Help Joel Access Long-term Care

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Raised by 212 people in 14 months
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Created May 19, 2018
Friends of Joel
on behalf of Robin Giles
When our loved ones get sick, we take care of them. But what happens after we’ve exhausted the help we can reasonably ask of our families? This is where friends and the greater support network of the community need to pull together and help.

We want you to meet Robin and Joel (Jo), if you don’t already know them, and listen to their story. Decide for yourself if you can be part of their support network with us. There is so much to say about Joel, but I will never tell his story and Robin's with the depth and compassion that Shannon Proudfoot did for Maclean's magazine in September 2015:

http://site.macleans.ca/longform/alzheimers/index.html

In short, Jo has an extremely rare and aggressive form of Alzheimer’s disease. While most Alzheimer’s patients are well over 65 years of age, Jo is 41 and has been living with his disease for over 4 years. He has been robbed of time with friends and family and his career.

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This is where our campaign begins. Over the last 4 years, Jo has required an increasing amount of care. Robin, with the help of her dad Kip and sister Taryn, has been able to meet Jo’s needs during this time. A time will come when, because of Alzheimer's, Jo will need full time care. As we've watched Robin care for Jo day in and day out, we see that time approaching. Jo needs full time, residential care.

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Full time care for Jo will cost Robin about $4000 a month for the rest of Jo's life. What makes Jo's situation unique is that he's 41 years old. Robin is not yet 40. She's a full time teacher. She's still paying off both of their student loans. They never got a chance to buy a house or accumulate assets so often liquidated by surviving spouses to pay the costs of long-term care. So Robin continues, with Kip , Taryn, and family, to care for Jo at home as best they can while Robin continues to work full time and stay afloat while facing the mounting costs associated with Jo's care. 

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Our goal is to give Robin some peace of mind and allow her to prioritize Jo's health and well-being in all decision making about his care. 

Our main purpose for this campaign though, is to allow Jo to access the care he needs with the dignity he deserves. He's a lifelong friend to many who will attest to his kindness, generosity, and good humour. 

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Jo deserves the best care, and Robin deserves to be able to give it to him. Let's help her do that.
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I just want to send a heartfelt thank you for everyone who has so generously and kindly donated or shared Joel's story. Your generosity allowed Robin to care for Jo in his final months in the most loving and human way possible. We are so grateful to everyone for that.

As I said when we started this campaign, I cannot possibly articulate the epilogue to this story as honestly and compassionately as Shannon Proudfoot has done once again in Maclean's magazine.

https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/they-came-to-celebrate-jo-he-would-have-loved-it/

In loving memory of Joel, Robin has set up a scholarship fund in his name. If you are interested in supporting a deserving student, please visit the donation page and accept our sincerest thanks.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/thames-valley-education-foundation/
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Thank you all so much who have so generously donated to our campaign. We're nearly at 20% of our goal to give Joel access to quality long term care!

At this time, please continue to share this campaign on your social media and with anyone you believe might be inspired or moved by Robin and Jo's story or by your own generosity, as I am.

Your own generosity in this campaign has been overwhelming, and I want to thank you all on behalf of all of us who have helped get it off the ground.
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Raised by 212 people in 14 months
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