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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mission Monkey

A while back, I came across a blog with pictures of three of the most beautiful little girls.
All decked out in tutus.
And my all-boy-mama heart ached a little at the beauty of those girls.
Mama's Pixie Dreams: my heart fluttered at those gorgeous little pixie girls. Every single time I went to that blog, I thought oh, to have a girl.
And I got to know their sweet mama a little through blogging and found out that she is a total sweetheart.
And then, one day, out of the blue...they found out that their youngest has neuroblastoma.
It was like one day, she was writing about the normal happenings in their lives, then she found a lump in her little girl's neck, and then she found that her little Monkey has neuroblastoma.
That quickly, to go from Mama's Pixie Dreams, to Mama's Worst Nightmare.
A lot of you are probably familiar with this little face, thanks to all of Supahmommy's efforts to help his family.
This is the same disease that Jaden has. The same one that took his friend Ethan's life recently.
And now this little one has it.

Look at that face. That tiny 16 month-old precious little girl now has to fight for her life.
And, here's the thing: this could be any of our kids.
We can be going along with our everyday lives, with our small worries and struggles, but have healthy kids.
And then, just like that, we could find out that one of our kids is sick.
So sick that we don't know what is going to happen.
Think if it was your child.
It makes me ill to think that. I want to grab my kids and hold them tight and cry my eyes out...especially when I know that that isn't enough to keep them safe from something like that happening to them.
Are you ready to help?


First of all, pray for Monkey. Pray for her family. Pray for strength, pray for healing, pray for her doctors, just pray.

Next, go follow Mama's Pixie Dreams. That link will take you right to the post about Monkey's diagnosis.  Show your support in numbers. Look, I totally suck at knowing what to say in these situations. There really aren't right words to say, anyway. Just follow and tell her you are keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.

Now, Ian, at The Daily Dose of Reality is organizing a fundraiser to help this family. Because as if this isn't enough of an emotional nightmare for this family, it will also be a financial nightmare.

Look for his post next Wednesday, explaining exactly how donations and a raffle are going to work. You can follow him while you're at it, to keep updated on what is going on.  

But, for now: can you help?

Do you have something that you can donate?

Maybe you can work your magic on a company and get a big ticket item.

Or maybe you are a company who can donate. Make a big donation and I'll give you ad space on my blog, blog about how fabulous you are, tweet about, etc. And there are other blogs that would do the same thing for you.

I'm praying like crazy that my Cub actually wins the Baby Contest because I will use some of his prizes to help out.

But, it doesn't have to be something big.

Do you have an etsy shop? Can you make something?

Do you have a blog? Can you donate a guest spot on it? Ad space on the side of your blog?

Do you do blog design? Can you make a button?

Anything at all would be helpful.

Email Ian at thedailydoseofreality@gmail.com to let him know what you can help with.

He will also have a paypal account set up by Wednesday so that you can donate directly to the Pixie family.

You can also grab Monkey's button at Ian's blog or Big Mama Cass's, who created the button.

Let's show our support.



Blogger Ian said...

Thank you

May 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont have any cool blog design type talents, or own a company, but I would be happy to help any way I can.

I'll have to think of something. I'll definitely be supporting the fundraiser, and tweeting about it, and putting it on my facebook...

May 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't have any items to make/donate/create, but I will give a monetary donation....

I also have been RT'ing. Thanks for posting this. Will do my part!


May 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Shell for posting this. My heart is breaking for Michelle and that beautiful baby. I will be doing anything I can to help out.

May 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

I will donate.

This breaks my heart. I am a mom of three girls and just the thought . . .

My blessings and prayers go out to them.

May 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Your mom said...

I'll donate a guest blog spot and I can make a button if you can send me an image!

May 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Your mom said...

FYI--Grabbed your button!

May 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

The outpouring of love and support is just awe inspiring Shell. I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing community.

I will support in any way I can as I told Ian.

*sigh* My heart literally hurts. Between this, and losing Ethan and the updates on Jaden. My gosh! This just isn't fair! Damnit!

May 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey hon. Wow, wow, wow. This is amazing, the outpouring of support has been phenomenal.

Here is what I will donate:

--Top ad space on my right column for 6 months

--Guest post for any company on my blog. Will post up to six posts for them for one year.

--Custom wood letters {up to three}. They are mod podged with scrapbook paper...I have a pic on my fb page of one that I made...

Hope this helps some. xoxo and thank you for doing this.

May 8, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will do all I can to help. Saying prayers always...

May 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

My heart hurts! I am praying! I will be donating some shirts I am going to make....just wish I could do so much more!

