Today as you are making plans for Thanksgiving I need to borrow a second of your time.
Whether you are cringing at bouncing from the thought of seeing all of the Holiday people I hope we might all take a second to put ourselves in these shoes.
There's a cool little guy named Trevor and here's the story.
If you read nothing else I write or nothing else anywhere today please take the time to read this. Due to extremely grave circumstance with a friend of mine last year 2 states away I met a lovely lady named Heather via facebook but never in real life. She worked with the husband of my friend, and reached out to him, his work, and my friends 3 children she had never met. She is not a blogger but I can vouch for the year I have known her on FB that she is certainly an exceptional, human being. She went above and beyond time and time again to go out of her way to help the family even though she had never met my friend or the kids.
Now in a horrible twist of fate I bring you Trevors story via his loving cousin Heather.
“My 12 year old cousin, Trevor B, is going to be having heart surgery on Nov 30that UAB. He began having issues last year while playing baseball and it was discovered that he has hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy . It is a very scary procedure and there is a chance that he will not make it. If he does make it through the surgery he will be dealing with this for the rest of his life.
“Trevor will be in the hospital for quite some time (ICU for at least 7 days and another 7 days in a regular room at minimum). I am getting up a care package for my cousin (Todd B) and Trevor’s mom (Terra). I wanted to reach out to you guys first to ask that you pray for Trevor and his family in the coming weeks”
Ok people this means a 13 ( birthday) year old boy whose adventure in this world is just beginning is not only stuck in ICU isolated, far from home, loved ones and team mates but he is facing a life that will pretty much remove his love of participating in sports.
We know this world can suck, and bad things happen to good people and children become ill every day. It’s not right it’s not fair, but there is nothing we can do about it usually.
This time you can. I am asking, actually begging for you to send Trevor a card, if you have little kids let them make Trevor a card. If you can get your local High School Football, baseball or basket ball team to send a group card or picture with their autographs( which makes high schoolers feel super cool) EVEN better. If you have age appropriate books you are looking to get rid of, or happen to know someone who is an athlete that would ROCK.
I fully understand that right now the economy is in the trash and a lot of people are living paycheck to paycheck. I would NEVER ask anyone to do without to donate to someone they haven’t met. But I do ask that if you can, even $1 would make a difference. His parents costs to be near him 24/7 are approaching $1500 a week, and the type of parents Trevor has are a blessing because they are THOSE type of parents that wouldn’t leave little guy alone even if it met sleeping in the bushes to do it.
I have 380+ Twitter Followers, 1290 Face Book Friends, and between the 2 blogs I am guessing around 500 visitors a week. If each one of you sends just $1 and just 1/2 of you send a card. Imagine the support and love Trevor and his family would receive. I have watched the internet and social media do so much good for so many people.
If you can’t swing a card, a minimal donation or a small token, I understand, if this is your case I ask you to get with your higher power whatever it is, and send good thoughts to Trevor. If you can think of him during your Thanksgiving supper and send out a silent thought that’s fine, it will make a difference.
I have never met Trevor. Clearly that is my loss, the more I learn the more I find out what an awesome little guy he is.
Mail everything to his Cousin, Heather, she will be handling the mail and taking bundles over. I say bundles because I am optimistic that social media will indeed come through. I am not a power blogger or a famous person. I am just a chick thankful she was able to enjoy her youth and make huge mistakes and live on the edge, who turned into a Mom even more thankful, it’s not my 3 kids in there, with my world on it’s head scrambling as my heart breaks to let my child know he is loved and does matter and so many people care.
If you can donate anything even $1.00 like I said before it will be so appreciated by those that know and love him and of course by me more than you will ever know.
Last year my little Prince was 8, he told me to use the money I saved up for his Christmas to go help my friend. He said he had his mom and dad for Christmas my friends kids didn’t. This year he wants to pay it forward to Trevor. Yes my 9 year old informed me today even though he only asked for 2 things for Christmas to either give them the money I would have spent on one of those or to send the gift to Trevor. I spend every day in awe of my Prince who 10 Dr’s said would probably never survive, who was supposed to stay in NICU for months on end, who shows more compassion, understanding and humanity than most adults I have ever met.
If you are a blogger and willing to participate in a blog post for Trevor please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can click on the paypal secure link below to do a donation to help with costs associated with Trevors hospitalization.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you for reading along and hope you are moved to reach out with whatever you are comfortable doing.