Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Boomerang

I have been thinking about this blog post for awhile, trying to piece together how I could express the gratitude that I am feeling towards so many people.  If you have been keeping up with our story, you know my mom had the idea to do a Mary Kay fundraiser for the helmet that Tyler needed but insurance denied.  Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the response we would have from friends, family, and our community. We even had someone from a local restaurant get in touch with us to do a fundraiser (stay tuned for more info).  I am overjoyed to tell you that through the Mary Kay sales and  donations, we have raised all the money needed for the helmet ($1,500)!!!  We are also able to pay for a months worth (1 hour/week) of music therapy.  This is another expense that insurance will not cover but we know that Tyler would benefit from.  He LOVES music and research has show that this can provide benefits in many different areas.  I want everyone to know how much our family appreciates everything and also our promise to pay it forward.  Prior to Tyler's birth, we had the ability to contribute financially to many of the causes that touched our hearts.  Since this is more difficult, we are committed to giving back with our time through volunteering.  I want to also add that when we got the news that insurance denied coverage, I was heartbroken, frustrated, overwhelmed, {insert negative emotion here}.  However, I was given yet another example of trusting God in all situations.  I would have missed out on this lesson.  I would have missed out on being a witness to the generosity and kindness that in today's world can often be overlooked.

Special thanks to:

Valerie Cole and Customers
Jim Cole and Thompkins Middle School Staff
Abigail Guessfeld and the Cardiac unit at Deaconess Hospital
Turonis Staff
Coffey Family and Friends
Roz VanHandle and Friends
Tina Pfingston and Friends
Oakhill Baptist Child Care Staff and Parents
the Most Awesome Life Group Members on the Planet!!!


  1. First I must say that Tyler is the cutest little boy in a helmet! I just want to pinch thoses cheeks, he is just as cute as can be. I am so happy that you were able to raise all the money that was needed for his helmet. You are blessed with a wonderful support system.

  2. Hi Ty

    My name is Jenna and I came across your site. You are an amazing, precious gift and special earthly angel. You are full of courageous, strength, determination, and fight. You are a brave warrior, smilen champ and an inspiration. You are a super hero, super trooper, and a tough cookie. You are full of life, spunk, joy, smiles, and sunshine. You have taught everyone about life, and the gift of life. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/champ291 I love it when people sign my guestbook. I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and other diagnosis.