Monday, March 21, 2016

thanks to You

Thanks to you little ones like Eleni will receive help and hope.

ABM lessons with Marcy
Eleni at ABM lessons

Thanks to you eight precious babies aged 2 and under are scheduled this spring for intensive therapy sessions with local Anat Baniel Method practitioners and/or to receive neuro-optometric services with Dr. Zelinsky of Chicago.

Jarrett, Help for HIE grant recipient

Thanks to you I was able to put over $10,000 into the Help for HIE fund, combining leftover monies raised for our baby Eleni in 2015 and those you donated after her death earlier this year.   $10,000 that will give families the chance to seek help for babies that cannot see or eat or babble or sit up.

Faith, Help for HIE grant recipient

Thanks to you families who feel they have lost all right hope for the future will have the opportunity to meet someone who knows how to help their child, someone who might say with Dr. Zelinsky, "Sometimes, with the right inputs, we can build a brain."

Malcolm, Help for HIE grant recipient

I cannot thank you enough, never enough, for the way you've held our family in the wake of Eleni's tragic birth and difficult life.  And, I know that these families who are now being touched by your generosity likewise overfill with gratitude.  Please know that your gifts, great and small, were most needed and are most appreciated.

With love and thanks from Malcolm, Faith, Boaz, Claire, Hannah, Jarrett, Elijah, Kaiya, and from Eleni.  


P.S.  I thought you would love to hear this report from the mother of a grant recipient after her child's ABM intensive, made possible by readers like you:
After 8 ABM sessions X is already calmer.  She is tense or extending or fisting less often.  She hugs to us when carried instead of arching away.  Now that she is more comfortable with how to move, motion is less scary for her and she's even added new motions to her repertoire.  And now that she doesn't need to put as much thought into physical things, I think she's actually seeing more.  She can roll herself over (with a little help) and is remembering the sequence of motions to sit up or lay down, although we're far from that!  We will definitely have to continue care once the sessions she was granted are over... nothing compares to the level of care she is getting, not to mention her therapist is head over heals in love with her and excited about X's attentiveness.  I believe wholeheartedly she will help X reach her fullest and happiest potential.  Oh yeah, and Monday, she cried for the first time.  And once more on Tuesday.  It wasn't exactly a typical cry, but it was a cry!  Praise The Lord!!!

24 comments:

  1. YOU, my dear, are a beautiful person inside and out! Thank you for turning lemons into lemonade (understatement!) and for thinking of others in your great time of need and loss. And thanks for sharing this beautiful, inspiring and uplifting news. xo

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  2. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Following your story this past year gives us and even deeper insight into how difficult the struggle is, and how hard won the success are. I'm glad we could help these families out.

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  3. How wonderful! Glad this community has helped.

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  4. That's really awesome. Thanks for sharing, Rachel...

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  5. This is really great news!
    Hubbs and I feel so honored to participate in contributing, last year in Eleni's honor, and this year we will lovingly in her memory.
    Prayers and best wishes to Faith, Malcolm, and Claire, Jarrett, Kaiya, Elijah and Boaz, and Hannah and their hopeful families.

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  6. You never, ever fail to amaze and inspire, Rachel. How very blessed we all are to have you in our lives. You are an incredible person who continues to reach out when most would be curled up, who radiates love and acceptance in a world that is so incredibly lacking in compassion.

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  7. Agreeing with everything SuzyMcQ wrote...YOU are Amazing & such a Blessing to all of us as well.. May God contiue to Bless all you put your hands to do..AMEN!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you for helping others.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this with us and the money with the organization to help other families! The report is amazing and heartwarming. I pregnant in the fourth month and always hoping the little girl or boy will be fine. We already had some frightening moments after bleedings and infections and I am soooo waiting for feeling the first movements - but I know, that I will have to wait some weeks for this special moment.
    Thank you for sharing all this moments with us! It gives me power knowing that there are people out there who will support others if anything will go 'wrong'. Thank you!
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I cannot improve on what Liz said in the first comment here but I totally agree with what she said.

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  11. How lovely that out of such a sad story, some real hope and optimism can also come. You make a real difference, Rachel.

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  12. It is so touching to hear that Eleni is helping other children and their families... I can't help but cry tears of joy over that.

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  13. My heart just swelled double its size xx

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  14. Rachael, you are an amazing mother, artist and author! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.
    Have a happy Easter too!
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, Utah

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  15. Rachel,

    Eleni's impacts continues! What a precious soul, and I am forever changed by my brief window into her world. Thank YOU for giving hope to other families through these grants. What a wonderful legacy.

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  17. Isn't is amazing how so little from people can grow to be so much? I am astounded that this fund grew so large! Happily astounded! I didn't have much to give but I gave a little. The hope these gifts inspire often translates into much more than the monetary amount. Love always is far greater than fear and/or anger; this said after the Brussels bombing.

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  18. Your work on this fund is amazing! Thanks for sharing the report!

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  19. Your work on this fund is amazing! Thanks for sharing the report!

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  20. Thank you for sharing the love that we all feel for Eleni with these beautiful children and families. In her memory: love on.

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