had been working in customer service from home, but had a hospital stay that caused him to lose his job.
He is actively looking for work, as well as seeking short-term solutions to his ever tightening financial situation. This is why this fundraiser is being created. Financial stress is a unique kind of stress and when coupled with health struggles, you can imagine how it can be unsettling and create worry. This fundraiser is to provide Patrick with some financial help...and...also importantly some peace of mind; to not have to worry whether there will be enough funds this month or next or the next.
In order to cover his expenses (housing, medical, food) through December 2016, it would take a minimum of $5000. We are setting the goal for $10,000 to provide enough time for a new job to come through and/or some other forms of relief. We are setting this up so that the funds go directly into Patrick's bank account automatically as the funds come in through the Crowdrise We Pay option.
Consider making an impact on his life in the same way he has for so many students and families. If you can donate, donate. If you can't donate, share. If you can't share, please pray and encourage him.