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Monday, March 21, 2011

Update Monday and Austin

The boys are on Spring Break- FINALLY. :) I am always sooo happy for Spring Break and thrilled when the school year ends, but this year is the last year of elementary for my oldest and I find more often than not I am fighting back the tears that he is growing up too fast. I love him so much and getting out of elementary seems only a hop, skip, and a jump away from graduating and moving out. I can't imagine my days without him. Darn kids- why can't they just stay little. They always have to break your heart, even when you are amazing proud of them.

Onto more important things than my motherly woes- there is a little boy, named Austin, who would use your help.

Not long ago this was Austin when he was very sick. He still needs to have a transplant and you can help. As a mom my heart goes out to his family. I can't imagine being in his mother's shoes. Please read his info below and check out the other blogs participating in helping this child.

Austin is an amazing little three year old in need of a kidney transplant. Last summer he contracted a deadly strain of E. coli that caused his kidneys to shut down and is very lucky to have survived. He has been through so much this last year with tests, operations, in and out of the hospital, and dialysis three times a week. It truly is heartbreaking how much this little boy has already been through. He is scheduled for a much needed kidney transplant sometime this spring or summer. They are currently testing family members for a possible donor. Cortney, Austin's mother, was hoping to donate her kidney but last week something in the tests showed up that will no longer allow her to do so. Even through all their struggles and trials this family and Austin have stayed strong and positive. They continue to be grateful for the good things that come their way. The entire family is amazing and inspiring.

Here's how you can help. While the family does have medical insurance there are a TON of expenses that will either not be covered or will still leave them with a lot of bills. The family and friends of the family are hoping to raise $50,000 to help with the transplant and anti-rejection medication. Crystal's Craft Spot is hosting a fundraiser. She has some amazing prizes! Prizes from handmade to big names such as CSN and even a pillow pet! There are some awesome prizes and even better we are helping this little boy and his parents.

I am offering 10% off any hat to everyone who donates $5 and 25% off any hat to every person who donates $10.

Donating can also get you:

A free pattern at Inner Hooker (today only) and an entry into a $25 Amazon gift card drawing:Click here to visit The Oxford Family Blog for details

And you can enter to win many more prizes here:Crystal's Craft Spot

You can read his whole story here: About Austin

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