Thousands of people were touched by a video of a 106-year-old woman who visited the White House and danced with the Obamas, and now, they can give something back to her in return.People close to Virginia Mc Laurin have set up a fundraising page to raise money for her, with an initial goal of ,000. The extra money could help her move to a nicer, more accessible apartment, as her current building has uneven steps and has been infected with bedbugs in the past.Two years later, the family had just about settled in the small village of Hova, in south-central Sweden, and were observing Ramadan when the rejection letter came.While the family avoided telling her, the constant grief from her granddaughters made her suspicious.'My sisters were crying,' explained 22-year-old Mohammed Uzbeki. ''' The family says that soon after she understood her request was denied, her health started deteriorating and she suffered a debilitating stroke.She still lives on her own and eats lunch out at restaurants multiple days a week. She grew up on a farm, which she said she loved, even if she didn't appreciate it at the time because of the work.
Ms Uzbeki and her family made headlines in 2015, when the frail grandmother arrived in a migrant camp in Croatia, and she spoke to local media of her dream to reunite with her grandchildren in Sweden.
Mc Laurin, who grew up in a sharecropping family, has lived on the same block in Washington, D. It could also help her with groceries and transportation—or even future cell phone bills, as she currently doesn’t have one.
Mildred Ryan remembers using a hand-cranked automobile to go to church on Sundays.
At 103 years old, she met Franklin Boner and Arthur Sterling at Tee Jaye's restaurant one Thursday. Sterling said Ryan is about the same age his mom would have been if she was still alive. "My playmates was two pet dogs and wherever the dogs were, I was, and where I was, the dogs was, and sure to find the three of us together," Ryan said.
"I've sort of adopted her as my mom," Sterling said. After being an only child, she got a brother and a sister.