Monthly Archives: August 2013

Strangers Becoming Friends

In case you missed it….

http://www.sgvtribune.com/20130822/glendora-family-raising-funds-for-19-month-olds-third-heart-surgery

Carson’s story was printed in the San Gabriel Tribune today and was posted online as well.

We never want to be a charity case, or for people to feel sorry for us. We GET to be Carson’s parents, and we GET to walk though this journey with him. He has taught us so much and changed our lives in ways we could have never imagined and now he gets to touch even more lives. How awesome is that?!?!

Carson’s story is reaching people, complete strangers who just want to do anything to help. That . Is.Incredible.

Today I was contacted by Jacquie who is heavily involved in an organization called No Such Thing Theatre Arts. They put on productions and raise money to donate back to their community. No Such Thing has actually put together a performance in faith that they would find the perfect place to donate to. With only days before their performance the article in the news paper landed in their hands and they knew they wanted to help.

They are putting on a production called “Will Sing for Change.” It will be held, this Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Covina Bowl in the Pyramid Room, 1060 San Bernadino Rd. in Covina!! Tickets are only $8 at the door and I would love to see as many people there as possible!!!!!!!! Will Sing For Change

This is the flyer! Please feel free to copy it, share it, print it, and post it on every car you see!! Ok, I hate my car being flyer-ed too but it would seriously be awesome to pack that room to capacity.

Just a last minute reminder! We are having the car/motocycle wash tomorrow, Saturday August 24 at Lucky 7 Motor Sports in Rancho Cucamongo starting at 9:30am and going till we are done! THEN there will be a fundraiser at The Pizza Factory, also in Rancho Cucamonga, starting at 5:30pm. The owner has graciously offered to donate 20% of all profits to Carson.

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We will continue the fundraiser on Sunday, August 25 at Lucky 7 Motorsports with a Rummage Sale.

Now that that is done, is it too much to say thank you in every blog? I dont think I could ever thank everyone enough!! Thank you all who are helping us through this. From the bottom of my heart and the depth of my soul. THANK YOU!! You are all incredible!!

Fundraising!!!

Fundraising so far has been going amazingly well!!

Here is a calender of events we have going on.

ON GOING!!!

  • From now till Sept 15th we will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each for a chance to win a cake made by Gina, the same person who made Carsons amazing 1st Birthday Dr. Suess Cake. Image
  • We will continue to do direct donations through http://www.gofundme.com/carsonsheartjourney
  • A mommy friend Sarah is hosting an online my thirty one fundraiser for Carson! She is graciously going to donate all of her profit made from the event. The website has been set up and all purchases have to be made on or before August 30th. Check it out here https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E3604359&from=MYEVENTS there is a ton of cute stuff available!!

Dates for set Fundraisers are as follows:

Saturday, August 24: 

  • We are holding a car/bike wash at Lucky 7 Motorsports, 8810 Archibald St. Rancho Cucamonga. The car/bike wash will start at 9:30 but has no set time to end. We will need help washing vehicles, and we would also love any and all donations of towels.
  • The car/bike wash will be followed by a pizza fundraiser at the Pizza Factory, 12273 Highland Ave., Rancho Cucamonga starting at 5:30. The owner has graciously offered to donate 20% of all sales to Carson!!

Sunday, August 25: 

  • We will continue to wash cars and bikes at Lucky 7 Motorsports and we will have a rummage sale set up. If anyone wants to clean out their closets, garages, houses etc and donate items to be sold we can take donations all week at my house. Please contact me via facebook.com/rheanna2287 or rheanna.white@yahoo.com to make arrangements.

Thursday, August 29: 

  • Fundraiser at Clubhouse 66 in Glendora. I will have flyers available on facebook. Clubhouse 66 will donate a portion of their profits of all checks (receipts) that have a flyer attached to them. I will update with times as soon as possible.

Saturday, August 31:

  • We are still in the works of setting something up. If anyone has any ideas, or would like to host something please let us know :o).

There are several other fundraisers being set up so I will update this post as more details are available!

Amazing

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Another AMAZING fundraiser!

We had another carwash, this time at Clubhouse 66 in Glendora.

(Can I just take a second to say how amazing the owner and staff are at Clubhouse 66? Seriously, we gave them a release form so that if anything happened they arent responsible and the owner signed it then pulled money out of his pocket to donate, along with a few other employees. One whom just handed us the keys to his car along with money and asked us to just park it when we were done. These people are amazing, I highly recommended Clubhouse 66 before but now more than ever I will be so glad to spend my money there.)

Once again people showed their kindness and generosity, some just handing out donations without having their car washed, and others who I got to have amazing conversations with while they waited for their cars we be washed. 

Once again, my gratitude cannot be expressed!

Thank you to Clubhouse 66, everyone who came and helped set up and wash cars, everyone who got their cars wash, and even those who didnt. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!! 

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Great things are happening! Ok, well they have been!

I’ll be honest, I have been super stressed out. Having to plan to move across the country for a huge surgery is not fun or easy. I havent worked in almost two years and money is not something we have extra of. Add to that the stress of the surgery and having a baby on the way I seriously dont know how I still have any hair. However, the way that people have pulled together to help us has been incredible!

We have a gofundme website set up. We now have over $500 that has been donated and to be honest I dont even know who half of the people are. I think the theme of this post is my lack of ability to express my gratitude. I dont know how to say thank you enough to everyone who has donated! More and more everyday Boston is getting closer, and I am realizing more and more every day that it will be possible, and we will be ok. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who is sharing Carson’s story!! You are all so so so incredible to me. 

We Got Dates!

Things just got real, very real!

October 11th will be Carson’s first appt in Boston. It will be for pre-op testing including a sedated echo and blood work along with meeting the surgeons, signing papers etc.

October 14th Carson will have a cardiac cath.

October 15th will be surgery.

I still do not know if Carson’s insurance here will cover him. If it wont we will have to go to Boston two weeks prior to any appointments and get him on state insurance though Massachusetts. So I should hear back in a couple weeks from patient financial services and we can plan our trip accordingly.  

Wow, thank you!

Inspiring, hectic, exhausting, trilling, amazing, selfless, incredible, are all words that describe yesterday’s fundraiser. 

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In case you didn’t know we held a Carwash/Rummage Sale yesterday in a shopping center parking lot close to our house and it went better than we could have ever imagined.

I have always said that I try to focus on the positive while walking through this amazing journey with Carson. Yesterday just reiterated that amazing, selflessness that people have. It was so inspiring to see complete strangers stop, some of them just handing money out their car windows just for Carson, others stopping to see what we were rummaging find something they like, ask how much and when I replied $2 they said how about $20?

I’ve always been so proud to be Carson’s mom but seriously days like yesterday just bring tears to my eyes. My son is an inspiration to people I don’t even know. People are willing to bend over backwards for my family even though they hardly know us. I couldn’t be more proud to be Carson’s mom, and to be from a community that can come together and show support like they did yesterday.

I dont know how I could ever express my gratitude towards everyone. I just want to say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you to everyone who donated to the rummage sale and carwash, thank you to everyone who loaded up trucks, and helped us set up and clean up, thank you to everyone who helped with the rummage sale, thank you to everyone who helped wash cars, thank you to everyone who came by, who donated, who showed their support, who held signs, who have been praying, who were there in spirit, who care about my son and my family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! My heart is so full of love!! 

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