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  1. Hi everyone, this is my very first post and I'm hoping that someone here may be able to help me. I live in Dublin (Ireland) and my friends and I are desperately trying to make a final wish of a dear terminally ill friend come true. She is a wonderfully kind and loyal person who has given most of her life to working voluntarily with children and youth. She is a single parent of one son and sadly, following over a decade of remission from cancer, it has now returned with a vengence and is incurable. While talking to her recently, she revealed that the final thing she wanted to do was go to the States to show her son (he's 16) New York and to take him fishing in Boston. He is a junior fisherman and has represented his country in fishing competitions. I cannot go into specifics but suffice to say, three friends and I are working desperately to raise the money to get her to America. It is proving a little more difficult than we thought but we are hopeful that we will be able to cover the flights at least. None of us know anything about fishing and wouldn't have a clue about where to start. We were hoping that your wonderful fishing community in Boston might be in a position to help our friend realise her final dream for her son so that he can have some everlasting memories of his precious time with his mom. I apologise sincerely in advance if this is an inappropriate request to post on your forum, but I truly do not know where else to start. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, we would ask that this is not shared on Facebook or other social media as members of our friend's family are still unaware of the true nature of her illness. Thank you so much for your time and for reading. Jacqui
  2. Thank you so much, TheBlueLine x Gosh, I've no idea, Cabo2005, I'll ask :-)
  3. I wish I could take you all out for dinner <3
  4. TheBlueLine: It says you can't receive messages. Maybe Admin could look at this, please?
  5. Thank you so much, John. I just showed the pic to his mother and she said he'd be over the moon to accept that. I'm going to private message you the address now if that's OK? x
  6. Hi everyone, thank you so much for your patience and in particular, your very generous offers of help and support. We finally reached the end of our fundraising, albeit a little short of our target. But we managed to raise enough for plane fares and accommodation in New York. We met up with our sick friend the day before yesterday and told her what we'd done and to say she is shocked and utterly thrilled is an understatement! There were tears and laughter and lots of planning about how best to do this. It's been decided that this has to happen sooner rather than later so she and her son are booked to fly to NY on the 23rd May - he is excited beyond belief. However, for various reasons, the trip will be a little shorter than anticipated. They will be in the States from the 23rd until the 29th, spending four days in NY and two days elsewhere. When we factored in how little time there is available to get the train to Boston, the cost of travel and accommodation etc., it was decided that it just isn't possible. However, she has a relative in Connecticut who she can stay with for a couple of days and who will take them fishing and collect them from NY and drive them back to the airport when it's time to return. What I really want to say, though, is thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts here in Dublin. I kept my friends up to speed with all your kind offers and told my sick pal about your generosity of time, spirit and immense kindness. She is now sorry that she won't get to meet any of you. She and my friends have asked me to convey our profound gratitude to you all - we will never forget the willingness of strangers to help us out without question or expectation of anything in return. In a world that often feels bleak and selfish, we can lose sight of the inherent goodness and kindness of people. So again, thank you all so very much, and in particular; TimS, Dthfrmabove, EastEndAngler, Southcoastphil, SharkLobster, Cabo and nicknotsebastian. I nearly feel like a member of this amazing fishing community now - even though I don't know a thing about fishing! I will remember you all fondly and with great respect. Much love to you all. Jacqui xx
  7. Hi all, just a quick update. We're slowly but surely inching towards our fundraising target. We reckon another couple of weeks should do it. We are then going to meet with our friend and let her know what we've done and hopefully then, we can identify dates with her that will fit in with her treatment programme. Thank you all so very much for your kindness and patience, and as soon as I know more, I will get back to you. If anyone needs any specific details, please do not hesitate to PM me. Thanks again :-)
  8. Shark Lobster, I'm overwhelmed by your very kind offer, that would be amazing. I met with my friends last night to try to work out how we are going to put all this together and we hope to have more details about when our sick friend and her son can travel in the next couple of weeks. I will get back to you as soon as we've firmed up dates. Thanks again to all of you - what an amazing community you are <3
  9. Phil, thank you very much for your offer. As soon as I get the information you've requested, I will get straight back to you :-)
  10. Thank you very much, EastEndAngler :-)
  11. I am actually overcome by the kindness of people, thank you again, Tim and Shawn. It really does restore one's faith in humanity :-) I will be delighted to private message you, Shawn.
  12. Thank you TimS and Shawn Michael Coffey. Is private messaging permitted? :-)
  13. I'm really not sure why my posts are taking so long to be approved - do I need to do something else, Admin/Moderator? I don't want people to think I'm being rude in not replying :-)
  14. Thank you very much for your responses, I really appreciate them. Captain, I can assure you it's not a scam - it's genuinely a small group of friends trying to do the best they can for their seriously ill friend. I'm not sure how to convince you but I understand your concern. I would be happy to provide some personal info in private if anyone feels it necessary. Dthfrmabove, you're very kind. I believe she might be able to travel in May or June, we are trying to establish when will be good for her because she is currently undergoing treatment. I can let you know as soon as we find out. Your kind offer is greatly appreciated and I think there's a bit of Irish in everyone! ;-)