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Supporting Parker, the IWK Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network

13th June 2012

This is my final post as a #MiracleMoms, in support of the IWK Foundation Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

During this campaign, I have been supporting Parker, a 10 year old from Halifax who was diagnosed with Leukemia. He is a cutie and a very determined young man, who can write a great speech, as you can see in this excerpt below:

Hi,

My name is Parker and I’m 9 yrs old.  In July of 2010 my life changed…I was diagnosed with Leukemia, a form of blood cancer.  The first 6 months of my treatment were intense, tough and sometimes painful but I needed to do all this stuff to clean up my blood.  I’m now on a maintenance program until Sept 2013.  Until then, I’ll take chemo pills daily and will go to the IWK monthly to get chemo in my port-o-cath.

The good thing about my cancer is that it has a cure.

Although my energy level is a little low, I did not miss too much school last year and I was able to continue playing hockey and lacrosse.  I decided not to play hockey this fall because skiing and curling are my real passions.   Maybe I should take up cycling!

Another good thing about my cancer is that NOW, I only do what I’m passionate about.

He is such an inspiration.

This is why I was so excited to become a part of this campaign and spread the word – it’s such a worthwhile cause.

As it is coming to the end, I am asking you to work with me to support this wonderful hospital. Every dollar donated counts and helps support this hospital. My personal goal is to raise $1000 and I need a lot of help getting there. The great thing is you can now donate via Paypal as well as the other standard forms of payment.

Please consider supporting me, the IWK Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network!!

Disclaimer: I am part of the MiracleMoms program and receive compensation for my participation in this program.  All thoughts and opinions reflected in this post are my own.

Support The Children’s Miracle Network and The Newport Family

30th May 2012

I am so honoured to be one of the #MiracleMoms and support The Children’s Miracle Network. I have come to realize what an amazing organization this is, and with my love of children, I can’t help but be touched by every story I’ve heard.

I would like to introduce you to the wonderful Newport family and their beloved Evan. Please take a few moments and watch this very emotional video.

Kleenex is mandatory.

As a #MiracleMom, I am also looking to you for your support of this wonderful initiative. Please consider making a donation today – you can go HERE to make a donation – any donation over $20 will come with a tax receipt. You can also click on the IWK Foundation badge (the specific children’s hospital I’m supporting during this campaign) on the right to donate. My goal is $1000 and I’m a long way from there – any amount will get us closer. How about skipping your Starbucks today and putting that $5 – 10 towards this wonderful cause?

You can also support us by passing on this post and/or by sharing my donation page via Twitter, Facebook and email. You can do this directly from the donation page as well.

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You can find the Children’s Miracle Network on Twitter here and here, and Facebook.

You can follow the Miracle Moms campaign, by following the #MiracleMoms hashtag on Twitter.

Thanks so much for reading and supporting me as one of the #MiracleMoms – I appreciate it so much.

Disclaimer: I am part of the MiracleMoms program and receive compensation for my participation in this program.  All thoughts and opinions reflected in this post are my own.

Introducing Parker – #MiracleMoms

29th May 2012

I’m working with the Children’s Miracle Network and IWK Health Foundation in Halifax to raise money for this wonderful children’s hospital.

Today, I would love to introduce you to Parker.

(Parker LOVES to ski)

(Parker with his favorite nurse)

Parker is a 10 year old boy who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. He’s such a sweetie, and every correspondence I’ve received has emphasized how lovely and special and humble he is. He’s been through a lot since since his diagnosis, but I think only he can properly share his experience. So, I’m grateful to be able to share a speech with you, that was written and given by Parker himself to a crowd of 1000!

Hi, 

My name is Parker and I am 10 yrs old! This is my dad Bruce…he’s my best friend.  

On July 11th, 2010 I had been in the hospital for 3 days and all I knew was that my blood was sick.   I had little energy but nothing hurt…I felt fine.   That day, my parents told me that I had leukemia. I started to laugh because it thought the word sounded funny.  When I found out leukemia was a type of cancer, I was scared…amazing that one word can do that to us in an instant.   The good news I got that day was that my type of cancer has a cure and that I will survive.  I would be in treatment for over 3 yrs but after that, I would lead a normal life.

Over the last 21 months, I’ve taken around 8000 pills which is an average of 12.5 pills per day.

My biggest pill day is 34 pills which is once a month…I dread that day.

I have approximately 6000 pills left to take which brings me to September 2013.  That is the month I will be done my treatments and I will be able to say that I am survivor.  The first 6 months of my treatment were intense, tough and sometimes painful, but I needed to do all this stuff to clean up my blood.

