Saturday, May 23, 2009
I WILL CONTINUE TO ADD THE LINK TO SITES WHERE YOU CAN PLACE A BID ON ART DONATED BY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS.
HERE IS OUR FIRST BLOG POST, WHICH ALICIA AT ALTERED BITS HAS SOME WONDERFUL ART PRINTS SHE HAS DONATED TO THIS CAUSE..GOD BLESS YOU!!
THEY ARE WONDERFUL, STOP BY AND VISIT ALICIA..
BELOW THIS POST YOU WILL FIND ALL THE INFO. TO HELP WITH THE SILENT ART AUCTION.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ, AND YOU MAY GO TO HER BLOG TO SEE MORE OF ALEXIS. CLICK ON HER PHOTO FOR THE LINK...
THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS!!!
It was a regular beautiful summer day, August 16th, 2006- Wednesday…meeting my mother & taking my 2 daughters (Austin Rose & Alexis) for my youngest’s well baby check up and going out for lunch. While our wonderful pediatrician was palpitating her abdomen, I was anxiously voicing my concerns about cradle cap, crying in the car seat….never did I notice that our normally bubbly, happy doctor’s demeanor had completely changed. He finally took a step back and said “I’ve found something in Alexis’s abdomen, I don’t like; I would like you to get an x-ray & an ultrasound at the hospital…you won’t leave here today until we know what it is.”
My sensitive mother (grammy Stella) started crying…. I said “Calm down mom! It’s not like it’s CANCER!”
The day our world turned upside down!
By the end of the day, our fantastic doctor, Dr. Oriel, had made us an appointment at Children’s hospital in Seattle the next morning and was explaining some form of cancer called “Neuroblastoma”.
The next 2 weeks were a blur, our 11 week old baby was being stuck daily by needles/ IV’s, NG tubes to her stomach and going thru numerous tests. Once the biopsy of the “main” tumor was in, we met with the doctors for the new- Worst day of our lives…they confirmed she had a very large tumor from her left kidney, and adrenal gland, that was wrapped around her aorta and pushing on major organs and inoperable and many tumors in her liver and also in her bone marrow and leg bone. It was called neuroblastoma, a cancer that only affects 600 children in the US a year. Her disease was progressive, MYCN gene amplified, which put her in the high risk, stage IV, 10% chance of survival category. How can an 11 week old baby have this horrible, monster of a cancer?
Now, it is March, 2009. She has endured 22 cycles of chemotherapy, 12 cycles of radiation, an 8 hour surgery to remove her primary tumor, kidney and adrenal gland. She has had 8 surgeries total. 44 sedations, 9 blood transfusions, many platelet transfusions, over 600 shots and countless numbers of medications being forced down her. She also had a stem cell harvest done to keep frozen if ever needed. Her disease is now considered “stable” the only disease left in her is small liver tumors; which there is no guaranteed treatment to cure. We aren’t doing any treatment at this time, she still has tumors on her liver that have remained unchanged/stable for the past 14 months, so we are at home, enjoying each other & family & go back to the hospital for check ups.
Thanks to our loving Heavenly Father she is still smiling radiantly, laughing, sparkling & has one feisty temper in lieu of all she’s been thru! There have been countless numbers of miracles on the way and we are in hopes & belief that God isn’t finished handing out the Miracles yet!
Thanks to everyone who has allowed Alexis to touch your heart, and all of the prayers being lifted up daily. God is good, we don’t know his plan, every one of us has only a chosen number of days on this earth, whether your 1 or 30 or 50. Alexis is living each moment to the fullest & we are trying to take her example and do the same and be ready just in case it’s our last.
Please read Alexis’s story, sign her guestbook or leave a comment, and take the time to view this amazing little angel that God has graced us with. Thank you God!
Please pray for Alexis Grace…
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have decided to wait until June 12th to hold the weekend auction for two reasons..
One it is a long weekend with many being away from the computer and also I am sad to say there has been a lack of Artist Donations..
