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Give kids a wish come true

One of the great things about blogging is the ability to reach lots of people, and maybe have an impact on their lives. Darren Rowse of problogger.net is giving away $1,000 to someone’s favorite charity as a part of his Birthday Bash Giveaways. Today I get the chance to tell you about two of the charities that have personally meant a lot to my family.

A little history about Natalie

When our daughter Natalie was 18 months old, she suffered a brain injury after going into cardiac arrest from septic shock. She had a misdiagnosed small bowel obstruction that caused massive sepsis and the subsequent cardiac arrest. She was airlifted from the hospital locally to Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati where the doctors told us that she would never open her eyes again or come off of the ventilator.

Natalie and Mickey

Natalie is now in second grade and has lots of friends. Although she is severely affected by this, she laughs and smiles and turns her head when someone is talking in the room to her. The damage caused to her brain from the arrest is much like cerebral palsy, but since it was after her birth, her official condition is a traumatic brain injury. You can read more about Natalie on her site, natalie-update.org.

Here are our Charities

Our two favorite charities go hand in hand for us. Natalie was granted a wish through the Make-a-Wish foundation. This special group of mostly volunteers give kids a special wish that they would really like to have. This isn’t just for any child, but for kids that have life threatening or altering medical and physical conditions. They grant “wishes” for kids, whether it is a trip to Disney World, or an Xbox 360, or even the chance to meet a celebrity, Make-a-Wish can make it happen for these special kids.

Would you consider making a wish come true for a special child through a donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation? Any amount of a donation will help create a dream come true for a child with severe medical issues that might not have a chance for this dream.

Natalie and Mayor Clayton

In 2006, Natalie received her Make-a-Wish and was granted a trip to Disney World. Our other charity is called Give Kids the World Village. This amazing place is in central Florida and allows for families to come and stay, for free.

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 75,000 families from all 50 states and over 50 countries.

The Give Kids the World Village is beautiful and the neat thing that really touched us is that there are so many volunteers that go out of their way to make each child feel special no matter what! Natalie loved being there and going into the heated pool. They have special waterproof wheelchairs just for kids like Natalie!

So, how about it dear reader? Would you consider a donation to Give Kids the World Village or to the Make-a-Wish foundation? If you would, Natalie and lots of other children like her would be most grateful.

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