One year ago, I lost one special little angel to Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In honor of her, I am dedicating this blog post to Ruby.
I am not sure where to begin. It is a very difficult subject for me to talk about because I am a NO emotion kind-a- girl. It is hard to believe it has already been a year. The emotions are still raw. I have sat here for hours writing, deleting, writing, deleting, trying to find a way to express how much Ruby touched my life.
Four years ago, I was introduced to a sweet, darling child by her third grade teacher, Abby (from Third Grade Book Worm). She came with an open mind and an eagerness to learn. What I didn't expect was how much I would learn from her. Her parents welcomed us as family. I spent many "ordinary" and extraordinary moments with her.
Many people come in and out of our lives. I know Ruby had a special mission for being in our lives. Her sassy, positive attitude and plethora of knowledge and advice will never be forgotten. She will always have a special place in my heart (and many others.)
We recently learned that her parents were not able to afford a headstone for her grave. Her family is struggling to pay off Ruby's medical debts. My friend Abby at Third Grade Bookworm and I want to help give them the ability to give Ruby a proper "place for peace."
I cannot thank Abby enough for taking the time and putting this fundraiser together. Please take a moment to visit her blog for more information, Third Grade Bookworm and contribute if you feel a calling to do so.
Here's how this will work:
You donate $20 via the PayPal button at the bottom of this post.
Tell your friends, blog about it, and help spread the word.
Abby will send YOU the bundled files within 72 hours (hopefully faster!) to the email attached to your PayPal account. If you want them sent to a different email address, please note it when you are checking out in the "message" box. You can also email Abby at email@example.com
After the fundraiser is over, Abby will give all of the money raised (minus any PayPal fees) to Ruby's parents. They will be able to purchase a headstone for our sweet girl.
The total value of the files donated to this fundraiser is over $120!
If you'd like to donate, please remember the following:
You must donate a minimum of $20 in order for me to send you the bundle of goodies.
All donations are going through my PayPal account. PayPal has created a code that will tell me you have donated towards A Place for Peace. This helps her to keep all of the fundraiser funds separated and it makes it easier for me to verify your donations.
She will use the email provided to me through PayPal to send you your goodies unless you send her a message at the bottom of your transaction or you email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The donation button (located at Third Grade Bookworm) will be active for 1 week: April 17th - 24th.
Once you donate, please give her 72 hours to send you the link to your goodies.
Once the fundraiser is over, she will remove the donation button and give all of the funds to Ruby's parents. We promise to let you know how much we raise and pass along any messages from Ruby's parents.
If you have made it through this long post, thank for your time!