|Could there be any more personality packed into this photo?! I think not!|
She took pictures of these four characters for their Mom.
|Melisa hugging one of her sons :)|
Meet Johnny, the little boy in the gray t-shirt...
To make matters worse...Johnny was originally admitted to the hospital with what was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome. This is "a potentially fatal inflammatory disease that affects several organ systems in the body, including heart, circulatory system, mucous membranes, skin, and immune system. Johnny has endured temperatures of 108 degrees. He has suffered peeling skin, and undergone 3 very taxing treatments. He seemed to be improving, and was sent home, only to be re-admitted early Saturday morning where he underwent emergency surgery on his small intestine. He currently is holding his own. They are watching his enlarged liver very closely for it is taking up much of his stomach area. Can you imagine enduring this?! I can't!
Melissa saw a need and jumped in..."The father was recently laid off from his job at Comcast. The mother recently got a nursing job with Contra Costa County. She was unable to work as she was spending 24/7 with her son at the hospital while her husband tried to keep things normal for the other 2 kids at home. On Monday, the mother was notified she was terminated from her job due attendance."
"Organizing this fundraiser took considerable time. Her family spent evenings at baseball games selling tickets and making posters to make community members aware of Johnny and his needs." -Rosie
The dinner Melisa organized sold 300 plates and raised $2,000. People also donated $600 cash at the dinner. Through www.fundrazr.com she raised almost $400. As someone who has organized events 5 months in the making I can attest to the fact that it's a lot of work, but well worth the outcome!
One of the things I love about all this is that Rosie saw so many examples of Melissa's serving her community and used her talent in photography to give back to Melisa. Melisa didn't ask for it, Rosie asked her. I love that one big-hearted person blessed another big-hearted person :)
|Doesn't Rosie do an awesome job capturing personality?!|
|Enjoying a peaceful moment without her brothers...|
|The happy chaos of siblings!|
If you want to help Johhny you can e-mail Rosie at email@example.com
I also hope that if you are, or know someone who is in the Bay
area that you will go to, or refer them to Rosie for photos. Her
heart and photography speaks for itself.
Thanks Rosie and Melisa for sharing this and inspiring us!
What needs do you see in your community? If you don't "see" any why is that? What are your biggest reasons for doing something or not? I bet there are a lot of people who have done similar things in their community! Share your thoughts in the comments section, everyone who reads will benefit :)
XoxxOxxOOo (<--who knows the movie reference?)