Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We can not thank you all enough for the overwhelming support!

I want to make mention of all of the creative ways that our friends and family from all over the Country are teaming together to help Lila.

1.  SEATTLE!  Annicka is our 10 year old niece, and is the most creative child I have ever met!  She wanted to help raise money for Lila, so decided to sell her version of the Ugly Doll and call them Lila Dolls (photos throughout this posting).  We have had multiple orders here in Reno, not to mention the orders that have been placed in Seattle.  That means that Annicka has now raised $240 for Lila's stem cell treatment.  Thank you Annicka...  We are very lucky to have you in our lives!
The 5 photos in this post are already taken, but if you would like to order a new one, let me know.  They are $15, and we do not know what you will get, as they are all different :-)

2.  CHICAGO!  A dear friend of mine sent me an email earlier this week saying that her son wanted to help out Lila.  It is his birthday soon and every year he chooses a charity for all of his friends to give to, in lieu of birthday gifts.  This year he would like for his charity to be Lila :-)  It warms my heart to know that children in our world today can be so wonderful and giving!  We have already seen a donation or two through the Jonah's birthday fund, which have helped Lila to get one step closer to her stem cell treatment :-)  Thank you to Laurie and Bill for giving this wonderful gift to their son, and thank you to Jonah for being such a great kid!!!!

My sister is contemplating putting together a vendor fair in the Western suburbs of Chicago, or doing something with her church.  Whatever it will be, Meredith, we thank you for your support!

3.  RENO!  We have the greatest church family ever, here in Reno.  The love and support we receive is insurmountable.  Many of our friends through church have been unbelievably generous with their donations, as well as the support they have provided in our fund-raising efforts.  First off, Crossfit Initiative, Ty and Soupha's gym on the south side of town, has put together 4 teams for the dodgeball tournament, is having a fund-raiser for Lila on April 8th at the gym, and (through a mutual friend of ours, and a dedicated gym member) we have received a very generous donation that was very selfless and special.  A kind act that we will remember for a long time to come.
***JKH photography is also on the road to giving!  Justine is donating 75% of all of her April photography proceeds to Lila!  She is offering three Saturday, 1-hour photography sessions, at three different local outdoor locations throughout the month of April, for only $75.  She is taking reservations for full photography sessions throughout the month as well.  Be sure to book your Spring photos now, as the sessions are filling up quickly!  or
***Dani Zavadil and Maridy Carpenter have jumped on board in helping to make a few purses to raise money for Lila.  This has been an unbelievable load off of my shoulders, as I was in over my head in purse making.  The purses they have made so far are adorable!  Be on the lookout for new purses to come :-)
***Mollie Connell is starting a magazine here in Reno called Urban Family.  The first issue will come out this coming May, and each issue will feature a local family and their story.  Well, Mollie has chosen us as her feature family for her first issue!  Her team came over for a visit a few weeks ago, and we sure enjoyed their company.  Looking forward to the Urban Family debut!!!
***Patty Orr, a dear friend of ours is a sign language teacher and has offered to have a sign language class sometime this summer.  It would be no cost to the attendees, just donation based, and fun for all of the kids!
***John and Carla Bennett own a Martial Arts Academy and are planning to have a kick-a-thon with all of their members in support of Lila.  I can't wait to share photos of Lila kicking while in her walker :-)
***Kim Allcock and Kimberlee Orenstein are donating space at Yoga Loka, this coming Saturday the 5th, for us to have a family yoga day for Lila!  Bring the kids and make a donation to Lila!
***Stand Up Paddle Boards, a local company our friend Doug owns, has offered to have a raffle/auction at the annual paddle board race in Tahoe late summer.  They will give away a kids paddle board with something specific to Lila on the board (her footprints, or something of the sort).  FUN!
***Great friends of ours own the Sierra Tap House, Old Bridge Pub, and Legends here in Reno.  They are helping to sponsor an evening event at the Tap House on March 31st with live music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and 30% of the profits for the night will go to Lila.  Thanks to Zach, Mike, Charlie, and Caleb!
***Lastly, the Washoe County School District is donating the use of the gym at McQueen High School for our dodgeball event on March 19th (thank you Eric!).  Matt thought we would maybe be able to rally 10 teams for the event, however it looks like we will have more like 15-16 teams.  This will definitely be a fun event, and if you know of anyone that would like to be involved, call Matt at 287-4666.

Whew, that was long winded :-)  If I missed anyone I am so sorry.  I will catch you next time around, as this will not be the last thank you post I publish :-)

Thanks to you all!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to everyone who came out to play at Family Yoga day yesterday! I had so much fun teaching, and I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did!