The Fight for HIV/Aids
Organized by: Vincent Laughton
Hello, my name is Vincent Laughton a loving father and husband. I am the son of two HIV-positive parents. My father died from heart failure caused by HIV when I was only 15 years old in 1995. He was rather bed ridden his last year of his life and was placed in a nursing home because I mother could no longer take care of him. About two years after his death my mother was then diagnosed with the disease. Fast forward to the present day my mother still has the disease and I need your help. She was admitted to our local hospital for feeling extremely weak and unable to walk. She would constantly lay around her house. She came over to my place one day and I remember her saying something about losing weight. I told her she needs to get that checked which she did and the doctor said it was her diabetes. We lost our babysitter because of her age so my mom started babysitting my daughter saying that she felt great. Then things took a turn...the last few days of her babysitting I'd come home from work with her sleeping on my floor. Later she called my up to say she cannot babysit because of her feeling weak. We talked her into going to the hospital where they said her diabetes was in the 450 range and they're keeping her all night. They also informed us that she has enlarged lymph nodes in the chest, she had a doctors appointment scheduled for the following week. A week after the hospital stay my mom, sister, and step-dad came over for our last summer cookout. After dinner was done my mom took 2 bites out of her bratwurst and said she wasn't hungry. A red flag went up. I pulled my wife off to the side and said we need to get her to the hospital. We took her the following day where they did a lot of tests. From blood work to X-rays they covered everything. We got the bad news mom has Hodgkins Lymphoma. After days of more testing, we find out it is stage 4. As of writing this post we found out that they have exhausted all treatment options and she is not expected to survive by Sunday, October 2nd.
We need your help...We cannot afford her funeral expenses. she was supposed to get life insurance but things happened too quick. We are asking for money to help in paying for the funeral and any further help will go to HIV/Aids research and look for a cure. That is our story although it is lengthy.
By the way, the picture of my mother was from 5 years ago, without all the weight she lost.