Abundant hope, faith restored & prayers answered

Abbigail is being honoured, supported and ultimately blessed in some of the most amazing and inspiring ways lately! There have been countless amazing people who have offered their support to our family and who have followed along with us as we go through this journey.  There have also been several generous and kind hearts that have gone above and beyond just support, they have taken time out of their lives to fundraise and help our family in big ways and for that we are eternally grateful.  There are also those rare few that truly have changed our lives.

For those of you who do not know, an 11-year old local girl, who was a stranger to our family just a few short months ago, took it upon herself to raise money for Kisses for Abbigail by holding her own fundraisers. She decided that she wanted to shave her head to recognize Abbigail’s fight, honour the children past, present and future who follow similar journey’s with Childhood Cancer and to help us raise much needed awareness. Her goal was to raise $1,000 before she braved the shave, and let me share with you that she has already surpassed that goal and we couldn’t be any more proud of her!

Chanelle’s Brave Shave started out as a huge idea in such a young but immense heart of a kind generous young lady, and now it has become so much more!

She and her family held a bake sale two weeks ago and it was far beyond anyone’s expectations. Everyone who helped went above and beyond and the overwhelming support of those who went out to the event was humbling. Because of the enormous hearts and generous supporters that helped the bake sale be a success, Chanelle and her family were inspired and wanted to do more. They held their annual Snowshoeing Evening at their property this past weekend and invited anyone who wanted to help their cause to join them and make a donation to Chanelle’s Brave Shave and they again fundraised for Kisses For Abbigail with heartwarming success. We can not thank this family enough and have no words to express our gratitude towards this amazing young lady! Chanelle really is a truly wonderful girl with so much heart to share!

Now with her impending big sacrificial head shave fast approaching, I can not help but feel nervous for her! I will be honest, I am not only floored that someone would go such lengths for OUR daughter, but that this is a young lady, of only 11-years old! We can’t imagine how difficult this would be for any woman, let alone a young lady! As Abbigail’s mother, someone who sees children fighting for their lives daily, who has grieved the loss of too many young fighters, this young lady’s sacrifice of her own long locks has not only inspired me, but has touched my broken heart in such a way, that I truly now believe in the power of prayers and the goodness of man kind. Chanelle you have changed me and I think you are going to change the world someday with your inspirational heart.

I hope as you read this, that you too are affected by her humble but immense gesture and that you feel compelled to show your support and make her feel as wonderful, beautiful and amazing as she truly is! On March 7th Chanelle will be shaving her head in front of family, friends and strangers to show her support for Abbigail and her fellow fighters.  She will be doing this I am sure with angst and fear but with strength and love.  Help me show her that she is doing something greater than she even knows or understands.  Please show her your support just as you have all these months for Abbigail because she truly deserves it for what she has done for our family and what she is doing for Abbigail and so many others.  Her brave shave is more than just a fundraiser for Abbigail, it is a true testament of the kindness and selflessness of humanity.  I have never felt comfortable with asking for support, let alone directly asking for financial help but to our family this fundraiser is more than that and we truly want to make Chanelle feel great about her decision and know what a huge impact she is having on our family and our daughter’s medical care.  This is no small feat for a young 11-year old, please help us show her that her sacrifice is priceless.  Donations need not be large, a small donation with a message of encouragement will help her see what an amazing person she is.

By following this link you will not only help Abbigail on her Brave Journey through Childhood Cancer and OMS but you will be showing Chanelle that she isn’t doing this alone!

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We understand that everyone has their own battles and their own financial burdens and we do not expect you to donate, your love, prayers and compassionate support is more than generous and abundantly appreciated, so if you feel you can’t make a contribution to Chanelle’s fundraising efforts, do not feel bad, instead please show her your support for her efforts and grand gesture by leaving her a message of encouragement or if you are local and can, please attend her Brave Shave on March 7th at 3:30pm at the Miramichi Lodge in Pembroke! Imagine her face and her fears melting away when she sees so many supporters.  My dream is to fill the place to capacity to let her know how much we absolutely appreciate what she has done and what she is sacrificing.

Abbigail’s supporters give our family hope with each new comment, message, prayer and donation that we do not necessary wake up with each morning.  Our faith in our community, our friends and our family has become clearer than ever when we see how much love people have for our daughter and with each new compassionate supporter we meet, our prayers for a better future for Abbigail are answered.  You may not come with a cure but you offer Abbigail something just as precious in her life; you offer her courage and strength in knowing that she has never fought a single day alone and that no matter how long her battle may be, she will never be fighting this on her own.  For that eternal gift, we will never have enough words or praise that would do our gratitude justice.

Sponsors Needed! Stand Up with Abbigail {CN Cycle for CHEO}

20130403-131113.jpgKids like Abbigail have the miraculous ability to spread joy, even during the most trying of times. We need prayers, she’s been in the hospital more than any toddler should be this past year but today I am pleading for more than your prayer and support.

In addition to prayers, we need sponsors right now. Abbigail turns three years old in just five weeks and she’s been fighting since she was just a baby and to be brutally honest, the road cancer takes you on is lonely, expensive and scary!

In Ottawa and the area, we are lucky to have CHEO in our “backyards” to run to when our child has had a fever for days or broke a bone winning that soccer game. For some families and children it is more though…for far too many, CHEO becomes a home, a place they find comforting not daunting. For us, that is what CHEO has become and for so many other families we know too. For our kids, this hospital brings smiles to their scared little faces as they receive yet an other round of chemo or are being poked for the fifth time this week. These kids find comfort in the nurses and staff that care for them and love them. The child life specialists here make their 8 hour visit go by quickly with fun, games and often surprises of all kids. Abbigail never fails to make them smile but they do the same for her. Just last week after surgery she I soared on seeing her nurse before leaving so down we went to the clinic and Abbigail quickly smiled when she saw her lovely nurses and she walked out of there hugging a new dolly they have her to cuddle on the way home. CHEO offers comfort to these kids who sadly require weekly visits instead of weekly swim practice or soccer games. CHEO is part of who they are and for some, like Abbigail, CHEO is all they know.20130403-131420.jpg

On our journey this year we found ourselves often lost, afraid and alone. It wasn’t long before we realized the amazing organizations out there to help us. The Ronald McDonald House was our home for the three longest weeks of our life last year. That home took us in free of charge and provided us with a loving caring comforting and most importantly understanding environment where we could stay together as a family in site where Abbigail and I were. William was able to see his sister and be with us. Matthew could stay with Abbigail late at night and walk back to the house rather than drive to hotels or stay with family further away.

Candlelighters Ottawa has eased the financial burden and given our family opportunities to spend extra special time together not worrying about cancer and its woes. They pay for our parking at the hospital; which is a great burden as you may know when you calculate our weekly sometimes bi-weekly all day stays. And try sent our family to see Disney on Ice in a safe environment.

CHEO’s staff saved our daughter’s life and are still working hard to bring her back to us to this day and Ronald McDonald and Candlelighters are lifelines in this journey I couldn’t imagine not having. They know what families like us and children like Abbigail need when we do not even know yet…for that we will forever be grateful ad for this we want to give back!

On May 5th, in honor of our daughter, her fight and continuing battle and her third birthday (May 6) we are cycling/walking in the CN Cycle for CHEO as a family to raise much needed awareness for childhood cancer and funds that will directly affect children like Abbigail and her new friends! Please consider sponsoring our family and making a donation in her honour.

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Let’s show Abbigail we stand with her, and with ALL kids facing cancer.

 

She is my hero...help us be hers!
She is my hero…help us be hers!