20 February 2011

Raising some green

In case I haven't made it obvious beforehand with all the talk of stem cells and the latest news and articles about stem cell therapies, we are planning on taking Liam for treatments just as soon as we can! While stem cells are the future here and it will be done eventually in the US, we do not want to wait for Liam to get older and his disabilities even harder to overcome. We want to help him now, while he is still young and has the best chances to improve. Because insurance doesn't cover stem cells we have to do fundraising for Liam in order to make this happen for him. Depending on where you go, China ($30,000), Germany ($17000), or Mexico ($9000) it's going to be pricey. We are planning on going to either the Dominican Republic or Mexico. They are both about the same price.  Again, either way, we have to raise the money in order to make this happen for Liam! While I am very nervous about asking for help, I know I couldn't live with myself without trying. Liam deserves a mom who is willing to step out of her comfort zone and try to make this happen for him. So, that's what I'm doing!

For those of you who haven't friended me on facebook or aren't even on there, I wanted to let you know what we have going on over there!  We've set up a page for Liam called Limitless{Team Liam}. Why Limitless? You can see why in the design of the tees! Why Team Liam? Because I mean it when I say we can't do this without the support of our friends and family! We can't make this trip a possibility for him without all of you. And because I've shared so much of my struggles and journeys with Liam through this blog, Liam's "team" of followers are all a part of this even if we haven't friended each other on facebook. It's got to be a team effort if it's going to happen.

So what does the facebook page have on it? Well, if you aren't on facebook here's what we have going on.

1) We have tees!

 100% cotton tees in sizes small to 3X. White with black lettering. Sizes small to XL are $17.00. 2X and 3X are $18.50. All shirt orders will come to me. If you'd like, I can mail them to you for $4.00. It's the same price to ship 1 or 5!

The shirt design is already at the printers! They are just waiting for us to get a large enough order in before they start. Once the order is placed it will take about 3 weeks to get them in. So I need ya'll to order soon! We already have several orders placed.

Just click on the picture to see it larger.
2) We have flower bulbs! Dutch flower bulbs that are 100% guaranteed. This is from a company that does fundraisers for people in need and they give back 50% of every order purchased directly to Liam. The bulbs will be sent to me and you can pick them up from me or I can send them to you for $4. Bulb orders can be placed all the way through April!

3) We have just your flat our handy dandy paypal donation button if you don't want any goodies and just want to donate. If everyone who reads this blog donated just $5 (the price of a Starbucks coffee) we could be there soon getting Liam treatment!

If you'd like to head over to facebook and friend me, please feel free to do so. If you'd like to just see our page for Liam, check out Limitless here. You'll be able to see the tees, the flowers, and a drop down menu to make it easier for ordering.

If you aren't on facebook and want to place an order, you can just go to the link in the top right hand side of this blog. It will take you to Liam's paypal donation site and allow you to order tees, bulbs or just donate.  Just make sure you specify what you are ordering and if I need to send them to you or someone else!

Please pass along Liam's page or blog to anyone and everyone who you think might want to help out. Please tell them that the money isn't going for my nails, my hair, or a daily Starbucks coffee. It's not going for luxurious splurges. It's going for the medical expenses of a little guy who fought the odds and survived only to face the cruel reality of severe cp and cvi, cerebellum atrophy and ataxia, reflux and failure to thrive. And it's going to a family that holds out hope that in God's limitless mercy and grace, we would see improvements in Liam through the use of his own stem cells as a treatment for cp.