Monday, December 3, 2012

And Sometimes We Make Requests...

If you've been reading along for awhile then you already know that we did Christmas boxes for Samaritan's Purse two years ago and last year we decided to keep it local with the Salvation Army's Fill The Kettle Campaign.

This year we are doing something a little different and splitting our donation four ways. Some are local and some are farther away, but each of these causes have touched our lives over the past three (or more) years in one way or another and so in that sense they are all close to home.

I'll be putting links to all four registered charities in the left sidebar for the rest of the month. If you're looking for a worthwhile cause to donate to this Christmas season, I would ask that you please consider a donation to one of them.

– L.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

For little Squirtle who takes excellent care of Uncle P.  and for which I am eternally grateful.

You can donate here (or if you are donating in the United States here).

The Canadian Diabetes Association

For an old friend who got in touch and answered my questions when I was still so worried about Nate

You can donate here (or if you are donating in the United States here).

CrossBridge Family Ministries 

For Mason and the families of the 1/100 children everywhere who are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Everyone should have someone like CrossBridge on their side in a crisis.

CrossBridge helped out Mason's family following his emergency transport and surgery, and if you aren't familiar with their story you can read about it here.

They provided a home for us to stay in during Mason's surgery, brought meals to the home, brought us meal tickets to the cafeteria, visited us and called us regularly. They're simply amazing. 
– Mason's Mommy 

You can donate here.

Children's Brain Tumor Research Foundation 

For Tristan and his family.

The CBTRF focuses on brain tumors that affect children, which are different than brain tumors in adults and is an area that is underfunded in general when it comes to children's cancer research – particularly rare forms of tumors like Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors or AT/RT.

AT/RT has a 10% survival rate. It's aggressive and cruel and it kills kids under the age of five 90% of the time. It was my privilege to pray for Tristan and it's my privilege now to try to raise some money to help out with research so that surgeons and science someday will know how to heal AT/RT. Tristan died May 25, 2011 following a period of remission and after it was discovered tumors had reappeared and were inoperable. He had a glorious crown of red hair like his Mommy and his big sister, and cheeks you could kiss for weeks. I never met him in person and I've never met his family in person either, but I am mindful to hold my babies closer and am thankful for all of the minutes I get – even when my boys are driving me sideways – because of Tristan. He was a bit of a firecracker too.

You can donate here

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