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2012 Toy Drive

Toy_DriveI hope 2013 is bringing everyone lots of love, happiness, laughter, and health. I just wanted to¬† let everyone know how we did for the 2012 Jonathan’s Journey toy drive.

This year for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia we were able to donate $2500.00 in toys and $360.00 in gift cards.
Also, the Child Life Specialists had a Wish List of items needed for the children who are In-patient at the hospital.
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To my friends and family back on the East Coast….

beach loveI had lots of ideas this year to make this toy drive a big success. However, in light of what is going on back East, I’ll put those thoughts aside until next year. I realize that this toy drive will probably not be the most successful, but that’s okay. We’ll still have the toy drive. Whatever we collect, we’ll still be able to do something special for the children because the hard truth is that for some of the children, it will be their last Christmas. This update is not asking for you to donate.
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Toy Drive and Gift Card Drive for 2011

toysI just wanted to let everyone know that Jonathan’s Toy Drive and Gift Card Drive for 2011 will be on as usual. Last year we donated an amazing amount for both hospitals. This year and every year, I’d love to have Jonathan’s Toy Drive get bigger and bigger.

Last year for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia we donated over $5,000.00 dollars in toys and $1,400.00 in gift cards. For The Children’s Hospital here in Aurora, we donated a

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Thank you, thank you, thank you…

photo by Dominik GwarekI know it’s been awhile, but things are just starting to calm down after the holidays. To say that Jonathan’s Toy Drive 2011 was a huge success is an understatement. We outdid last year. We were able to donate to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia $5,000 dollars worth of toys, $150 dollars worth of snacks, $120 dollars worth of coloring books to the Out-patient infusion area, and $1400 dollars in giftcards.

For The Children’s Hospital here in Aurora Colorado, we donated a wagon full of toys for Childlife to keep for birthday gifts we

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Jonathan’s Annual Toy Drive

heavenTwo things happened today which made me finally get off my butt and write this post. The first was that a co-worker from Hopewell e-mailed me about Jonathan’s Toy Drive. The second happened at home. I was cooking dinner and my daughter Jena comes into the kitchen. She says “Mom, do you have pockets?” I said no, why? She said because she wanted me to hear a song from my I-pod that she thought I would like. She typically listens to my I-pod. In fact, I don’t even know how to use the thing yet. Since I was cooking and moving around she wanted to put it

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1 year without my baby….

missI’ve been meaning to post this, but somehow I couldn’t get myself to. Friday, October 8th was the one year anniversary of Jonathan’s death. This may sound crazy, but it made me realize that he’s really gone. The first year was so hard, but I can’t imagine things getting any better. The realization that your baby is never going to be with you starts to sink in. Even if you try to think of other things, you just know. I’ve been really sad

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Happy New Year!

letterI just wanted to say “Happy New Year” to all! We are hoping that 2010 brings us much peace, health, and a very boring life:) It’s been a roller coaster ride for us for the last 2 years and 10 months. It would be so nice if we could just have a normal life.

My husband goes to the hospital on Tuesday to get his Port taken out. The last batch of tests shows that he does not need anymore

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My little boy is in heaven……

heaven 2Today, Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm, my Jonathan entered the gates into Heaven. He was such a heroic fighter to the end. I could never express the feeling of loss or hurt, but I know deep in my heart that he is no longer in pain. The last three days, he has been asleep, but I know he’s been able to hear me. I asked him to squeeze my hand if he knew that mommy and daddy loved him, and he did. I asked him last night that when the time comes, if he could give me

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Hi, it’s been awhile….

legoI know it’s been awhile since I gave an updated. There’s a couple of things going on which has kept me quite busy. I will let you know what they are once we get more information.

Jonathan is doing well. He really is a fantastic kid. I know he’s mine and all parents think their kids are fantastic, but he amazes me everyday. He handles chemo like a pro and now at home, he is hooked up to four

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cancerWell, I received the final pathology results today. Jonathan has a second type of cancer called Choriocarcinoma. This is more rare than Pancreatoblastoma (which there are only 200 cases) and usually occurs in pregnant women or older adults. CHOP has put out feelers to other hospitals on this type of cancer in children and they haven’t heard one response yet.

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