Sunday, May 8, 2011

Create Hope - Join me in my efforts to support the American Heart & Stroke Association

It’s personal. I walk and raise funds to help two very special little people in my life, Jamie, 10 and Vaughn, 8.

I was a nanny/babysitter during my later years of college to a growing family that went from three to six special little souls in my life. I have been a part of this family for nearly 13 years. Jamie and Vaughn are the youngest in this family.  Jamie was born after suffering a massive stroke while in utero. She is nothing short of a miracle. I wasn't sure if she'll ever be able to walk or talk. But this girl has a strong spirit and can do anything. She has her physical shortcomings, but she doesn't let them slow her down. Her right side is weak, but the girl can walk, run, and swim like all the others.  Her younger brother Vaughn was born with a heart valve issue and later began suffering from seizures. They both take medications and go through therapy to keep in tip top shape. He's an all boy that has a tremendous sensitive side. I love them both to pieces.

With heart disease and stroke taking more lives than the next seven causes of death combined, you can’t help but make it personal. I’m walking in the American Heart & Stroke Association Start! Heart Walk for those already affected, and I’m walking to make sure that everyone is aware of their personal risks, to create hope that we can make someone else’s future bright. 

My personal goal is to raise funds for the American Heart Association and I need your help to reach my donation goal. We are raising critical dollars for heart disease and stroke research and education. 

You can “walk with me” by making a donation online.  Click on the link below and you will be taken to my personal donation page where you can make a secure online credit card donation. The American Heart Association's online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25.00.  If you prefer to donate less, you can do so by sending a check made payable to the American Heart Association directly to me. Please leave a comment with your email address and I will send you my mailing address.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support American Heart Association-KS Greater Kansas City


Your support will bring hope to those personally affected and at risk of heart disease and stroke like Jamie and Vaughn.

Thank you!

Sarah

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