As you can tell by the name of this site, it used to be all about trucking and truckers. Well, life has a way of changing when you least expect it to. My husband, Michael, learned how to drive a truck in 1982 and has been doing that most of his life. This wasn't what he planned on doing with his life, but back then it was THE job to have.
Fast forward to 2012 - due to health and circumstances beyond his control, Michael was forced to give up life on the road. Over the years he missed birthdays, football games, family nights, anniversaries - pretty much everything. But trucking was what he did. What he really wanted to do was go to culinary school. He often talked about how he wished he could have done just that, but there were always responsibilities that wouldn't allow him to.
That's where I come in. When he had to give up trucking I told him to go back to school, follow his dream. He figured at his age it wouldn't work but we went at looked at a couple of campuses to see what they had to offer and he was on his way.
He is going for his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He has been at the top of his class and is very serious in his studies. Last phase he made the Presidents List, Perfect Attendance and Top Student and he is still maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
His class has the opportunity to go to Italy in a few months - except for Michael. You see, we checked with the finance office and it turns out that we are at the maximum for grants and student loans so there isn't enough money to cover his participation in the trip. I do have a full time job, but I am barely making enough to pay bills and cover gas for him to go back and forth to school. There is just no way I can do this on my own.
The trip is $4700 which includes round trip air fare and transfers, accommodations in Tuscany and Rome, hands on cooking classes with Chef Claudio Piantini, meals and excursions (tours of Florence, open-air markets.....) - He also needs to get his passport, which I think is $165 plus some to get it sooner.
I know that is a lot to ask for and if I had any other way I wouldn't be asking for the help. Anything you can send, a nickel, a dime, anything would be greatly appreciated (of course, Paypal does charge 2.9% + .30 so to send me a nickel you have to donate 0.36 - go figure ;-) ).
Please help me make this happen. He is finally getting the chance to follow his dream and I have never seen him happier.
If you are not able to help with a donation just sharing this with others that might be able to would be just as appreciated!