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Get well card requested for Spina Bifida teen

Children’s Hospital 2525 Chicago Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404 Attn: Garrett Grommesh Room 5432

Garrett's story

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Christmas Cards for low-income and disabled veterans.

Hi all! I work for a non-profit organization here in Ohio and I've started a campaign this holiday season for people to write in holiday cards giving thanks, words of encouragement, and wishing a Merry Christmas to in-need veterans. We are asking for cards to be sent before November 28th where we will then distribute cards to low-income veterans who are often alone for the holidays. A simple card can mean a lot for someone who doesn't have a lot. Many of our senior clients are veterans currently living below the poverty line and often are financially and physically unable to complete necessary home repairs, keep up with house maintenance, and obtain basic furnishings. We help these clients by raising funds and hosting youth and adult groups in from all over the country to complete necessary renovations like replacing decaying roofs, building wheelchair ramps, and building accessible bathrooms. In our 12 years of operating, we have helped over a thousand veterans and seniors decrease their chances of becoming homeless and given them an opportunity to age in a safe, secure, and sanitary home. If you'd like to send a card this season you can address it to: HARP Mission 810 Main Street Caldwell, Ohio 43724 Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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Mia is ten and just had her 5th open heart surgery and it did not go well.

Mia was born with hypo plastic left heart syndrome, and a number of other problems. She had her first open heart surgery when she was 22 hours old. Next one was at six months, next at three and another at 4. Recently (May 25th) she went in for another surgery to repair her valve then got an infection which basically destroyed the valve and it had to be replaced July 10th (the same day she was supposed to start her favorite camp, Camp Odayin, a camp for kids with heart disease) and now she is jumping over hurdles trying to get home and it seems like everything that could go wrong, has. Mia is one of the most inspirational people i’ve ever met and I want to lift her spirits because she is starting to feel quite defeated.

If anyone at all could send a kind word her way, it would mean the world. Thank you.

The address is:

Mia Ronald McDonald House Mentzer Room #10 1600 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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3yo Roan was accidentally run over by an lawnmower. Let's send him some cards

http://wtvr.com/2017/07/26/powhatan-3-year-old-severely-injured-in-riding-lawn-mower-accident/ (GoFundMe link in the article)

Yesterday, my good friend Melissa's 3 year old son Roan was critically injured in a horrific accident involving a riding lawn mower near Richmond, VA. Roan was raced to the nearest hospital an hour away from his home, then immediately transferred to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU where he remains in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Roan's injuries are extensive and life-altering. He has lost part of a foot and is missing a large part of his right forearm from elbow to wrist. Right now his right hand is alive and as long as it stays healthy, the doctors hope to be able to save it. Regardless, he is expected to have severe nerve damage. Roan has already undergone two emergency surgeries with another expected in the coming days. He faces a very long road ahead with more surgeries, rehabilitation, prosthetics and therapies.

As stressful as this situation continues to be, Melissa is due to give birth to her fourth child at any time. Melissa herself faces recovery time as well as the constant needs of a newborn, and those of their 1 year old daughter, Liv and 6 year old son, Colin.This is an unimaginable accident and we are all still in shock.

*Roan Sullivan Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

1250 E. Marshall Street

PICU, 7th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219*

3 year old boy

Pictures: https://localtvwtvr.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/roan.jpg?quality=85&strip=all&w=770

https://localtvwtvr.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/family.png

https://localtvwtvr.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/roan-and-older-brother-colin.png?w=600&h=602

UPDATE 5: *"He's out of surgery. They say he did great.

They are finished working on his foot. They will come back and check on it during his next surgery. If it is healing well, they don't think they'll have to work on it again.

They left his thigh alone this time around to give it more time to see what is healthy and what they'll need to clear away.

His hand is still surviving. His muscle and nerve tissue are also doing ok. He has some dead skin that they had to cut away. The more skin that dies the more skin they will have to cover later. The plan remains the same. Clean the wound again on Friday and continue to figure out what they want to try and do Tuesday.

He's resting now. Same thing as before. Critical condition in the ICU stable and sleeping.

