Organized by: Alejandra Medina
Okay, so I need your help. As much help as possible, but anything will be much appreciated. But I know that to get your help, I will have to get very personal- something that I don’t do often, even for close friends. But today, I am tired and I am broken. And quite frankly, I don’t know how to fix this without help. So, I will be putting my pride away and showing you my vulnerability- by giving you a weird view into the mountain of unhappiness that has fallen upon Jake and me due to the decisions made by people that we should have been able to trust. My story- I am a junior at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. I am studying biology with a concentration of pre-medicine. But I am also pursuing minors in computer science, literature, natural science, and chemistry. And did I mention that I want to attend law school? But that’s beside the point, I also work 25-30hrs a week, at Wal-Mart as a Deli Associate and I also work as a writing tutor at the University of St. Francis, to pay for my tuition and books. I married Jacob a year and a half ago because my love for learning often kept me studying and we never seemed to find time to spend together. Marrying him has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. He works full time at Wal-Mart in the Deli- where we meet about 3 years ago (romantic, right?). He is also a student, and he is studying culinary arts at JJC. Together, we pay all our bills, tuition payments, and school supplies with some difficulty, but we make it work. But to tell you the truth, it also helps to know that we have my parents as a safety net- they have helped us get a car, they still pay my phone, and whenever I visit, my mommy always insists on giving me $10 to pay for gas. Now, the reason why you are reading this- earlier this week Jake started getting really bad headaches and experiencing chest pains, thankfully the doctors told us that we have nothing to worry about. But, before we went to the hospital, we had to go see if Jake’s new insurance card had arrived at his parents’ house- when we moved (about a year ago) we did not find the need to change the mailing address. His parents are not big on organizing, so they brought piles of letters outside for us to sift through. We did not find the new insurance card but we did find a very nasty surprise-> about 5 ComEd letters addressed to Jake. We took them, and when we opened them at home we were shocked. Jake’s parents have put their electric bill in Jake’s name and had not paid it in months. When we went to talk to them, Jake’s dad called us names, told us that we were ungrateful, and that he had everything under control and that we just needed to keep the bill in Jake’s name and set up a payment plan. The ComEd bill, in case you were wondering, is now over $2,500. The customer service person at ComEd told us that we had 90 days to pay the bill or that the bill will go to collections and negatively affect Jake’s credit. As students, we do not have $2,500 dollars, and we still owe $2,000 combined for our tuition this semester. We do not know how we are going to pay for this. We never expected Jake’s parents to be so opportunistic and care so little about their son. But this has not been the first time that something like this has happened, but I am sad to say that they have lost all of our respect and our desire to help them do better. We are asking family, friends, and colleagues to help us in any way possible. If anything, please share. We will keep you posted on the rest of our story, and I promise that when I am done with my studies, I will double every penny that is raised through this and donate to the Red Cross and Feed My Starving Children- both great foundations that I have personally had contact with in the past.