Friends, today is my 40th birthday!
How in the world did that happen?!
Didn’t a 25 year old girl start this blog????
There were a lot of ways I could have acknowledged today (and I considered them all), but do you know what I really want to do to celebrate my birthday?
I want to raise a ton of money for Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Ashby’s honor.
Our precious Ashby has been going to Scottish Rite and receiving THE MOST AMAZING CARE since we first brought her home. Her team there, lead by Dr. Scott Oishi, has absolutely saved her life. They’ve also allowed her more mobility, more function and an overall higher quality of life. This picture was after her first surgery in October 2015…
…and this picture was after her 22nd surgery in 2020. Without the care, the knowledge, the medical interventions, advanced research, testing, and attention to detail, we do not know what Ashby’s health would look like today. Dr. Oishi formed an amazing team (even bringing in other specialists from the neighboring hospital) to keep our sweet Ashby healthy, safe and provide her the best options for a long and happy life with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.
Over the years, SO MANY OF YOU have prayed for Ashby. You’ve prayed for surgeries. You’ve prayed for tests. You’ve prayed for her doctors. We have appreciated your prayers, love, support and encouragement more than you will ever know. We are so blessed to have this huge, supportive community that most parents do not have. I do not take it for granted, but realize it’s a special blessing to have all of you, this mighty team of people, in the wings praying over my family on our hardest days. We do not know what the future holds for Ashby, but we do know that it looks so much brighter thanks to the amazing care she is receiving from a hospital that does not collect a dime from its patients. Scottish Rite for Children is a world-renowned leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, sports injuries and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
When I reached out to Scottish Rite earlier this month and told them that my birthday wish was to raise money in honor of Ashby on the 25th, they said the timing couldn’t be more than perfect because…
This month, they are celebrating their 100th anniversary!!!
How crazy cool is that timing?!
One hundred years of taking care of kids and helping families without payment.
So today, on my 40th birthday, I would love to raise $40,000 for Scottish Rite for Children in honor of Ashby Shull.
Scottish Rite created a specific landing page and link so that my sweet blog readers and online community can easily donate today. Whether you’re able to donate $10, $100 or $1000, please know that I’m grateful. We’re grateful. We were referred by our pediatrician and other specialists to receive treatments from this hospital because they are the leading experts in Ashby’s condition, and we know that so many other families are there for the exact same reason. We would love to support the place that has physically, emotionally and lovingly supported us these last six years.
Once again, the direct link and information can be found HERE for your donation.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your love and support these last six years. And thank you in advance for helping me make this 40th birthday extra special!