So I have eluded here lately that I've kind of got a lot going on...and I've kept quiet about these things, but will talk more about them as they come out. BUT, I can tell you about this wonderful cause I'm involved with called Caring For The Cranes. The Cranes are a family who I have the privilege of knowing. I had "heard" about them and their situation before, but to meet them just made my heart smile. I felt so blessed to be able to take their family pictures and to get to know their sweet spirits a little bit.
The Crane family moved here two years ago in a effort to help their son's heart....the altitude in Colorado was proving to be a hindrance to his health. He was born with a rare heart defect and doctors told mom Lisa she should terminate the pregnancy. Years later, Sebastian is still fighting for his life. His heart will eventually fail, but until then, they encourage him to live life to the fullest...and I can personally attest that he sure does. Sebastian or "Ash" has the most adorable smile and twinkle in his eye.
This past July, the Crane's oldest child Emmalee was having severe stomach pains and after several ER visits and repeatedly being told that it was constipation, mom Lisa put her foot down and went to Houston for a second opinion. Right away the doctor knew what it was....a soft tissue cancer. It turned out that the huge mass causing her pain had been in her body since infancy, silently growing and taking over her body. Since July, she has undergone chemo and will begin radiation soon, involving weekly trips to Houston. In support of Emmalee, almost the whole family has bald heads...
I'm part of the board of volunteers putting on the "Caring For The Cranes" benefit (which is coming along to be a HUGE family-friendly event), and wanted to share it with all of you, as I know the power of souls in action.
To say this family is in desperate need of support and prayers, is a gross understatement.
Here's How You Can Help:
>>>Visit www.caringforthecranes.com for their entire story and donate! Any and every little bit will help the Cranes pay for the immense medical burden, travel expenses, and any other challenges the future may hold for them.
>>>If you're in the Austin area, come to the benefit on November 16 (details here)...I'm selling BBQ tickets for $8, there will also be a carnival, an amazing silent auction, music, and more!
>>>Share, Share, Share! Help get with word out on social media using hashtag #caringforthecranes. Feel free to grab an image from here or from the Caring For The Crane Facebook page (which I'd love for you to "like" please)!
>>>Help me promote and advertise...Message me and I'll send you our press release and flier if you'd like to join the efforts in gaining exposure and publicity for the event!
>>>Please read their story and SHARE....I promise it will touch your heart and motivate you to share with others. Here's a little excerpt from it:
Having one child that is terminal and another who is fighting for her life, we try to keep close to each other and remember that with great sorrow comes great joy. One day our “happily ever after” will come but 'till then we will keep living and fighting through our trials, knowing all the while our life is also full of great joy.