Saturday, April 24, 2010

Remembering to Help

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As much as Chris and I attempt to plan out our evenings whether that be playing with Noah in the yard, or making a mad dash to get milk, there is always something that comes up that changes any attempts of a plan. Last night our, littlest dog, Brystal, had her ear fill up with fluid to the point where it could no longer stand up. So off to the emergency vet we went, and a over a couple hundred dollars later we were home. Brystal is our non-complainer we would have never known anything was wrong had that ear not started to droop. Chris and I continue to learn there is no such thing as really planning anything. Life can just be a constant curve ball and you've got to do the best job possible to catch that ball.

While we were there I seen fliers of charities I used to volunteer for. Counselors for Critters, Max fund, and Every Creature Counts. The days when I was trying to rescue every furry creature I could and calling my mom to help me up big trees to rescue stranded kittens. My heart is still there, but my time and energy has been diverted to other causes now. Now my days are filled with therapies, caring for Noah, researching foundations and charities, and trying to do my small part in helping other children like Noah.

My close friend Heather, asked me to write a piece on Noah and The Children's Miracle Network for Costco's Children Miracle Network donations for the month of May. It does my heart good to try to help someone else in anyway that I can, no matter how small that may be. You might just get to see Noah's picture at our local Costco here soon to encourage donations to help other children have the same opportunity to find their miracle though generous donations from people just like you. Please remember to give if you are able to. This is the piece that I wrote for Costco:

Noah Mitchell Warden was born December 23, 2008, weighing 9lbs and 1oz by emergency c-section. Noah did not breathe or have a heartbeat for the first 13 minutes of his life. He was taken to Children's Hospital in order to have a procedure done known as brain cooling in attempts to minimize damage caused by perinatal asphyxia. Noah's brain cooled for 72 hours after which time the hospital ran an MRI and an EEG to determine the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, the results came back with devastating news. Noah had suffered "global damage" to his brain. As a result the prognosis was grim. They said Noah would mostly likely never walk, talk, eat or even breathe on his own. However little Noah has beaten the odds and although he faces some physical challenges he is a living miracle. Noah's miracle has brought our story to all of you.

Children's Miracle Network is helping save the lives of children like Noah, by raising funds and awareness for children's hospitals and foundations throughout the world. Donations help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year. Every child deserves the chance at hope and healing. Please consider making a donation today, to help thousands of children have the chance to live, to thrive and to recover. With the help of a Children’s Miracle Network children of all ages and backgrounds can receive treatment for every imaginable disease and injury—from asthma and broken bones to cancer, chromosome disorders and even brain cooling like Noah underwent. Children’s hospitals are also on the frontlines of research, education and outreach programs that keep millions of kids out of the hospital each year.

Please donate today. Help another child just like Noah find their miracle. Thank you.

"Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it."
W. Clement Stone

Stacy, Chris & Noah