Shhhhh, it's a surprise! Dad's been wanting to go to Hawaii his entire life. Like many people, he planned to do this in retirement, among a long list of other things. His health had other plans. So here we are, helping him check as many things off as quickly as possible, while he still has some mobility. Hawaii is his #1. Because he had to retire sooner than he planned, has not been able to work or contribute in the ways he always planned to in retirement, and is not in good health, he believes this trip is out of the realm of possibility. We're here to remind him that with the help of others, anything is possible! Dad was drafted and deployed to Vietnam in April 1967 and returned one year later, knowing he'd been exposed to Agent Orange but seemingly unscathed. Upon returning from Vietnam, Dad worked in the supply room sorting personal belongings that were being shipped home from Vietnam. This means he continued to be exposed, even at home. Fast forward, and Dad's been diagnosed with both Parkinson's Disease and peripheral neuropathy, both of which have been deemed service connected to his exposure to Agent Orange. Many of the ways he planned to contribute have come to a screeching halt. His progression has been quite rapid, which brings us to getting this trip on the calendar as quickly as possible. Our plan- We'd love to have raised enough money that everything is already booked and we're surprise Dad on his 70th birthday in May. We plan to travel in early fall, and would like to book everything as soon possible. Dad's body is changing quickly, and we want to be sure to get him there while he can still sustain the flight. We will stay at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu. Hale Koa is for military personnel and their families, and Dad will receive a discount on his room for his status as a retired and disabled veteran. Hale Koa sits on 72 acres, so plenty for Dad to explore for a week that is within close proximity to his room when he needs rest. Flying will be tricky but we will make it work! Dad's current condition requires him to be in business class. We will sit in coach but will assist him when he needs to use the bathroom, stretch, prop his leg, prepare his food, etc. We hope to raise the money for Dad's ticket, and plan to pay for our own out of pocket. Dad has been such a compassionate role model to so many. We're channeling his eternal optimism and KNOW we can make this trip happen for him! If this is something you're interested in contributing to, but aren't into the online part, you're welcome to contribute in person or by mail. My address is 600 Siebert Street Columbus, Ohio 43206. If PayPal is your preference, you can send a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll adjust the online goal according to what it collected in person, by mail, or by PayPal. Any additional money collected, beyond our goal, will be used to make Dad's trip even better! Thanks so much for your support.