My Sweet Neice, Danica

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Some of you know about my sister, Monica, and her daughter, Danica, and the struggle that their family has been facing. Danica was diagnosed with Chiari shortly before her second birthday. She has already had one brain surgery in November. After a period of hope where her symptoms were reduced dramatically, everything has come crashing down again as the symptoms began to return and scans have shown that things are much worse than anyone had predicted. She is facing a multitude of surgeries in her future, some in her very immediate future and some throughout the course of her life.

To read more about the exact things going on, or to keep up to date on her condition, you can read my sister's blog. She began the blog in an effort to keep everyone thinking and praying for Danica informed on what is going on. You can imagine that she cannot possibly have the time or even emotional strength to speak to each and every person who is concerned for them, so in this way people can still continue to stay connected to them and the situation. To read more, you may wish to visit the blog yourself.
To read more, you may wish to visit the blog yourself.

As they make their way down this extremely difficult road, they are faced with many challenges. It is difficult enough to stay emotionally stable *or as close as you can be when your 2 year old is being poked and prodded and going through a multitude of medical tests* but on top of that, they are facing extreme financial distress. They have doctors appointments almost daily, and on top of that they are having travel expenses because with the recent knowledge of how bad her condition really is, they have been referred to a specialist in Iowa. Many of the doctor appointments up to this point have been in Cleveland which is still a costly drive when you have to do it daily. They have vehicle maintenance that also comes with such frequent, lengthy travel. Then they have copayments for daily doctors appointment and also, even once their deductible has been met, they have to pay 20% of the surgeries. They are trusting God to provide, but it is still a stress for them to have to think about finances on top of trying to focus on their little girl and making all the tough decisions about which path to take for treatment.

I am telling you all this so you can get a feel for where they are at. I am not asking you to simply give money to them, although if you are moved to do so that would be an amazing blessing to them and there IS a donate button on the blog. All of this has weighed heavy on my heart and I have been trying to come up with a way to help. What I have come up with is Cookies for a Cause. Many of you have enjoyed my sugar cookies in the past. What I have decided to do is to offer these cookies for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to help give a little peace of mind to my sister and her family. I will gladly ship these cookies to anyone who wishes to purchase them.

The cookies are priced as follows:

$10- baker's dozen (13 cookies)

If you need these shipped to you, there will be a shipping fee of $5 on top to maximize the proceeds that will go to my sister. If there is some other baked good that you have seen me make and you would like me to make it for you instead of the cookies, just let me know and we can work something out. The way I am going about the payment process if you are out of town is through my etsy site. I have single listings available at the moment, but if you would like to order something special, contact me and I will create a listing for you and provide you a link. If you would like to make a donation on top of the order price, let me know and I will add it to the listing price OR you can just go donate on the blog page. If you would rather send a check in the mail instead of electronically, let me know and I will give you the address. Feel free to share this with your friends, coworkers, etc.

Here is the etsy listing

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers even if you are unable to purchase cookies or donate. :) PLEASE let me know if you have any questions at all!!


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