Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Krista Barcus donated her beanie baby collection to the Foundation. Thank you Krista! We love getting beanie babies since they have lived in curios and Rubbermaid's and never been played with. Plus, what a wonderful thing to do with something you have outgrown, lost interest in, or ran out of room for.
Monday, June 29, 2009
* 51 percent of Americans wish to donate all or some of their organs and tissue.
* 26 percent are undecided.
* 58 percent wrongly believe that a person can recover from brain death. (not saying miracles don't happen)
* 51 percent incorrectly believe that a doctor might not try as hard to save their lives if they know they wish to be an organ donor
* 44 percent mistakenly think there is a black market in the US to buy or sell organs for transplant
* 23 percent of the undecided do not think that their organs or tissue would be able to be used for transplant.
Every day, 18 people lose their battle due to a lack of organs.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Last year over 28,000 lives were saved through organ donation. More than one million life-enhancing tissue transplants were performed, offering the recipients a new chance at healthy, productive, and normal lives.
I know you have heard me say this before, but please register to be a donor. Last year 2,205 donors in the US had registered prior to their death. Since on average more than 3 organs are able to be used, an estimated 7,000 lives were saved through the registry. Tissue donor registered last year prior to their death amounted to 8,239. Tissues from one donor can improve 50 lives, meaning that 400,000 people were helped. There were also 12,168 eye donors registered prior to their death last year, giving sight to over 20,000 people.
I was happy to read that Missouri is among the top 20 states with registered donors. Out of the 4,161,957 licensed drivers in the state, 2,438,965 have designated themselves as donors. This is 56.7%!!
~Further statistics can be found on donatelife.net ~
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thanks again Heart of America Tractor Cruise for choosing the Foundation to ride for!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I would also like to make it known that we want this blog to focus on the Foundation ~ the good things that it is doing, the kids it is helping, the needs it is fulfilling, and the lives being touched. We want this blog to honor our daughter's spirit and memory. We want good to come from this tragedy that has happened to our family. We will sometimes share heartache and tears on this blog with you in the hopes that maybe it will help others understand the pain of losing a child and in the hopes it helps ease our own suffering. We do not (and have never wanted) this blog to focus on Ryan Sundermann. So, to those who seem to think otherwise, please stop causing the gash in my heart to bleed even more than it normally does. Instead, join us in making good come from this.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Milk Bottle Toss~
the super popular dunk tank~
and many more!
Thank you to Fireman Phil for bringing out the firetruck and the house. The kids love putting out the "flames" with the hose!
Everyone mark your calendars now for next year ~ June 6, 2010!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
They were followed by Ben Sporleder. I had never heard Ben play before and all I can say is wow. A teenager helping us could hear the music from his game and asked if he was playing that for real because he thought it sounded like we were playing a cd. Great job Ben and thanks!Wings of Love was next on the stage. Yvonne and her talented birds sure impressed the audience.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Mini Golf~ (Sorry no pictures)