On January 1, 2016, I made a bold commitment. No, not a resolution. Resolutions, I have learned, last a few weeks. With a commitment, there is no turning back.
I committed to raffle off my Mango Tango Jeep Wrangler to raise money for my sister-in-law who was diagnosed with ALS in August of 2014.
Today is the last day. We're in the Mango Tango Jeep Raffle Countdown with a little over three hours to go! So if you're interested in purchasing a ticket, click here. The raffle closes this evening around 7:15.
And whether or not you want a ticket, please keep reading.
Why am I raffling off my beloved possession? Because, as explained in my HuffPo article, The Social Security Con: How Stay-At-Home Moms (or Dads) Lose their Social Security Disability, the government failed my sister-in-law. Utterly. Completely. And that same system could fail you or someone close to you as well.
At thirty-nine, my sister-in-law decided to leave the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom and educator to her daughter, my niece. What she didn't know, what HR failed to tell her on the way out the door, and, indeed, what many, many people, I have come to learn, don't know is this:
Once you step out of the workforce for more than five consecutive years, you lose your Social Security Disability benefits.
Now, I've gone around the block on this argument a few times. In fact, HuffPo refused to print my article until I provided them with plenty of cites to prove that what I was saying is true. Because even my HuffPo editor kept saying, "This cannot be true."
In the end, she said, "How un-American!"
So the way I see it, the way you would see it if you had a family member in the same jam, is that I have something I love, something with market value (and, let's face it, street cred). And I can part with it. It's my Mango Tango Jeep!
I'm raffling off my Mango Tango Jeep because I can:
- push the hair out of my face
- scratch an itch
- brush my teeth
- dress myself
- go anywhere I want, any time I want
- feed myself
- everything you and I take for granted every minute of every hour of every day
Because I can. And my sister-in-law with ALS cannot do any of the stuff I just listed.
ALS robs its victims of so much. With your help, ALS will not rob my sister-in-law of the around-the-clock care she requires, care not covered by insurance, not covered by our government.
We're somewhere around $32,000. The goal is $50,000. If you want to purchase a ticket, again, click here.
And if you don't, I get it. But I still want you to do me a solid one. Please reach out to anyone in your friends and family circle and warn them about the hidden financial danger of being a stay-at-home without a private disability policy.
Oh, and Happy Tax Day! I don't know about you, but I get all warm and fuzzy writing checks to a government who, it seems, rarely takes care of those of us laboring oars out there.