I am doing a fundraiser and I am so excited! I will be raising money to help a dear friend of mine (click the picture to go to my VIP Group). Her son was diagnosed a few months ago with Spina Bifida. She has been traveling between her home in Oklahoma and Houston (where the specialists are), and will be in Houston for several weeks to give birth to little Merrick.
I met Ashley a couple of years ago. Her twins girls and my youngest daughter had Physical Therapy together. Her and her husband lived in Hampton Roads, until the beginning of 2018, when they moved to Oklahoma. Shortly after their move, their son was diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
You may be like me, and unsure as to what Spina Bifida is. According to the Mayo Clinic, Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect, where the spine and the spinal cord do not form properly. This usually occurs around 8 weeks. There are three different types of spina bifida (see graphic) & it ranges from mild to severe. Alot depends on the size of the deformity, location and other complications that may occur. There are several treatments for Spina Bifida, all surgical. The most common are in utero (fetal) surgery and post birth surgery. Most children and people with spina bifida will need continuous care, including further surgeries and therapies.
Once Ashley and her husband, Leonard, received the news from their OB, they headed to Houston to meet with a specialist. After further testing, it was decided they were a candidate for the fetal surgery, which was to go in an close up an area on his Merrick's back. Merrick and Ashley are both doing well! Ashley has been on bed rest for several months, and has moved back to Houston until after Merrick's birth. Merrick could be in the NICU for a few weeks after, and may need additional surgeries.
My fundraiser will go directly to Ashley and Leonard to help with any costs associated with having two household and medical necessities needed for Merrick. LuLaRoe is matching my donation as well, which is amazing to me!! From August 1-8, for every item sold, I will donate $1-3, and so will LuLaRoe. I will be hosting Lives and albums sales in my Facebook Group all week. I hope you will join us! Help a worthy family and snag some pretties for yourself!!