My friend, Michelle, from Down Blogger asked if I would share this with you:
PAGES 4 PARKER
ok…big announcement here….we need your help!!
Scrapbookers, crafty people, we need your help!
If you look around the internet, you are sure to find story after story of heartbreak. SO many people with so many needs. How can we ever know them all, much less help, when there are simply so many? I do my best to help in small ways, but my family is not rich, and my resources are much smaller than my heart.
One child who has been on my heart for several years now is a precious little boy named Parker. It was Parker’s cute face that first caught my attention, and his constant battle for health.
His health issues include:
2. Severely Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
5. Tethered Spinal Cord
6. Failure to Thrive
8. Bowel Obstruction
10. Down syndrome.
That is a lot going on for such a little guy, huh? If you were to read his webpage, though, you would not find yourself crying or sad. You would find yourself smiling, and find strength in yourself you didn’t know you had. If this teeny little guy can go through all of this, and still be SO tough, well then, *I* can do anything I set my mind to. When I am feeling sorry for myself, I read his mother’s words and recognize quickly just how lucky I really am. There is no self-pity here, just the honesty and determination of a mother who adores her baby boy.
So how can you help? What can YOU do that will make a difference?
Parker is on several expensive medications, and has already had three surgeries and many stays in the PICU at Primary ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hospital in SLC, Utah. And another series of surgeries coming right up.
Because insurance only partially covers ParkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s numerous medical bills and his medications, a special account has been set up at all ZionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Banks in the name of Parker Reed Hodson. These funds will help to ensure that Parker is able to get the care that is absolutely necessary to his overall health, well being, and quality of life. All donations benefit the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act in the name of Parker Reed Hodson.
Some of Parker’s friends would like to do a unique fundraiser for him! We think we may have a way to help raise money for Parker’s Fund without costing any of us an arm and a leg, or requiring too much of our precious time from our own families. A virtual craft fair!!!
One thing about the scrapbooking community, it is always up for a challenge. Folks that spend their hours creating memories and treasuring the moments will surely understand what it means for this family to be able to treasure every one of them with Parker.
From First Birthdays to Weddings, Baby Showers, Proms, First Steps, First Teeth, Ballet Recitals, Karate, Baseball…the list is endless…just create a page that someone out there will want to buy, and allow us to send the profits to this precious child and help take some of the load off of his family.
Please, if you can spare the time, create something beautiful in his honor. Make it about anything you desire. In fact, if you don’t scrap, but still feel moved to help, feel free to be in touch with us and tell us what you might be able to offer. Whatever it is, we will lovingly accept on his behalf.
OUR NEEDS TODAY INCLUDE:
1) AWARENESS of the project-Can you can help us spread the word to every scrapbooking mama you know? Help us make Pages 4 Parker a huge success. Send this information to everyone you know, ask them to forward it, too. If you can, print off the information and take it to your local crafting stores.
2) PRAYER WARRIORS- Parker needs prayer. Remember him in your prayers every day, he is about to undergo some extremely painful surgeries. Pray for his family too, that they not worry too much and are at peace with his surgeries.
3.) Someone who may have the time and talent to create a button for this event for others to use on their blogs.
Parker’s next surgery will be this Friday, May 16th. Prayers for him to successfully make it through this surgery are needed. With Parker’s Pulmonary Hypertension disease, being put under during surgery can be dangerous. He’s never been through such a long or invasive surgery before. He will really need all the prayers he can get.
All items for this fundraiser can be sent to this address:
10865 North 6000 West
The items will be then listed on this website as well as on ebay. Check here often to get further updates!
If you aren’t crafty, and still want to help, maybe you could make a small donation to his paypal fund. An account has been associated with ParkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fund, making it easy for you to donate online. By simply clicking Make a Donation here or on the button provided in the sidebar on the right hand side of the first page of ParkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog.
Scrappers…start your engines…and please check PAGES 4 PARKER.COM for more details.
On behalf of Parker and his family, thank you!