I’d love to share a story with you. Now stay with me here, because this anecdote takes a few interesting twists and turns – with a joyous beginning, a bitter middle, and an ending that remains a mystery. Only your generous support can bring the story to a triumphant close.
My story begins with Br. Luke – 83 years old, sharp as a tack, and living with 21 of his fellow elderly and disabled Brothers in our largest Marist Brothers’ retirement home. He’s one tough cookie, our Br. Luke! I’ve never seen him turn away from a problem until he finds a solution.
During the past few years, Br. Luke has faced more than his fair share of problems. First he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and then he had to battle through the nerve disorder’s progressing symptoms.
Not willing to simply accept the increasing weakness, difficulty walking, stiff muscles, and tremors, Br. Luke hit the Internet for answers. Just a few clicks into his fact-finding mission, he discovered the Theracycle 200 stationary bike. The bike uses what’s called “forced exercise” to slow down symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
There was only one problem. The bike costs $5,027 – far beyond our means.
Oh, Br. Luke understood our financial limitations, but I could see his disappointment. For the first time, it seemed like Br. Luke was resigning himself to the inevitable without question.
There is one way to turn this situation around. I need your generous support to raise the $5,027. So today I humbly ask for your help. A gift of $15 or more will go a long way in helping make this purchase.
Your gift – in whatever amount you can afford – will mean so much!
Perhaps it would help if I briefly explained why the Theracycle 200 is so pricey. This is no ordinary stationary bicycle! It’s a motor-driven stationary bicycle that provides a full-body workout. The rider straps his feet into the custom-crafted support pedals, turns on the motor, and grabs the handlebars. The pedals move in a circular pattern, up to 90 RPM, “forcing” the rider’s leg muscles to exercise. The handlebars begin a push/pull motion, “forcing” the rider’s core muscles to workout.
And that is how forced exercise works – which despite its somewhat harsh name, is actually gentle, painless, and extremely beneficial for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
But, how does my story end? Does Br. Luke get his motorized stationary bike? Just as Easter brings hope for tomorrow, I have faith that you will send a special gift and bring Br. Luke a “happy ever after” ending.
Any gift you send will make a difference. Think of the two nickels traveling with my letter. One nickel buys almost nothing. Two nickels double my total and might buy just a little something. In the same way, if every Marist Brothers friend sends what they can, I’ll keep doubling my total until I have the full $5,027 needed to buy the Theracycle 200.
As soon as your gift arrives, the Brothers and I will want to thank God for your support. So please, complete the enclosed prayer intention slip and send it along with your donation. The Brothers and I will include your prayer intentions during a special Easter Mass that will be offered in honor of you and your loved ones.
Before I sign off, I want to wish you an Easter that is bright, happy, and filled with the contentment of Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful day to celebrate all that Christ has done for us.
God bless you for your kind generosity,
Br. Hugh P. Turley, F.M.S.
Director of Development