Be Ian-spired!

For: Linda and Ian Dempsey
Organizer: Becky Dempsey
of $80,000 goal
78% Complete
Raised by 293 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

"Bring it on God!"

These were Ian's last words before being rushed to emergency with bacterial meningitis on August 31, 2011.

Ten days earlier, on the morning of August 22nd, Ian arrived at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS to be admitted for surgery to remove a benign tumor behind his eyes. Ian was informed that although not a risk free procedure, after a few months of recovery, he would be able to return to his position teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College in January 2012,

With a smile on his face, faith in his heart, and chocolates in his hands (for the OR staff because, according to Ian, they never get thanked), Ian successfully underwent a full day of surgery and, after a brief hospital stay, anticipated a speedy recovery at home surrounded by his wife, Linda, and their four children - Trish, Becky, Michael and Izzy. However, things didn't go as planned.

On day 9 of Ian's recovery it became apparent that something was wrong. Within a matter of hours, his mental state deteriorated rapidly. Despite this, he prayed for his youngest daughter, took a deep breath and placed his life in God's care. Upon being readmitted to the hospital, Ian became largely unresponsive and continues to be so to this day. Although he does not present with the wonderful gregarious personality as he once did, even in his silence, his warm and welcoming spirit continues to be felt.

Throughout that first year of hospitalization, Linda steadfastly cared and advocated for Ian while balancing the demands of their family and home - physically, emotionally and financially. When it was determined that nothing further medically could be done, Linda chose to bring her husband home.

This is where we invite you to become part of their story. Linda and Ian's financial resources are limited and we want to give them the ability to be mortgage free, thereby relieving any concern they may have about losing their home.

Ian has always been the sole breadwinner. As a result, Linda has been sustaining their houshold with Ian's Canada Disability cheque, the generosity and kindness of friends and neighbours, and their credit line. Although Ian has a pension, due to legal reasons, and limitations on income level set by the government who are providing homecare support (an essential support), Linda is unable to access Ian's reduced pension amount.

The reality is, Linda has been managing the household on aproximately $1500 a month. That stretches to cover the mortgage ($900), insurance ($200), utilities ($500), ongoing medical supplies and recently paying for home based professional treatments not covered by medical insurance ($300), property taxes, gas and car expenses, and basic living expenses. That is a tough go by any means, and Linda and Ian have been pulling through, but even with people's generosity to date, this is unsustainable and the risk of losing their home is always on the horizon.

We would like to help Linda and Ian by relieving them of the burden of their mortgage, aproximately $80,000. Anything we can bless them with beyond that would be a complete bonus and would help offset any other unforeseen costs.

Personal Note:If you had ever met Linda and Ian Dempsey, even just for a moment, you would know their nature. Individually and as a couple, they are always giving of themselves, blessing others, and offering support and encouragement to many. This is an opportunity to bless and encourage Linda and Ian along this journey.

If you are interested in following their incredible story further, Linda has a website:

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 1, 2015

Posted on January 1, 2015

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year! So thankful for all your support and making this fundraiser a success. You have truly blessed us. When we set the target as the full amount of the mortgage remaining, we were not sure what to expect. To come as close as we did is incredible! In the next 2 weeks I will be evaluating the best financial approach in dealing with the remaining mortgage which seems so much more feasible now.Two years ago when I was assessing our financial situation and the mortgage payments against the incoming and outgoing, I would never have imagined being in this position today feeling ever more confident that it will all work out. Thank you for caring. We will continue to provide Ian-spired updates on facebook and through my Ian update emails. If you would like to be kept updated by email you can contact me at [email protected] Here's to a great 2015!  Linda

Posted on December 30, 2014

Posted on December 30, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I reflect with a heart that is full of thankfulness. Although it has been a tough year as I navigated the emotions of loss and grief in 'what was Ian', I am thankful for what I have discovered in the pain; a new found love for my husband in the present. I discovered that it is hard to love someone when you see only what you have lost and as I let go of the past Ian, I fell in love with Ian a second time. I am also thankful for all of you who have surrounded Ian and me, and our children both through this fundraiser and in countless other ways. The generosity demonstrated has not only helped to bring the mortgage down but has lessened the financial burden as we move forward into 2015.
On a final note, I do believe in miracles both for Ian's recovery and the mortgage being payed off!

Posted on December 15, 2014

Posted on December 15, 2014

December 15th is Ian's 61st birthday and 16 days until the end of this fundraiser. We are an incredible 2/3rds of the way to 'retiring' the mortgage! It would be an incredible blessing and gift to enter the New Year mortgage free. Mortgage free means not going further into debt to pay for day to day living expenses and the additional medical and care expenses for Ian. As we enter into the final stretch of this fundraiser, we would like to express our gratitude to every one of you who financially supported us and who faithfully spread the word. Remember even $15 and 1800 people can bring this to a close. As a wise person once said; "It's not over until it is over and even then it is not over". This is actually an expression of hope and as we move into 2015, may it be a year full of faith, hope, and love for each one of you.

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