Linda Perry Tribute

For: Linda Lee Perry
Delray Beach, FL
Organizer: Camia Gavin, Limi Marie Bauer, Maio Baiocco
Linda Perry Tribute (Linda Lee Perry)
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 108 donors
77% Complete

The Story

Thank you for everyone who's been on the journey with us this year. We couldn't have done it without you! This fund will now go toward making a beautiful ceremony and reception for her, just like she wanted, with lots of flowers, food, and music.

Monday, February 22
National Seonghwa Funeral Service 

9:30 - 12:30 pm
Fort Lincoln Funeral Home
3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD 20722

Celebration Reception 
1:00 pm
Washington Times Building, Arbor Ballroom
3600 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
*Bring your dancing shoes!

Sunday, February 21
3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Fort Lincoln Funeral Home 
3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD 20722

Preparing for Mom's Passing
We are in the last moments of days with mom and phone calls and flowers have been pouring in. This fund has shifted from a bucket list fund to a memorial. We're planning her service at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home and Cemetery in Maryland with a reception to follow at the Washington Times Building.

We will add details as they come.  

Her Diagnosis

Our mom is passing away from pancreatic cancer, and we want to help make her last moments amazing. We want these moments to be beautiful. We want these moments to be full of a daughter's love and care. We can't do this alone.

She has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and it has already spread to the liver.

Going in to check on a stomach ache that wouldn't go away, medical professionals informed her that she once again has cancer. Last time it was stage 3, and this time it's stage 4 and inoperable.

There is no cure and so her remaining time will be around managing pain and making memories.

So, we're taking off work. We're flying in from across the country or across the globe to be with her, make memories, and say all the things we need to say.

Mostly just a lot of tears, thank yous and I love yous.

Her Bucket List

She mostly just wants to see people, swim with her grandkids, and laugh together, but she mentions things she always wanted to do every now and then and we want to make them happen: a hot air balloon ride, going to eat Columbian food again, seeing the alligators, etc.

How You Can Help

If you'd like to pray for her, she asked that you pray for her to have a smooth transition.

If you'd like to visit, email Maio for her address at [email protected]

If you'd like to send flowers, her favorites are daisies.

If you'd like to add a drop in this bucket it will go to her hot air balloon ride, etc, and also to her hospice care and eventually funeral costs.

She said that she feels that passing away is like graduation and she'd like to have a bright and joyful graduation party. That's so her.

So it may be her last year, or months, we don't know how long exactly, but it's not a time for tears nor praying for her to recover.

It's time for words unsaid, time spent, memories made, hot air balloons and daisies.

It's Linda's last year, and you're invited to be part of making it amazing.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 23, 2016

Posted on February 23, 2016

Linda's services finished yesterday. What a beautiful experience for all of us!

She saw the event as a graduation. The funeral service was the graduation ceremony. The burial was when you got your diploma. The reception afterwards was the graduation party. She wanted us to celebrate her life, and dance we did. 

Thank you to each person who donated. Thank you to each person who came to Fort Lincoln. Thank you to each of you who chose to laugh and dance and remember.

Thank you for being a part of this tremendous ten-month journey. 

Her family was made strong through each of your messages, memories of Linda, and your warm hugs. 

Thank you. 

Posted on January 22, 2016

Posted on January 22, 2016

The past few months have been precious, like stolen time.  

Another chance to say "I love you", another snuggle, another deep sigh of letting the past stay where it belongs. Songs with children and grandchildren, because there is always music in the Perry home. Visits from friends and people who've gotten back in touch. Lots of love and unbelievable generosity.  

Chemotherapy has helped make that possible. Now, it's over, and hospice care has begun.

Email and phone calls are hard for her to manage, but letters and flowers are always welcome.

The memorial service, when the time comes, will be in Maryland.

Posted on July 28, 2015

Posted on July 28, 2015

Much to everyone's surprise, chemotherapy has been a real boon to Linda's quality of life. She's been able to completely come off of pain medication, which gives her alertness and the ability to engage in the deep and meaningful conversations she very much enjoys. Chemo took her hair, but she's found a wig that suits her really well and when it's on, she says, "cancer schmancer" and faces the day. Chemo has also, however, exacerbated her gastrointestinal flu-like symptoms, leaving her exhausted. Her days are spent at one or two doctor visits and then back to bed. (So, if you want to see her, it has to be at her house, and bring soup.)
The daughter and son-in-law she lives with continue to go to great lengths to keep her comfortable and well-cared for. They also keep her stocked with movies and entertainment. One of her daughters also arranged a taxi and cleaning service for her, as she can no longer drive, and simple cleaning tasks are beyond her ability.

Her other daughters have both been to visit again, surrounding her with the laughter of her grandchildren and saying the important things that had been left unsaid. 

She's quite motivated by the progress, and now that it is relatively painless, she hopes to extend her time as long as humanly possible. Since the diagnosis in April, it's been wonderful having visits, phone calls, cards and care packages.

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