It has been a bittersweet week for us. After celebrating Liam's 1st birthday, this past week has been a tough one for the CHD community. I have learned of the passing of 12 CHD babies this past week around the country. 12 too many. It really got me thinking that our mission for TEAM LIAM stands at a crucial time. I know I haven't been so diligent in posting about TEAM LIAM progress and updates, but now it's time to get down to business. We cannot continue to let CHD research and awareness lay by the wayside and continue to be severely underfunded....my child's life and countless other's are in the hands of the their CHD's. We need your help...
Many of you know about TEAM LIAM, but many newcomers may not. Dustin and I formed a running team to help raise our goal of $10,000 for The Children's Heart Foundation. We will be participating in the Dallas White Rock Marathon on December 5, sporting TEAM LIAM jerseys to spread awareness and run for Liam's cause. Since it's inception a few months ago, support has been amazing. We have already surpassed the halfway mark to reaching our goal, having raised over $5000!! We would like to thank our friends and family for being an amazing support for us in this venture! I know we can reach our goal!
There are 3 ways you can help TEAM LIAM reach it's goal:
1) Join TEAM LIAM and run with us to help raise money! The Dallas White Rock Marathon has a full marathon, a half marathon and a relay team division. We need runners for all categories. To join, please visit our website at www.teamliam4chd.com and click on the link to the left "Run With Us!" Fill out the online form and you will receive an email with details on how to get started.
2) Donate online at our giving page at www.firstgiving.com/teamliam2010. It is 100% secure and your donation is tax deductible - the money goes straight to the Children's Heart Foundation. There is also information on that page if you wish to mail in a donation.
3) Help us to rally corporate sponsors, by sending them our Corporate Sponsorship form for donation. Visit www.teamliam4chd.com and click on the "Donate Now - Corporate Sponsors" link at the bottom of the page. You can then print or email the PDF that explains how they can donate and be an official sponsor, appearing on our t-shirts and jerseys.
We are also planning a couple other fundraising events. Texas Roadhouse restaurant, in our hometown, has graciously offered to host an evening to donate 10% of food purchase proceeds directly to the Children's Heart Foundation for TEAM LIAM! We are really excited about this opportunity - the date is still being set, but will be soon!
We are also planning an evening event with a silent auction and other activities in mid-November. If you know of any businesses or individuals wishing to donate items for the auction or event, please send me an email with their information.
And last but not least, I'm asking for prayers. Prayers for our family, on our continued journey with Liam, prayers for families awaiting the arrival of their CHD child, prayers for those families enduring surgeries, and prayers for the special families who have loved and lost a child. Prayers for the entire CHD community. With your help I know we can make a difference. Tell someone about CHD's - help spread the message of TEAM LIAM and it's mission. Help to create a better life for CHD families everywhere.
And I'll end this post with some pictures from Liam's 1st birthday! Unfortunately, we found out the next day, he was coming down with strep again at his party (as he sat in a corner of the room on my dad's lap the entire time)...poor thing. After spending a week at home this past week and being put on another antibiotic, he is slowly returning to his old self again...thank goodness!
|Liam in his speedy 1st shirt! Thank you Mimi for making my cool t-shirt!!|
|Liam and Grandpa...he doesn't feel well!|
|Liam with Mimi...no smiles....poor baby!|
|Party guests enjoying some arts and crafts. About to play Pin-the-heart on Sponge Bob!|
|No cupcakes for Liam =( But I did find this cute Leap Frog light-up cake - The candles go out when you blow on it!|
|Happy birthday my love!!|
I also wanted to share information for those of you who would like to offer support for the two families I posted about this week, who both lost their sons in the fight against CHD's.
You can visit their pages below to find information on how to give.
Thank you for thinking of them and keeping them in your prayers.