Love you all

-Sean"*

UPDATE 4: *"Morning update. Please share.

He had an uneventful night.

They let us know late last night they scheduled this morning for his surgery. They just took him.

This surgery looks to be more serious than what I expected. There were way more people involved than I expected. It also will take much longer than it sounded like it would. They said it might be an hour or two.

So he's in surgery right now.

Please pray again.

I'll update when I know more.

-Sean"*

UPDATE 3: *"We made the local news <3 Thank you all for your support

http://wtvr.com/2017/07/26/powhatan-3-year-old-severely-injured-in-riding-lawn-mower-accident/"*

UPDATE 2: *"Update from Sean, Roan's father:

Roan was blessed by both a priest and our Powhatan bishopbric. Prayer is the absolute most important thing right now. It's all we can do right now. It was amazing and I'm grateful that they came.

Roan is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. The only thing they hope to accomplish is to further clean his wounds. If his thigh is healing well they may try a temporary skin graft tomorrow.

Every other metric is as good as can be expected. This hospital is amazing. I could not be more happy with all they have done for him thus far.

He remains in critical condition inside intensive care. He is only critical because they have him sedated and are breathing for him, not because he couldn't on his own.

It is terrifying but they say he is doing great.

When he gets restless he responds almost immediately to me and Melissa. They are keeping him awake enough to wake up from time to time but then we try to get him immediately back to sleep. He knows we're there and looks, he stirs when we sing to him.

He is so broken but still so beautiful.

Tomorrow he has a surgery to clean his wounds. He has another on Friday for the same cleaning. They'll also be assessing his hand and forearm to further determine exactly what is possible and what they want to do for his hand and arm.

If these next surgeries go well, then he is scheduled for a major reconstructive surgery on Tuesday where they will attempt to rebuild his forearm and save his hand.

His fingers have good blood flow. They twitch, they think he can squeeze, the nerves are still in decent shape.

His radius bone in his forearm is gone. His ulnar bone remains and that is the more important of the two.

If all is successful he will be able to use his hand, bend his elbow but will not be able to rotate his wrist back and forth.

They also need to use an unused muscle from his upper arm to pull down and cover his elbow joint. It's exposed and needs to be protected and covered.

After all that, they need to cover it all somehow with skin. They haven't decided yet how they are going to do that.

I am noticing new things every hour. Things I wouldn't notice or think of otherwise. Holding his hand has become part of his essential care. We haven't let go since we've been here. He has 8+ tubes from different IVs and medicine running into his little hand. He has tubes running into him everywhere.

Just looking at him is- ultimate sadness. It's beyond heartbreak.

Holding his hand is our most important thing here. He holds on. He reaches when you let go. It's how we can tell when he's about to wake up or is getting scared. It's how Melissa and I vent this crushing turmoil we have.

I know that just holding his babe has become as important as many of the multitude of sensors and tubes that he has keeping him safe.

Thank you thank you all for everything. We are so grateful for everyone's support. There's so much everyone is doing for us right now. I am so grateful. Melissa is so grateful.

There is no way we could handle this without you all. I've never experienced anything like this and I am so thankful. I've never felt more love and Melissa and Roan feel it too.

I just hope and pray we can all hold his other hand too someday.

We love you all!"*

UPDATE 1: *"Thank you to everyone who has contributed by donating, sharing, or sending love. It means more than you know.

Roan remains in critical but stable condition in the PICU. He can breathe on his own but they are keeping him heavily sedated to keep him comfortable.

He is expected to have another surgery in the next day or so to clean his wounds and reassess his needs.

His hand is still okay barring any infections. A lot will depend on the health of his extremities.

Thankfully, Roan is at one of the top children's hospitals in the nation. They have a team of doctors who are working with him to make the best recovery possible.

The worst part is that we are all so helpless and little Roan is so frail right now. Family from as far as Hawaii is flying in to help with the other kids. We are so grateful for them.

He could be in the hospital for a week, if not more. We are worried that the cost of the ICU and future physical therapy and prosthetics will be more than they can bear. That coupled with the new baby that is due any day now. So thank you again for everyone's help...in any form.

