We are still here and still working to help adoptive families.
Things have slowed a bit in the fundraising department, however. Damon’s little brother, born not long after his death, is chronically ill. He has Common Variable Immune Deficiency, Chiari malformation, and is being evaluated for several other conditions.
We call him our “rainbow baby.” He is truly a light in the dark and our rainbow and his conditions require a great deal of time, effort, and money to manage. We hope that in the near future (perhaps this August) we will be able to get back in the swing of full-on fundraising.
If you are interested in learning more about Rainbow’s conditions:
Recently I had the privilege of interviewing two more families for Damon’s Dance grants. I wish you could all be there. I wish you could sit in the room with us and listen to their stories. I wish you could get the email updates when approvals come through and new pictures arrive. We got a new picture just Monday of a beautiful little girl. Her parents are hoping and praying she can come home by the end of the year. We get to help bring her home.
How can I possibly communicate how just plain awesome it is to get to give them money? How just plain awesome it is to see pictures of their babies? How just plain awesome it is that people give and give generously to help these families? It. Is. Awesome.
Four families have been awarded grants to help defer the cost of bringing their children home, children from three different countries so far.
Yesterday’s fund raiser was incredible, simply incredible.
We raised over five thousand dollars! The number keeps growing as more checks roll in.
In the very near future our application will be up and Will and I along with our beloved board will be pouring over the lives and stories of people working to bring their children home. This is what it is all for.
Our friends worked so very hard for weeks to pull this together. They approached businesses, hauled tables, wrote bid sheets, tied bows, made signs and roughly a million other things and then said ‘ok, what else can I do to help?’ Our silent auction and event donors were amazingly generous as were the people who came to play games, pet mini horses and a trained police K9, crawl through fire trucks, bounce in a moon bounce, get their faces painted and bid bid bid!
I am honored by the generosity and goodness I have witnessed leading up to and in this event. I was so impressed with the kind hearts I encountered in our firefighters and the sheriff’s deputy who came in full uniform and sweat in the heat to teach the kids and help them have fun. Good, kind people sat in corrals and arena’s with their animals patiently explaining to each child about their furry friends and exclaimed ‘make sure you invite us next year!’ after a day of work in the heat. They’re ready to do it all over again. Wow!
I asked my six year old “what was your favorite part?” “EVERYTHING!” he responded.
In the words of my man “Today was good.” Good is not a word we use lightly these days. This was good.
It’s coming together! The first annual Damon’s Dance fundraiser is coming together. I received an email from 3G Minihorses day before yesterday telling me that they would love to attend. I had to text several friends and write a facebook post I was so excited. Who doesn’t love minihorses? Along with the bouncy house, tractors, carnival games, popcorn and general silliness we hope to pervade the event I think our beautiful, amazing attendees will have some very precious fun with their families.
I’m not gonna lie parents, we’ve planned the carnival with your kiddos in mind… but you can pet the minihorses too 😉
So many of you have asked how you can help. I will tell you this, when you ask, you help. I’m not saying ‘oh, no, we’re good, stop there’ I’m just saying, we feel the love. We need to feel the love, so desperately. This month is rough.
How can you help? (in no particular order)
1) Come to the event with every kid you can round up, have a blast, bid on lots of stuff
2) Pester (I mean politely ask) business owners if they might donate to the silent auction
This is our first Damon’s Dance blog post. I told myself that I would save my over-emotionality for my personal blog but… this is the first post. This is the first post on the website created in honor of my baby, that I miss so much.
This is bitter-sweet for us, to see it all come together. We’re so excited. We’re excited that Damon’s Dance has its very own internet presence. We’re over the moon that soon we will be able to help families bring their own babies home but we are painfully aware of the impetus for this action. Our baby has gone home.
I will try desperately to keep it informative and minimize the tears here but as you can see, that’s not exactly my nature.
Looking forward to telling ya’ll about our Damon’s Dance babies and walking this road with you for years to come!