Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Can you help?

I know this blog hits an international audience, and I'm counting on that.

If you feel moved to help this little fella and his family, that would be wonderful. More than wonderful, it would be spectacular.

His mom and dad are friends of one of my co-workers, also a parent of very young children, so we are quite attuned to the situation.

I know there are children in need all over the world, in your community and perhaps even in your family. We can't help them all but we can help one. If you feel this is the 'one', then bless you.


Three year old Eli Johannson of Vernon, BC is currently fighting an
aggressive form of childhood neuroblastoma in BC Children's Hospital.

Community rallies behind child

Vernon’s Eli Johannson was like any other three-year-old boy, going to preschool, running around the playground, and loving airplanes, until he was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma cancer.
“He has an 11-centimetre tumor in his abdomen, and the cancer has spread to bones and bone marrow,” says his mom Faith on a fundraising website www.gofundme.com/5e33to
“He is currently undergoing treatment at Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital, where our family will be required to stay for upwards of one year. Treatment includes chemo, tumor removal surgery and bone marrow transplant using his own bone marrow. He also requires blood transfusions regularly.”
To help the family during this difficult time, the community has stepped up and to date has raised more than $18,000 towards the goal of $25,000.
“This is an incredibly stressful time for this young family, with a new baby, and it’s even more critical for both parents to be there,” said relative Linsey Johannson. 
“We are raising money in an effort to help them stay in Vancouver together as a family for the course of the treatment.”
Excel Fitness is also hosting a silent auction in support of Eli Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 
Along with the auction, there will be by donation events: kids bully prevention by Pacific Top Team BJJ at 6 p.m., zumba with Sareena at 6:30 p.m., introduction to taekwon-do by Jungshin Taekwon-do at 7 p.m. and Dance like Brittany Spears with Sarah at 7 p.m.
Another fundraiser takes place Dec. 19   A Night In Gold for Eli. The event includes dinner, entertainment, a surprise celebrity guest, live and silent auctions at the Best Western Vernon Lodge from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are $75 and available at Coldstream Video, City Furniture, Squires Four Pub and MTS (4500 29th St.).
Additionally, donations can be made at BMO, which is accepting cheques in the name of Eli or Elijah Johannson. 
There is also the option of e-transfers using the e-mail address healelij@gmail.com or direct deposit at the branch: transit 07700 account 3970-670
Eli is also participating in a worldwide study with 90 other children, with the hope of coming up with a new protocol for childhood neuroblastoma in Canada.
The Vernon family (which includes dad Iain, mom Faith and Eli’s baby brother Soloman, who was just four weeks old when this started) is very grateful for the community’s support.   


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It's sort of like the Starfish Story (this excerpt from 'Sara and the Starfish'):

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.”

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