When we learned that Oakes would need a transplant we were advised to begin to raise money for medical expenses. We are blessed with great insurance, but know that most of the medicines that Oakes will need post-surgery for the rest of his life will not be covered by insurance. We quickly decided to start a foundation in Oakes' name to raise money not only for these medicines but to help other families like us that have been faced with the scary reality of having a child with a heart defect, as well, we want to help fun research that will one day help our little Oakes as well as other children with congenital heart defects.
So, our foundation is official. It is up and running and it's website will be up in just days.
There are several heart touching fundraising event and projects that are in the works right now. I will elaborate on those later, but for now I have to mention the upcoming "Crop" that will happen on August 27th. There are several seats left that we are hoping to fill, so here is a little more info. The Crop is an all day event being put on by Greg's sister Shani, his Mom and Aunt. The main intent of the Crop is to scrapbook, but not everyone scrapbooks, and this is a group of creative and loving gals, so anyone that wants to spread out a project is welcome to join. I personally have not gotten into scrap booking, however, I love to paint and so I will be spreading out my paints and throwing my brushes around, hoping to finish a project for Oakes!
When I was pregnant with Isla, I painted a large canvas for her that has been hanging over her crib since before she was born. I started one for Oakes, but it just didn't get completed (I hear this is common with baby #2!?), but I am excited and determined to get most of it, if not all of it, finished at the Crop.
Since the Crop is an all day event, food and drinks will be served. I don't know all of the details, but I do know that Dewey's will be sponsoring lunch and bringing in their delicious pizza and salads. There will also be prizes that will be raffled off throughout the day, not to mention first hand updates on Oakes.
Please consider joining us!
To register go to the Crop website: www.cropforoakes.com
You can email me with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the completed and hanging canvas: