A Hand Across the Bridge

I may post the Friday Poll in a bit, but first, I have a very important favor to ask of you.

It’s come to my attention that one of my wonderful, caring readers is in trouble. This particular young man is wholly devoted to his mother, who is currently on the list for a liver transplant. He spends all his free time driving her to and from her doctor’s appointments, often going without sleep to work and care for her.

Recently, things began to look up when they were notified that his mother had met the criteria to be put on the National Registry for a transplant.

Unfortunately, shortly thereafter their only vehicle died. With a $2500 repair estimate and no other way to get his mother to the hospital, this young man faces a terrible dilemma. He can’t pay for the repairs but if he doesn’t get his mother to her appointments, she will be dropped from the registry.

I have often said that if I were ever in a position to help others, I would do my utmost to do so. As my mom says, “Sometimes people just need a hand across the bridge.” Sometimes that hand comes in the form of money, sometimes it’s a friend to be there in a dark hour or a place to stay or some food for a table.

But I started thinking; There are a lot of us. I know my readers are the most wonderful, caring people in the world. There MUST be a way we can help this young man and his mother. There MUST be someone in Tampa, Florida (or nearby) who has a car they aren’t using (no matter how decrepit!) or is a mechanic or knows a mechanic who could fix their vehicle either at no cost or through some other kind of manageable arrangement.

So I’m asking you guys to spread the word, ask around, see what you can do. Put a call out on Facebook and Twitter for people living in Tampa. See if anyone out there is willing to extend a hand across the bridge to this young man. He’s doing his very best to hold it together, but he is only one person.

We are many.

If you need more info or think you can help, please contact me on Facebook or Twitter or email me at I’m going to try and come up with some kind of fundraising idea in case this doesn’t work out, but we have to start somewhere.


6 replies on “A Hand Across the Bridge”

I wish there was something I could do to help! I think I know what he’s going through because my own mother is ill. I don’t know of anybody in Tampa, but let me know if you start a fundraiser and I’ll do what I can. God bless you for helping him out, and I hope everything works out!

Thank you, hon! I’m just hoping someone in his area comes forward. I figure the more people we can get to Tweet and Facebook the message, the better the odds that the right person will see it.

Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she gets better soon.

I know exactly how hard it must be for the man. Just a couple of years ago my uncle was in the same position as his mother, he was about one or two days away from death before luckily they found a match, and now my uncle is healthy and strong. I will do all I can to spread the word as this is such an unfortunate thing to happen at a time like this. Just remember, there is always hope <3

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