I know we are all busy, If you cant find the time to host the auction on your site or blog, I will be more then happy to host your art piece with mine..
Also you can help by posting on your blog and linking it back here for those to read the story and donate.
For those of you who have been very helpful, you are very inspiring to me not to give-up.
Thank You so Much for your kind hearts..
I really think if we all ban together for one weekend we can make a big change for this Little Angel and for other Children that suffer from Cancer..
Again Thanks for your Support..
Please send up a prayer for Alexis Grace...
Here is a Video link Jill (Alexis) mom had posted on her Prayer Site..
HERE IS THE INFO. IN STEPS FOR ADDING TO YOUR BLOG/SITE..
1) Silent Art Auction the weekend of June 12th.
2) A piece of Artwork to be donated from the Artist.
3) The artist can host their piece of art on their site/blog to be auction, or I can put their piece of art on my site with mine. If so, I need all their info. so I can link the donation back to them, I also need a Photo of the donation along with the info. on the art piece.
4) All bids will be emailed to the person hosting the art piece.
5) Sunday Night the highest bidder on that piece of art will be emailed for payment and shipping info.
6) The artisit donating the art piece will be responsiable for collecting the payment, shipping the piece of art, and sending the check/money order to Jill (Alexis Mom). All checks will be made payable to the Children Hospital (Seattle Children)
7) The shipping for the item can be handled 2 ways, The artist that donated the art can pay for the shipping if they can afford to, or the shipping can be added to the total of the bid.(Buyer must be told they are paying for shipping in the info. provided for the art piece).
8) If someone would like to send in a cash donation they can email me (email@example.com) for the mailing info. I am trying to be careful not to make the mailing address to public. Again checks are made payable to the Childrens Hospital.
9) post this link to Alexis, so they can read her story. http://prayerservant.org/ps_alexis/
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Click on the above Picture of Alexis Grace to read her Story.
Hope all is well...
I am on a peaceful, hopefully helpful mission. First I am asking us all as a community to send up a prayer for this little angel. I have befriended a woman online that has a very ill little girl with cancer. Alexis Grace is now holding her own, but still has cancer. Here is the link to her blog so you can stop by and read her story, Please send up a prayer for Alexis.
Here are my plans, I am going to be working on a Silent online auction for the weekend of May 22nd. I am posting this message on my blog to hopefully get other artisit to help and pitch in.
The weekend of May 22nd on my blog I will have a few paintings to auction off with all proceeds going to Alexis Grace.
Heres how I am planning to work it.
First anyone who would like to place a bid, will leave me a comment and then email the bid to me.
Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. I will email the highest bidder to let them know they won. All proceeds will be sent directly to Jill (Alexis Mom).
Each seller (Artist) that holds the auction on their site will send a check or money order MADE PAYABLE TO: Children's Hospital (Seattle Children's) AND THEN SENT to Jill after the buyer pays.
I would like to also get other artist to do the same for that weekend on their blog/web sites.
Please Post Alexis link with a little of her story on your Blogs, to hopefully get the word out and find other artist willing to help/donate a piece of their art.
If some of the artist are busy, I will handle all the emails for bids as they can be filtered through me if need be.
So I am asking all of you to Please join in on this helpful mission and DONATE A PIECE OF YOUR ART THEN HOST A SILENT AUCTION THE WEEKEND OF MAY 22 ON YOUR SITE AS WELL.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE A PIECE OF ART AND DO NOT HAVE THE TIME, I WILL POST YOUR ART ON MY AUCTION AND HANDLE THE BIDS (I WILL MAKE SURE TO POST A LINK TO YOUR SITE)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CASH DONATION FOR ALEXIS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE ADDRESS TO MAIL YOUR DONATION TO..THANK YOU!!!
I KNOW WE ARE IN HARD TIMES, IF YOU CAN NOT DONATE, PLEASE HELP BY SENDING A PRAYER UP FOR HER..
I am so hoping this will be a community effort to help this little angel and her family.
Thank You for taking the time to read this post!