Please pray for Roan. Pray for his hand and his little foot. Pray for Melissa.

If you are able, please, PLEASE share this post."*

EDIT: adding updates

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[Request] My sister who has to be on chemo for her RA

So my sister (48) has been diagnosed with 6 different kinds of arthritis plus an as-of-yet unconfirmed autoimmune disorder. She is also a diabetic so steroids are not an option. They took her of work and put her on chemo. Some days she can barely move. She has always had a job and not working/ being sick is tearing her up mentally. She could use a cheering up. (Dont mention her sister requested it please. I want her

Thank you

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National Cancer Survivors Day

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day, a day not many of us would prefer to be a part of, but grateful to be a part off. None of us chose to be part of this cancer club, but those were the cards we were dealt and we played them.

I am a stage 2 Hodgkins lymphoma survivor. I was declared cancer free on Jan 7th 2016. I went through 2 1/2 months of chemotherapy, but escaped radiation. I was fortunate that I caught it early. Which is an important reminder, mostly for the guys since most women seem smarter then us and see their doctors regularly haha. But see your doctor regularly, don't be afraid to get something check if it doesn't seem right, ignoring it won't make it go away.

We are the lucky ones, I cry whenever I hear of someone losing the fight, we are all connected by this unfortunate bond, but a bond none the less. If you are going through treatments, you are not alone. I went through some dark times, but had some good friends that helped me through it. There's cancer groups everywhere online, don't ever feel you're alone in this fight because you're not.

While it is a day for us to celebrate, never forget the ones we've lost and the ones in the fight. Please support the charities of your choice, mine is Pelotonia in which I will ride in assuming a current surgery allows me to. We've come a long way in the fight, but still have a long way to go.

So happy survivors day to my fellow brothers and sisters.

Erik

(I had a hard time finding where to post this since many subreddits don't allow text, please repost in other places you may think it belongs)

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[Request] Send a free Valentine's Day card to a Texas Children's Hospital patient

http://give.texaschildrens.org/site/PageNavigator/Campaigns/ValentinesDayCampaign.html

An email is required, but you don't have to use a real one. If you do, the hospital will send you occasional emails promoting events like this for the children or ask for donations. You can opt out at any time.

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Update on the Mentally Challenged Young Man from Chicago who was kidnapped and tortured

Austin PO box 641 Cary IL 66013

His family reported that he is suffering from PTSD and would really like letters of encouragement. We can do this :)

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Reddit Help!

A family friend of mine's daughter was just diagnosed with multiple brain tumours (she's 4 years old). She needs something to do for the next 2 weeks while she has multiple brain surgeries. Can anyone themselves or have their kids send her 'Get Well' cards and messages to keep her spirits up?

They can be sent to:

ATTN: Rheanna 16413 105A Ave Edmonton, AB T5P 0V6 Canada

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Please help patients at Texas Children’s enjoy Halloween by sending them a card. It's fast and free.

www.texaschildrens.org/boo

This is to do something special for the children at the hospital that can't leave to trick r' treat.

An email is required, but you don't have to use a real one. If you do, the hospital will send you occasional emails promoting events like this for the children or ask for donations. You can opt out at any time.

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Almost 11 Ava with brain cancer request birthday cards!

Family, friends and acquaintances....anyone reading this. I have a favor to ask. An almost 11 year old girl, Ava, has been diagnosed with brain cancer AGAIN, this time the outcome doesn't appear to be great. Ava has made a wish for her upcoming birthday and it is quite simple...she has asked for LOTS & LOTS of birthday cards. If you could take a minute and pick up a card for her or have your kids make her some cards, that would be awesome! Cards are needed by September 10th. I attached her address at the end of this post. THANK YOU & please keep sweet Ava and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

Her address is: Jamie Thomas 202 Walnut Dr NW Bondurant IA 50035

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[REQUEST] Get Well Cards For My Mother Who Has Lung Cancer

My mother was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in October 2015, After a few rounds of Chemo and Radiation, they found other tumors in her hip and lower back. The Cancer has really progressed and I got the word from the Doctor that she only has a few weeks up to a few months left. She choose not to know this and I only request that the messages be limited to the 'Get Well', 'Stay Strong' variety. Every card will make her day a little brighter and anything that makes her happy is a step in the right direction! Thank you for your time in reading this. God Bless!

