This is going to be brief, as we are out of town attending my niece's wedding, and I hadn't planned on posting until we got back. I received an email from one of Lily's readers this evening that just really touched my heart- I'm going to copy it here, as I don't want to leave anything out....
I'm writing in hopes that you can help my friend’s baby by writing a post about her on your blog.
There is a CBC News story about her here: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/BC/1258521056/ID=1866010799.
Camara is extremely busy caring for her terminally ill baby, but she has asked me to contact you in hopes that you can help spread the word. She says it best: "I'm looking for colostrum and breast milk donations for my daughter Anaya. She is terminally ill with Krabbe Leukodystrophy. We were told to expect her to die at 13 months. She is now 18 months old thanks to breast milk! She does not tolerate formula. Please, please help me keep my baby alive. We can have milk shipped from any city in Canada, and we are trying to raise money to have it shipped from the US."
You can read a bit more about baby Anaya and her heartbreaking story at Camara's "about" page on her blog, here: http://healinganaya.blogspot.com/p/about-anaya.html. She also has a Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/TheAnayaInitiative where mothers can learn about how to donate milk or money toward a deep freeze to store it.
I hope that you can help spread the word about Anaya and her desperate need for breast milk donations around the country.
I know this request is unusual, but if you are able to help baby Anaya by donating breast milk, please contact her mommy, Camara, through her blog link above, or email me personally and I will put you in touch with her. I plan on donating myself when we get back to Oregon. I will never forget my mom helping save a little boy who was abandoned at the hospital by donating milk when I was a child.
Lily has a lot of Canadian readers, and there is a program in place that will pay for shipping the milk (you can contact Camara to ask for details on this.) My heart was so moved by this brave mama doing all she can to help her baby; if you live in the US and are able to help, I hope you will. Please pray for baby Anaya, and for her sweet mama as well.
Also, please don't forget about our Baby Sent From the Stars Giveaway....we are extending the deadline to donate until April 24th, as we have a number of churches and friends getting the word out there in the next two weeks. Just a reminder- please leave any comments on the giveaway post, or on Naomi's giveaway post; we will combine all comments at the end of the giveaway when we have random.org draw a winner. Thank you so much to all of our family and friends who have donated so far, and for all the kind words and prayers on our kids' behalf.
ALSO- please don't forget to vote for Lily every day until April 14th - and a huge THANK YOU for everyone who has been doing so up to this point! You people are amazing!!!
I'm posting one quick picture from the wedding- we were SO thrilled to connect with so many friends and relatives this weekend, and Lily spent the entire time being doted on by each one of them. More photos to come, but for now here are our dear friends Leah, her sister Rose, and her adorable baby Benjamin soaking up the gorgeous San Diego rays with Lily and me...
There's a beautiful story about what an absolute miracle Benjamin is- can't wait to post about that later, but for now....Happy Monday!!