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    Default Special request for a bit of an emergency

    I know this belongs in the swap and sell forums (and i posted it there) but this warrants a little more explanation. Please bear with me, moderators.

    I'm selling a Marlin 45-70 guide gun for $450 or looking to trade for Alaska Air Miles to Seattle.

    My father in law was down there on his way to Pheonix for cancer treatment. He stopped in Seattle to visit relatives before going to his treatment and while he was there he totally crashed out. Coughing up blood, low oxygen levels, bad. They got him to the hospital but the doctors have told us it was most likely a one way trip. My wife is heading down to see her dad but her brother doesn't have enough saved to get down there. We're able to buy his ticket but would have to dig into the emergency savings. I've been amazed at the helpfulness and generosity of the folks on this forum before and I figured this was at least worth asking. If anyone is looking for a Marlin guide gun and happens to have extra airline miles they would be willing to part with we would appreciate it so much. If you cant do that, buying this gun would still be a big help, financially. We are in a bit of a hurry, so please call Andrew @ 727-0290.

    His prognosis was never good, but we'd definitely appreciate prayer at this point. It's been a rough year for her family. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    I know this belongs in the swap and sell forums (and i posted it there) but this warrants a little more explanation. Please bear with me, moderators.

    I'm selling a Marlin 45-70 guide gun for $450 or looking to trade for Alaska Air Miles to Seattle.

    My father in law was down there on his way to Pheonix for cancer treatment. He stopped in Seattle to visit relatives before going to his treatment and while he was there he totally crashed out. Coughing up blood, low oxygen levels, bad. They got him to the hospital but the doctors have told us it was most likely a one way trip. My wife is heading down to see her dad but her brother doesn't have enough saved to get down there. We're able to buy his ticket but would have to dig into the emergency savings. I've been amazed at the helpfulness and generosity of the folks on this forum before and I figured this was at least worth asking. If anyone is looking for a Marlin guide gun and happens to have extra airline miles they would be willing to part with we would appreciate it so much. If you cant do that, buying this gun would still be a big help, financially. We are in a bit of a hurry, so please call Andrew @ 727-0290.

    His prognosis was never good, but we'd definitely appreciate prayer at this point. It's been a rough year for her family. Thanks.

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    Sorry to hear about that.

    One thing to note, there are some hefty fees to transfer miles. They charge a fee of $10 per 1,000 miles transferred plus a $25 per occasion processing fee. Depending on how many miles you are looking to get, those transfer fees could add up to close to the ticket value or at least a good chunk of it. If you could dig up a loan from a friend/neighbor you would probably be better off.

    Good luck.

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    Curses. Well, selling would help too.
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    It's true that actually transferring miles is expensive, but you could have someone book the ticket in the name of the traveler without an additional fee instead of actually donating the miles.

    I hope you find a solution that works, sir.

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    The specialist got to see him since I posted the intial post and there's a tiny little bit of hope that he could survive the trip back to Anchorage. The doctors will give their final opinion by tomorrow afternoon so I'll know for sure. This could all change by morning so I'll have to wait and see. I have someone who's agreed to buy the Marlin if he can't make it back, so consider it sold. Thank you for looking and thank you for your encouragement.
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    Best wishes to you and your family. I hope everything works out

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    my prayers are with you, I know exactly how you feel and what you are going through. stay strong

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    If you still need help with or without the marlin let me know. Wish I would have logged on yesterday. Spent 9 hours at the ER with a sick wife.

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    this sucks...hope he's doin better! I know what its like goin thru somethin like that...my grandpa has been fighting bone cancer for 2 yrs now....rollercoaster is an understatement!
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    The Marlin has been sold. Sadly, the story came to an end at 12:15 pm today. The aforementioned brother in law got to be the last person to speak to him (over the phone) while coherent. It was too late to get him a ticket. My wife left today to help her mother with all the preperations, support her and help deal with the family down in Washington. What an amazing, strong woman; she is the one who her whole family looks to for support and direction in a time like this. Selling the .45-70 was a blessing to help with the cost of the ticket (which was extra high because Sea-Tac had just re-opened) so I thank you who all showed an interest.

    I have found the people on this forum to be incredible as far as the support, information, equipment and time they have been willing to share with strangers who share the same home state. A few people privately messaged me offers that floored and humbled me. I do not see a need to take you up on any of them, but I would like to express my grattitude and amazement at the quality of people I have met through this place. Forget Texas, God bless Alaska.

    Expect a post sometime later today eulogizing my father in law, father of my wife and outstanding grandfather to my children, Stephen Watson (Peters Creek, AK). If by chance any of you knew him, PM me for info on his memorial.
    God Bless. Andrew/(highestview)
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    Sorry for your loss. Wish I would have seen this thread sooner cause I would have loaned you the miles and we could have horse traded down the road. Thoughts and prayers.
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    Sincerest condolences to you and yours . I now exactly what you all have gone through and what is ahead. I wish you all fond memories, be well.

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    Condolences. I just lost my pappy in March of 2010. Still miss him, but we had some really good hunting and fishing trips.
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    I am very sorry to read this... I lost my Father Last Aug, Were it not for 2 women in the Boarding line, i would not have been allowed on the plane.. as my dad passed while i was standing at the gate. AK air and TSA were about to remove me, when they seen my demeanor change.

    I would have been more then happy to give you air miles. I will keep your family in my family prayers.

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    Golly. I have not been here lurking for a while, and just caught this. It hits home especially hard as I am in AZ beating the ever loving mess out of cancer myself. Holy Mother, I am at a loss for words. Dammers!
    When I go back to the Center this afternoon I'll stop in the Chapel and say a prayer. Have not felt a need to go in there yet, guess it's past time.
    Wishing you and your family peace in this time,
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