May 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

This is so heartbreaking. They are in my prayers and I'm waiting on Ian's post to tell us what to do about donating from etsy shop.

May 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will try to think of any way I can help out also.

God bless them all. I will put a post on my blog to spread the word as well.

I just can't imagine.

May 8, 2010 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Imaginative Me said...

My heart really hurts for this family! I cannot imagine hearing those words from a doctor!!!
I can definitely help. I own my own business. I am a graphic designer and can design anything you need. I can donate 10 scrapbook paper packets for the cause, space on my blog, whatever else you need!
Blessings to all!

May 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Shell...I will totally help! I could not imagine going through this and I would want someone to be there for me!

I make paper bag scrapbooks and have about 10-15 that are done...I would love to donate those/sale to donate...whatever it takes! Just let me know.

May 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for posting this. I will pray for her and her family. I will put her button up on my blogs.

May 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

I am praying for that little darling! I just can't imagine how her family must feel right now...

May 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger I am Harriet said...

I enjoyed your post.
Wonderful tribute :)
Stopping by via SITS Saturday Sharefest. Have a great day!

May 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

My heart hurts for them! Prayers, prayers, prayers to them. You have done a wonderful thing here! I'll be looking for the post next week, and hope to be able to help. I have 8 month old twin girls, and when I looked at that picture, I got tears because I couldn't even imagine. Bless you for spreading the word!

May 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Crazed Mama said...

Shell, Has anyone started a Facebook pager for her yet? If not let me know I will do it. I will post all info on my blog and FB page. You know I will use my blog in anyway I can to help. Just let me know what you need me to do. I will be linking up to her story this weekend.
Rebecca (Letters from Crazyville)

May 8, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

The family is in my thoughts for sure.

Beautiful post.

May 8, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Big Mama Cass said...

This is so heartbreaking. Great post.

May 9, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Big Mama Cass said...

I am taking your button too btw

May 9, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

I saw the button the other night and cried my eyes out when I read their story. That night my own little Monkey and I included her in our prayers. I am going to grab their button and also email Ian to see if I can donate. I on;y have a few things that I can donate, but one of the things might be good for little monkey. Especially if she has to get a central line for medications.

May 9, 2010 at 1:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am praying so hard for this precious little girl. I wish I understood better why kids have to go through this. She is only 3 months younger than my youngest, that really hit me that things can happen.

By the way, Happy Mother's Day, I hope you have a wonderful day

May 9, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

I will check out his post Wed. for sure to see how I can help!! This is just horrible. We had a family friend who was just 16 lose her battle with neuroblastoma last year. It is an absolutely awful and aggressive cancer. I just do NOT understand why kids have to get sick. Definitely makes me question things sometimes!!!

May 9, 2010 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

My heart aches for this family. Thanks for posting about how we can help.

May 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Joy@TPMG said...

This is so sad. My heart goes out to this family. I will do whatever I can.

May 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I went over to Mama Cass and grabbed the button...I put it up high on my blog!

Happy Mother's Day lil sis! Hope you have a wonderful day, just like you!

May 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Those three little girls in their tutus made my heart melt too! I couldn't even imagine what they are going through.

P.S. I love your new look! Too cute!
Oh and Happy Mother's Day too!

May 9, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

This breaks my heart, I just can't even imagine.

May 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm stopping by from SITS (yay on your SITS day). I'm glad I scrolled down instead of just clicking through the links in your first post. I'll be sure to do what I can to support that sweet baby girl. I have three girls of my own, so it hits really close to home.

May 10, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Oh, it broke my heart when I read this, and I've been looking for the button. I'll be blogging something about it this week. I'm not sure what I can do to help, but I'll definitely be praying.

May 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Keely said...

I was gonna comment about how witty and fun this blog is...and then I saw this post. As a Mom of a 6 month old gal, I instantly teared up and almost woke her from her nap to hug her.


My thoughts and prayers go out to this fam...and I'd love to help any way I can.


May 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Carissa Mason said...

It is always so sad to see little babies have to deal with such tough things at auch a fragile stage of their lives. And I think those parents must be some super special people to be able to stay strong and deal with the turmoil that has turned their lives upside down.
However, people like you make a difference in helping to spread the word! Good job!!
I was just visiting from SITS and thought I'd say congrats on being the FB! You deserve it!

May 10, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger RN Mama said...

Shell, this is a beautiful post, and you are such an amazing blogger:) I know your site gets a lot of traffic, so I hope there will be lots of donations made because of your post!

May 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm linking my readers to this post, and I hope you don't mind. I wanted to share what this is all about, and I think you've summed it up very nicely!

Thank you for sharing!

May 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
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May 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

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