Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Miracle Network Radiothon

The K95 Cares for Kids Radiothon is underway! The radio station is broadcasting live from the St. Francis Children's Hospital in efforts to raise money to bring more specialized care to the Tulsa area. Families have been invited to share their medical stories on air with hopes that someone will be touched and donate.

Claira's story will be aired on Wednesday, July 23rd sometime around 2:00 or 2:30 pm Central time. If you are not local, you can listen online. Visit K95FM.com then click the LISTEN LIVE! link to connect to their online radio streaming. Thank you for always taking an interest in Claira and our family. We hope to use our experiences to help other families in the future.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Welcome Home Bailey!

Not long ago, another "Mended Little Heart" came into our lives. Bailey was born with 2 hearts defects that were painfully similar to Claira's. Jenny and Brandon (Bailey's precious parents) and I met at a recent MLH support meeting. We exchanged phone #s and discussed the similarities at length. Bailey was beginning to show signs of a slowing appetite and Jenny worried she might have to go through the same eating difficulties as Claira. Gratefully, Bailey's cardiologist chose to hurry things along ... s0 at almost 3 months of age, Bailey's heart was repaired on June 27, 2008. Mom reports she is doing fantastic and is making up for lost time! Way to go Bailey! And kudos to Mom and Dad (Jenny and Brandon). We certainly know what a ride this has been for you guys.

It seems somewhat unfair for Claira to have had such a difficult time, and I've found myself asking what I did wrong. The answer is nothing. Prayers were said and prayers were answered. Perhaps God's will was for one family to experience and learn only to help another family in turn. In this way ... Claira's Journey is complete.

Visit Bailey's blog "The Beauty of Bailey" for more info on her heart journey.

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Thank you David and Gina Brim for helping to express our gratitude for an amazing show of compassion and generosity.