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Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. 

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Think about this....

"Coma…a medically induced coma…  Pat was in a coma… Put yourself in Pat’s Place… You are Pat.

You fall.  You are paralyzed, lying on the floor all night  until being found by your neighbor’s son who has come to walk your Labrador Retriever.

At the hospital, a coma is medically induced.  The coma continues for over a month.  It is impossible for  you to do anything…  make decisions, conduct business, pay bills and perform daily functions.  Your creditors, unfortunately, want their money even while you are in a coma and require long time recovery.

You fell in March, 2009, your paralysis, painful rehabilitation, living in assisted living and surgery continue until the writing of Pat’s Story in September, 2010….19 months….and will continue."

Read the rest of this story at www.ForPatsSake.com

What would you do? Do you have the means or resources to take care of yourself if something were to happen?

Pat's friends want to create an NAR Benevolent Foundation that would relieve some of the pain and suffering of tragedies that all Pats endure. You never know when you could be a Pat.  Think about it.   
REALTORS® are compassionate, generous and caring. As a group we have donated over $20,000,000 to others through The REALTORS® Relief Foundation that was established after 9/11. The Relief Foundation is a wonderful and powerful humanitarian relief fund of which we can all be proud, but it is not designed to support the REALTOR® member.  It is designed to support persons outside of the REALTOR® family who experience disaster.  It is for outreach-for others; not in-reach for the REALTOR® family in trouble.

Your help is needed. The folks working on this need 100,000 signatures before the NAR Convention. 

Let's extend that care and those humanitarian efforts by closing the circle of compassion and expending some funds for fellow members of the REALTOR Family…who have experienced their own personal Katrina’s, 9/11’s, Haiti’s.

That is why we need an NAR Benevolent Foundation…. join the Campaign… SIGN THE PETITION NOW

Here are a few other ways to help as well:

  • Print the flyer on the site and share with others or post in your office.
  • Share on your social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • "Like" the Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/For-Pats-Sake/112513308810231 ) and then click the share button.
  • Share with Local and State Leadership



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Comments (19)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


I am reblogging this and asking every member on AR to do the same! We help so many others..let us all help ourselves.

Oct 10, 2010 03:15 PM
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

I am reblogging this post, as well.  Great post, Joeann.  I signed the Petition and encourage us all to do so. :) Gail

Oct 11, 2010 11:21 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Thanks ladies. As of today, they have gotten less than 100 signatures from the online effort...so all your help is really appreciated. They are finding those who print out the petition (there's a link to it on the site) and pass it around the office or other REALTOR events is an easy way to get more!

Oct 11, 2010 11:49 AM
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Joeann, thanks to Jack Mossman's reblog, I found this and will reblog/support as well. Thanks so much.

Oct 11, 2010 03:09 PM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Well, guess I'm a little late to the party -- saw this on Mary Kay's blog. I'll be re-blogging as well and will print a petition out to keep with me.  Thanks for your efforts!

Oct 12, 2010 06:37 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Tish...not late at all....So glad you saw it and have jumped on board!!! As the quote says...each person makes a difference and we are appreciative of your support!!!

Oct 12, 2010 06:57 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

'Just got a Facebook fan page "suggestion" from Jon Zolsky on this, and couldn't believe I'd seen nothing about it on Activerain.  I see it's been re-blogged five times, yet still I missed it 'til I did a search today.  Thank you, Jon, for calling it to my attention.  I shall spread the word in my office.

Oct 18, 2010 01:27 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I signed the petition.  We have had several Realtor(r) members who have become ill and need assistance with medical and other expenses.  It is terrible that althout NAR boast about its size and power, they cannot provide adequate health insurance, disability insurance, retirement benefits etc.  We certainly pay a lot in Realtor(r) dues.. this year $469 for state and NAR... ouch!

Oct 18, 2010 05:17 AM
Wendy Betts
South Delta & S. Surrey Realtor

Thank you for the awareness - we in Canada need to step up with CREA and create a benevolent fund as well.  We are part of the one profession who often side steps caring for each other - peheaps due to the highly competitive nature of our service structure... But, it is TIME!  Thanks, again... Cheers, Wendy Betts - Vancouver BC

Oct 18, 2010 05:25 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I too have bookmarked this post for re-blogging.  Thanks for getting this out to us today on AR.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Oct 18, 2010 05:44 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Thanks for sharing this information.  I have bookmarked it as well to re-blog later.  Let's hope it all works out for the best and our efforts help.

Oct 18, 2010 06:44 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

This is a great idea.  I was thinking about the "WHY" don't we do something like this, when I was watching the Oregon Human Society telethon yesterdeay.  Loved the fact that the OHS can raise money for animals . . . but why aren't we doing something to help people, I thought?  Why don't you join this group:  PAY IT FORWARD  Then edit your post, and post to this Group.  I'm sure you'll get a few more eyes on your post that way. 

Oct 18, 2010 08:29 AM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Joeann ~  Great message to share with the community.  I will also re-blog and

feature in Cosmic Cow Pie.

Cosmic Cow

Oct 18, 2010 09:16 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Joeann - saw this on Carra's reblog.  Can't beleive that with all the reblogs this hasn't gotten more notice.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention.  I'll pass it along as well.

Oct 18, 2010 05:15 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Mary Kay! Many Thanks!!!!

Margaret! I appreciate all the support! 

Joan! I agree. We lost a very wonderful woman here last year because she did not get treatment for her cancer because of no insurance...so sad..but this could help with that type situation. I'm sure we all have our stories! It's Time!

Wendy! Yes...great idea! 

Patricia! Thank you so much. We can do much supporting each other and using our friends to help! I am so grateful!

Gary! Thank you! We can make a difference...1 person at a time!

Carla! Thanks for the direction. I will do that



Oct 18, 2010 05:25 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Carra! Thanks, friend! You teach me so much about how to play in the blogosphere!I appreciate it!

Leah! Thank you! This is wonderful. I appreciate your support

Oct 18, 2010 05:26 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Joeann, Great post to raise awareness and to get the petition signed.  Re-blogging.

All the best.

Oct 19, 2010 01:46 PM
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Joeann, Thank you for this post.  I signed and will re-blog this. Yes, let's spread the word.

Oct 19, 2010 11:56 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Gloria & Marzena!!!! Thank you SOOOOO much for reblogging and for the support!

Oct 20, 2010 02:52 AM