I’m turning 28 on Saturday. (did I just say that out loud? I seriously thought I was still 22… crazy)
I don’t want cards or gifts.
I don’t really care about a ton of happy words on my facebook wall (though, I obviously won’t turn them down)
I definitely don’t need a night out downtown or a fancy dinner at a winery.
I don’t even care for a piece of cake…
I DO want you to spend some money though.
Before you get all kinds of crazy over a random person asking you to spend your very hard earned money, let me explain a little.
There is a little boy named Ethan whose family is very close to my heart. I’ve known him since before he showed up here in this mean world, I’ve known his dad since I was 19, and his mama since I was 12. 12!! As in, before I actually liked boys for real, before I knew it was important to wear a bra every day, and when she went to visit her family in Arkansas, I cried because I felt like she was going to be gone FOR-EV-ER. Needless to say, they are important to me.
When Ethan was born, they found out he had a respiratory disease called Cystic Fibrosis. If you don’t know what that is… it’s freaking scary, and I recommend you read up on it. Here is some light reading material for later:
Basically, your lungs are at any given time, susceptible to filling up with mucus and drowning themselves. Any hint of illness could be fatal.
Scary, right? Now, imagine being an infant or a toddler… having to be hospitalized over a cough, having to be tied down to beds and forced to take medicine.
I would think it’s completely terrifying. NOW, if you’re a parent… imagine that being your child. Not knowing what you can do for your baby when you know the likelyhood of a “common cold” could send him into a lengthy stay at a hospital or in PICU. Imagine having to have every ounce of your trust in God and specialists to care for your child with a disease that until lately, didn’t have a very positive prognosis…
Because of the research and advances in medicine in recent years, breakthroughs are being made. There are new, incredible drugs on the market that help break down and thin out the gunk that builds up in the lungs. There are respiratory vibration jackets that help with breaking up the mucus as well. But these things do not come without a cost. Unfortunately, when it comes to saving lives, it’s always a high cost.
Organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation rely heavily on donations to support the families that are living with and caring for their children/loved ones with Cystic Fibrosis, like sweet Ethan’s mom and dad. They also help fund research for new treatments and better ways to heal this disease.
Which brings me back to my initial request. I want you to give money.
You can do it one of a few ways:
++ Book a mini session. $100 for a 20 minute mini sessions with $25 print credit and 5 digital sharing images and a Custom Facebook Cover Image. Held Saturday April 29th and Friday May 4th. If both days become filled, we will open up May 5th as well. There are only 5 sessions available each day.
Half of this session fee will be donated to Ethan’s Great Stride’s Fundraising Effort
CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR SESSION
++ Book a Full session. $200 for a full portrait or playtime session with $50 print credit, 10 digital sharing images and a custom Facebook Cover image. Many mid-week dates are available.
Half of this session fee will be donated to Ethan’s Great Strides fundraising effort
CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR SESSION
++ Donate Directly. If you’ve already had your family portraits done, if you don’t care to get them done, if it’s just not in the budget to have them done, you can donate smaller amounts directly to the Ethan’s Great Strides team here: http://www.cff.org/great_strides/dsp_donationPage.cfm?registeringwalkid=7841&idUser=380044
Even if it’s $5, please help them support this incredible organization that has worked so hard, and continues to work SO hard to save their little man’s life, as well as so many others.
I totally understand that a lot of you will find this annoying, this near-begging for your money, but the lives of SO many people can be made healthier, and lengthened by the progress being made with the help of our funding.
Here is a little video to help explain a little bit more why they’re raising the money: http://youtu.be/SXCnRxuum3s
I LOVE LOVE LOVE you guys so much!! L
Fine Print: all session price will have tax added for a total of $108.25 for minis and $216.50 for regular sessions. Print credit will be added to your account when your gallery is made available. In-person ordering is recommended, but not necessary.
Orders placed before May 7th will be available for pick up before Mother’s Day.
I do like cake, but I like healthy kids better than I like cake.