Popalock Charity was created in 2008. Popalock was initially created to help raise funds for my love one who was diagnose with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). This Charity helps raise funds for low-income families in need. PC helps meet the need to assist in paying rent, utilities, clothing, food, school tuition and outings for their children. Popalock Charity serves any families whose parents and/or spouse has been diagnosed with MS.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
The effects are often different for everyone who has the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment. Others will have trouble getting around and doing daily tasks. MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged.
Popalock Charity was named in honor of Robert “Poppy” Lamont Vercher, who was diagnosed at the age of 27 with an aggressive form of MS. A young single working father of 5, who was granted custody of 3 of his children, was now hit with a crippling disease, with no cure. The family had a difficult time finding programs that would help him in providing care for him and his children daily needs. It was times when his little ones would take on the responsibility of having to help take care of him. Therefore in seeing the children take on adult responsibility and not have an outlet was upsetting for me. Realizing that there were few or no organizations out there to meet or help their financial needs, from their daily necessities to fun outings. That is when Popalock Charity was created.
Throughout the years vary fundraiser events were created annually to help raise funds for Poplalock. Beginning with our annual March Madness Win a Date Pool. In the spirit of one of Poppy’s favorite sports basketball NCAA Tourney, we created something that we thought would help Poppy’s financial needs at that time as well as honor his spirit of life. As well as we creating our very own celebrity Lingerie Basketball game, which was held in his hometown of Chicago where all proceeds, went to Poppy’s family as well. In 2012 all proceeds from the March Madness went towards the funeral expenses for Poppy.
My last days with Poppy, I hold very dear to me. Seeing his face knowing that he was tired of fighting, but he didn’t want to leave until he knew that his family would be taken care of. On the night of him passing I promised him that I would take care of his family and other MS families as well. I let him know that his strength, love and security in life will live on in his children as well as in Popalock Charity.
Popalock Charity has been here for years, but our goal now is to do it bigger and better. Past years of Popalock, its been privately funded through friends and family members as well as fundraisers. We have now come to the point where we want to serve more families in the MS community. We are now working on qualifying to make it 501c3 Non Profit.
PC not only want to be able to help provide funding for their daily needs, but also for their future “The Children” taking a note for one of the all times most famous songs “I believe the Children are our future”. We all know that is one of the truest statement. I want for the children in our MS community to have a chance to be leaders and not be affected with what comes with living with MS.
By us creating scholarship funds to further their education as well as have counseling to help them understand what MS is and how it affects them and their families. We are molding them to be strong, loved and secure individuals that can one day lead many countries, companies and families.
We are in the beginning stages of what Popalock Charity can and will do, but we know that god will make it happen.