Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day Weekend and a VERY Special Request

I am so excited that this is a long weekend!!
I really needed the extra day and the 4 day week ahead.
It has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks!

I wanted to take a moment to ask a very special favor from all my wonderful blogging friends. With the Labor Day weekend, a very serious disease is brought to our attention. As you know, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has a marathon that is shown each year on this weekend.

A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting one of the sweetest young men I know. Austin was in my daughter's kindergarten class and I was so excited to know that he would be in my first grade. Austin was a wonderful student with a great sense of humor. I adored his stories and his zest for learning about subjects outside of the four walls of my classroom. Austin and I became great friends and he opened my eyes to the everyday struggles of a child with Muscular Dystrophy.

It has broken my heart to see what this disease can do to such a young and vibrant little boy. He has made the simple everyday activities so difficult for him in just a couple of short years but it has never broken his spirit. I am so blessed and honored to have been his teacher and to be able to learn from Austin's amaing strength everyday.

So, because my daughter, my family, my school and my community love Austin so dearly....I need your help. Austin has set a goal to raise $6,600 for 90 minutes of research.

If we all give just one dollar, just one dollar, we can come together to raise over $700.
Another great way to help is to share this post through your blog, facebook and twitter. Help me bring attention to the chance to help find a cure for kids like Austin.

Here is a video of Austin from last year,  when he was chosen as a MDA Ambassador. Are they not the most amazing family?

video


Just click
to link directly to Austin's fundraising page!

A most sincere thank you to those of you that have taken the time to share this post and donate. It means more than you could ever know.

6 comments:

Kari said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I know I am lucky to have my health and I was happy to make a donation to help Austin.

Ms. Morgart said...

It means so much to Austin, his family and to me. Thank you so much!!

Kinder Fun said...

I just listed your blog as one of my favorites!
http://mrsayalaskinderfun.blogspot.com/2011/09/amazing.html


Mrs. Ayala’s Kinder FUN
❤Michelle

First Grade O.W.L.s said...

I absolutely love your blog. I nominated you as one of my favorites. Get your award here:
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See my post here:
http://firstgradeowls.blogspot.com/2011/09/ive-been-nominated-thank-you.html
Thanks for all you do!

Nicole
First Grade OWLS

Jennifer said...

I just nominated you as on my top ten blogs too! Check out the post here
http://rowdyinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2011/09/great-surprise.html

Rowdy in First Grade

Mrs. Missy Kennedy, Master Teacher, MAT said...

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