We all have those special people in our lives that have helped us, especially with our RA needs. For me, one of those people has been RA Warrior (www.rawarrior.com). Not only did her blog provide encouragement, information and inspiration for me, her tireless advocacy for RA patients has made a difference to our community as a whole.

I’ve missed her for about a year. But hey, it happens. People get busy. They do other things. Blogs fall by the wayside.

I wish it were that easy for RA Warrior. A terrible personal situation has turned her life and that of her young son upside down. She has swallowed all embarrassment and has come back to the surface and asked for help.

I’m there for her as much as I can and am asking that if you can find it in your heart (and wallet) to help as well, please do.

Here’s the story as expressed in a letter written by her uncle. There’s a link to a Go Fund Me page and I encourage you to contribute whatever you can:

Dear RA Warrior friends, fans, & family,

Within the context of family history, my niece and her brother have always held a special place in my heart. Last year, I learned that Kelly had fled from her own home with two children, finding safe haven in the home of dear friends. A few weeks later while travelling to visit, appalled at the long and problematic history, I went quietly about verifying the backstory. Within a few days, I knew that she had exercised the only remaining option for ensuring the safety and well-being of her youngest child.

In late summer 2015 (at the worst possible time), her attorney suddenly advised all clients that this law firm was dissolving! Facing live court events in September, with no sense of civility or patience from the opposing attorney, Kelly had to appear before the judge alone, and made a successful argument for sufficient time to engage a new lawyer.

Behind the scenes, while searching full-time for several weeks, through phone interviews, many inquiries, and digging for references, we identified an experienced family law firm. Scraping together nickels, dimes, and a few miracles, Kelly was able to retain an experienced and compassionate attorney. Although, with case-management in shambles, and serious downside risk for her son, while Kelly’s new attorney has already demonstrated considerable expertise, many-many hours of legal work are yet required, and the end is not yet in sight.

To get to the heart of the matter, our family needs your help. Kelly and Roo will continue to need sufficient assistance to keep the law firm engaged, retain expert witnesses, and pursue ongoing investigations. I have undertaken the management of beneficiary fundraising for Kelly and Roo (GoFundMe). We are all continuing in prayer for a just outcome, and release of financial provisions. This is the first time any of us have deployed this internet mechanism known as “crowd-funding”, yet this I know: this is what “family” has always done for one another.