Hello everyone! We have GREAT news! We will be teaming up with Barbara Casados (of Capes4Heroes) to donate a puppy a couple times a year to a Super Hero Child. The theme will be a Super Hero kids and their Super Hero Pup, and she will make the capes for the puppies as well as the child. She has been making capes for a few years now, and she just made one for our Autistic grandson Liam. We have been talking and we have decided to work together in an effort to bring happiness to children in need. She has made quite a name for herself and together we want to do something for these children and their families.
We want to share our commitment with the friends and family of Thompson’s Wheatens & Whoodles. Here are our first two sponsorships, and their stories (as written by Barbara Casados).
Laurel’s sister, Madeleine (age 6) is home on hospice care. Madeleine has stage IV Neuroblastoma (cancer), and is not expected to live much longer. Laurel has endured a lot of stress, anxiety, and separation from her parents and sister because of the many hospital stays and treatments for her sister. Laurel is a superhero because she has a true zest for life. Even though her sister can’t play with her she will sit near her, just to be close. She also truly believes she is a superhero – Wonder Woman to be exact!
More information on Laurel’s sister, Madeleine: http://madmadammadeleine.blogspot.com/
Kade was recently diagnosed with Pontocerebellar hypoplasia Type I (PCHI). He is the 41st person/child in the world to be diagnosed with this disorder. He was misdiagnosed for years with Cerebral Palsy and through lots of testing and being accepted into a program at TGEN were they able to get a firm diagnosis. The worst part is that this is a terminal disorder. There is not much out there on it and the longest surviving person they could find on record lived into their teens.
I have included an article that was just published in Scottsdale Health magazine in May with more information. Kade is currently in California with his family enjoying his trip through Make A Wish. Although Kade has never been able to speak he uses his eyes and smiles or frowns to let us know how he is feeling. This organization drew me in because for years past we have always had a Casino Night Fundraiser to help raise money for Easter Seals and the theme was super heroes, because that is what Kade is to all of us in his life.
He fights day in and out just to breath. Everyday is a struggle for him and his little body has to work so hard to do minimal activities but you can always get a smile out of him. He is an inspiration to anyone that meets him and captures your heart the minute you meet him. I have known him since birth and have seen him progress and then degress and he just keeps going and fighting. We don’t know how much longer he has with us, but he is so deserving of a cape and will wear it proud!! I am not sure if Kade has previously been nominated, but I wanted to do so anyways because he is my superhero!
More information on Kade: http://allyouneedforhappiness.com/issues/2014may/#/46/
Lastly, we wanted to share a short video of our grandson Liam receiving his cape!