In the first 8 months of my treatment I made 70 trips to the IWK, had 65 needles, 20 lumbar punctures, 10 sedations, 4 inpatient admissions, 3 bone marrow test, 3 trips to the ER, 2 MRIs, 2 blood transfusions, 1 operation, 1 week in isolation, 1 birthday.

The last and the most important stat today is: 250 – that`s the number of items the IWK currently needs to purchase to properly care for us kids but currently cannot afford to buy…

Now, I am more than halfway through my treatment protocol.  I take pills 3 times a day and many of those are chemo pills.  I told my mom a few days ago that I feel like this treatment keeps going on and on and on and on.  That wasn’t a great day.  I was tired but my body could not relax enough to sleep.  I did not want to take my pills because they would probably make me feel worse for a bit.  It’s frustrating.  Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, I do wonder…“why me”.

What I want you to remember about me is what I do between the moments I take those pills…because that is what defines me… not my bad days…not my pills… not my cancer.  I am a normal kid.  I go to school, I play with my friends, I drive my parents crazy, I love to curl and play lacrosse.  My passion is to downhill ski.   I love to read and I am pretty good at math. I have amazing friends and teachers.

Since my diagnosis and thanks to the IWK Foundation, I discovered that I love to speak in front of a crowd.  So, I help out whenever I can because I can.

Here is what I am grateful for:

I am grateful that my type of cancer has a cure.

I am grateful that my parents never let me feel sorry for myself because I am more than a child with cancer.

I am grateful that strangers like you come together to help us IWK kids.

You hear that it takes a community to raise a child.  What I say is that it takes a community to raise AND HEAL us IWK kids

Just by attending this gala, you are superstars to us.  Enjoy your evening.  You are the best looking crowd out tonight in all of Halifax!!

(Parker and his brother before his big speech)

 (Parker in the hospital, IWK Health Foundation)

Thanks so much to Parker and Brenda (Parker’s mom) for sharing their story – I plan to be posting about Parker again soon. I am one of the #MiracleMoms and I am trying to raise $1,000.00 for this wonderful children’s hospital that has taken care of Parker and so many other children in Halifax. I would love to be able to help get some of those 250 items that Parker mentioned that the IWK desperately needs. I would so appreciate anything you can contribute and donate to help us raise this money. Every amount will help get us that much closer.

Disclaimer: I am part of the MiracleMoms program and receive compensation for my participation in this program.  All thoughts and opinions reflected in this post are my own.

Miracle Moms #MiracleMoms

15th May 2012

I am beyond honoured to be a Miracle Mom and a part of this wonderful campaign.

Over the next month, I will be posting additional posts that will introduce you to Parker and his family, and the wonderful children’s hospital in Halifax, IWK Health Care Foundation.

Parker is a 10 year old boy who was diagnosed with Leukemia in July 2010. He has made 70+ trips to IWK, and I’ll have a chance to get to know him a little better thanks to his mom, Brenda. I’ll be sharing more about Parker in my next #MiracleMoms post.

I will also be blogging about the IWK Health Care Foundation. The IWK is a “a tertiary care facility serving children, youth, and women in the Maritime region of Canada. The IWK Health Care Foundation inspires and celebrates giving to support excellence in specialized care for Maritime Families.”

Another aspect of this wonderful campaign is fundraising, and I have a personal goal to raise $1000 for the IWK Health Care Foundation. I can’t make this happen without your help and support. All contributions will benefit the IWK Foundation in Halifax through the Children’s Miracle Network. Please consider making a LARGE (ahem) contribution to this wonderful cause. I would appreciate anything you can donate towards my goal, and I would love to be able to surpass it!

You can go HERE to make a donation – any donation over $20 will come with a tax receipt. You can also click on the IWK Foundation badge on the right to donate.

You can also support me by passing on this post and/or by sharing my donation page via Twitter, Facebook and email. You can do this directly from the donation page as well.

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You can find the IWK Health Centre on Twitter and Facebook.

You can find the Children’s Miracle Network on Twitter here and here, and Facebook.

You can follow the Miracle Moms campaign, by following the #MiracleMoms hashtag on Twitter.

Thanks so much for reading and supporting me as one of the #MiracleMoms – I appreciate it so much.

Disclaimer: I am part of the MiracleMoms program and receive compensation for my participation in this program.  All thoughts and opinions reflected in this post are my own.

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