Please send the cards to: MARY ANN PARKER P.O. Box 52 Eden Mills, VT 05653

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[Request] Send an E-Valentine to a child at Texas Children's Hospital

http://give.texaschildrens.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ValentinesDayCampaign

It only takes a moment and it's free to do. Yes, they do ask for an email. No, you don't have to use a real one. If you do, you might get one email a month from them. For the most part though, it's emails letting you know you can do something for the children like this event.

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[request] Get well cards. My cousin's son was diagnosed with cancer.

My cousin's 9 year old son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Burkitt's leukemia/lymphoma this past week. It is a very aggressive and fast growing cancer. His grandmother mentioned he LOVES getting cards in the mail. Being a broke college student, I can't afford to donate for their medical bills but I figured I could try and round up some get well cards for him.

I would prefer to message the address to anyone wanting to send cards.

Thanks everyone!

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This app might help?

Lets you send gifts and personal messages to anyone with a phone/email.

http://unbouncepages.com/golly/

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Please send cards to my aunt who is diagnosed with Advanced Stage 4 Liver Cancer

My aunt Kellie has been one my best friends in this entire world. She is listed in my baby book as my first playmate and growing up she helped influence a lot of my personality. Right now she is struggling, she was dianogsed with Liver Cancer sevearl months ago and she has been under going Chemo to help treat it.

About two weeks ago they ordered several more chemo sessions when she was only two away from being done. It is becoming harder for her to move around normally, let alone eating. There are days when the chemo is just oozing out of her and she is miserable. She is truly terrified this is her last Christmas with her boys.

She asked me to do the Reddit Santa for her youngest son, so that he could have a good one this year, but I want to do something nice for her. If anyone could send her a card of encouragement that would be fantastic. I will be happy to provide you with her address through a PM.

Thank you all and I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season.

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[request] Cards for my elderly grandmother who has to spend holidays in rehab.

Hi friends! Could you guys send a Christmas card to my grandma? She has to spend the holidays in the rehab facility. Her address is Diane Earle 811 Jackson St N Room 6b St. Pete, FL 33705 Please and thank you!!

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[recommendation] If you have an extra moment, help bring a smile to a patient at Texas Children's. It's quick and it's free.

This Halloween, children in the hospital won’t be out trick-or-treating with their families and friends, but with your help, we can bring some spooky fun straight to them.

Send a fun Halloween note to a Texas Children's patient. We will deliver the notes, along with the cute Halloween finger puppets above, just in time for Halloween.

https://waystogive.texaschildrens.org/boo

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[Request] A respectful request for reassuring cards for my mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is about to have surgery. [Arkansas, US] (x-post from /r/RandomActofCards)

My mother whom I love dearly was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She just met with the surgeon today but still has a long road ahead of her. I didn't know this part of Reddit existed until a coworker in a similar situation told me about it. My mom is the type of person who doesn't want people to know she has cancer but I know she finds reassuring words of encouragement (especially with bible verses) very moving. And if they were from random strangers I oddly think that would comfort her more. Like most humans, she is a walking conundrum. Anyway, if you are interested in helping out a stranger, PM me for details. Thanks so much, and I wish everyone a great day.

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[Update] Thank you for all your support and kindness to the thirteen year old girl who was in the hospital

Thank you everyone for all the cards, the small gifts, the thoughtful letters, and everything else people have sent to the thirteen year old girl who was in the hospital.

She's actually back at work with me right now and gave the biggest hug and asked to pass on her huge, HUGE thanks and love to all my friends online. She said it meant a lot to her when she was really sick, she put on the lipstick, she ate some candy, she read all the letters and loved the Dr. Who stuff and put artwork and cards on her bedroom walls.

It really surprised her and helped her a lot through her trying times.

Thank you again,

~lehmongeloh

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