I started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for air fare for my sister and I to fly to Phoenix, Arizona, for a reunion with my birth mother. My sister is going for moral support for both of us and to record the reunion.
Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/JTBirthMotherTrip
Now, I’m not poor, but my mother is 76 and I feel a real sense of urgency to meet her before too much more time passes. It would take me some time to save up the necessary funds due to chronic illness of several members of my family, kids in college, etc. Any small amount you can donate is very welcome and greatly appreciated.
Here is the campaign description:
Five years ago, at the age of 47, I was told by a cousin that I was
adopted. After the shock wore off I decided to search for my birth
mother. I discovered the name of the adoption agency from some old
documents in my family’s possession and I contacted them to request the
To my surprise it didn’t take them long to find my
mother and get her consent to exchange information and messages via the
adoption agency. Finally, I heard my mother’s voice for the first time
on Christmas Eve 2012. We tried to arrange a meeting but I live in New
Jersey and she lives in Arizona. I haven’t had the funds for air fare
to fly out and my mother is afraid to fly,
I also learned that I
had four half-siblings. In December of 2014 I contacted one of them and
we met soon after. She is the sibling that’s closest to our mother and
she wants to accompany me to Arizona to calm both my mother’s nerves
and my own, so we’re still trying to scrape together the funds for two
of us to fly out for a reunion.
Our mother is 76 years old now
and I feel a sense of urgency to have the reunion as soon as possible.
Every dollar I can raise brings me one step closer to finally meeting
the woman who carried me for nine months.