Thursday, March 6, 2014
The picture you see is of a little boy who has been through a ton the past couple of months. This was taken while he was awake after being sedated and on a breathing machine. It shows that, regardless of everything that has happened to him (ventilators, surgeries, assorted procedures), he hasn't lost his smile. It is because of that smile that I am going to do everything I can to raise money for the hospital that has given him incredible care since the day he was born. In 2 days, I will be participating in the Chicago Dance Marathon to raise money for Lurie Children's Hospital. If you have the ability to donate, it is much appreciated. If not, please help by sharing, tweeting, emailing, etc. to anyone you know who may!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
My son is finally home, hopefully for good this time, after a lengthy stay at Lurie Children's Hospital due to a number of complications due to his 22Q Deletion Syndrome. The care that we received during our stay there was incredible, both from a medical standpoint and from the way the personal treatment of the doctors, nurses, social workers, and case managers. I could thank them every day for the rest of my life, and it wouldn't fully express the gratitude my wife and I have for their help. Since it would be difficult to say "thank you" to each person, I've decided to show my thanks the best way I know how, through an act of kindness. So on March 8th, I will be strapping on some comfortable shoes and an obnoxious outfit, and will dance for 13.1 straight hours for the The Chicago Dance Marathon benefitting Lurie Children's Hospital. All proceeds raised will go to the institution that helped my son, and so many other children across the Midwest and beyond. If you have the means, please donate to the cause here. If things are tight right now, please share on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Now I must work out my quads and hamstrings so I don't lock up while trying to pop N lock.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Hello all!! I apologize for being off the grid the past few months. I will have a full update when I post the next state of kind, but life has been crazy hectic since my son was born November 29th. As I stated on the last post, he was born with a genetic issue called 22q Deletion Syndrome (learn more about it here) and that has lead to us spending most of the past 2 months at Lurie Children's Hospital. The care we have received there has been tremendous, and I have a couple of things planned to give back as a thank you for everything they've done to help Cohen (especially those wonderful nurses). In the mean time, I have an awesome, super easy, and free act of kindness for everyone to take part in. Lurie (my son's hospital) is trying to get 10,000 people to send over a Valentine's Day message for the kids who will be in the hospital on the holiday. There are many children there who are not able to see their friends or family for an extended period of time, and receiving a special message will be wonderful for them. As I said, it is incredibly easy and can be done here. So keep an eye out for the next State of Kind...it'll be a real peach.