3.21.2011

It's here! Fundraiser for Austin!

Meet Austin!
  He is an amazing little three year old in need of a kidney transplant.  Last summer he contracted a deadly strain of E. coli that caused his kidneys to shut down and is very lucky to have survived. 
  He has been through so much this last year with tests, operations, in and out of the hospital, and dialysis three times a week.  It truly is heartbreaking how much this little boy has already been through.  He is scheduled for a much needed kidney transplant sometime this spring or summer.  They are currently testing family members for a possible donor.  Cortney, Austin's mother, was hoping to donate her kidney but last week something in the tests showed up that will no longer allow her to do so.  Even through all their struggles and trials this family and Austin has stayed strong and positive.  They continue to be grateful for the good things that come their way.  The entire family is amazing and inspiring.
You can read his entire story here.
As you can imagine their medical bills are high even with insurance.  They are trying to raise $50,000 for the transplant and anti-rejection medicine.  There are several fundraisers being worked on by several of their family and friends. 
Here's how you can help
With the help of several generous people we have put together an online fundraiser to help Austin and his family get a little closer to his kidney transplant. (Thank you to everyone that donated an item, I couldn't of done this with out you). Below you will find 6 different giveaways that anyone who donates to Austin's website this week can enter.  The giveaways will run through Sunday, March 27th. Please read the instructions below carefully.
How do you enter?
  • Donate to Austin, however much you'd like.  (You will donate directly to his COTA website here.)
  • For every $2 you donate, it counts as one entry for any of the six prize packages (found in the following posts). For example, if you donate $6, you have three entries. You can enter once on three different prize packages, or you can use all three entries for one prize package.  
  • For each entry you qualify for, fill out the form at the bottom of the post of the prize package you want and submit.  
  • If you donated an item for the giveaway you are still eligible to enter.  If you happen to win the prize package with your item, you will will all the items except I will draw an additional winner for your donated item only.
  • That's it! If you win, you will be REQUIRED to email us the receipt of your donation. This will have your shipping information for us, and will confirm that that you donated and your entry is valid. Without a receipt, you will not win.
  • Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced here as well as emailed. 
 As An Extra Thank You for donating, Scotti from the Inner Hooker is offering anyone who donates $4 or more a free pattern of your choice from her shop.  This offer is only valid for the first 24 hours.  It will go  Monday, March 21st at Midnight Central time.  If you would like your free pattern e-mail your pay pal receipt to the Inner Hooker at innerhookerhelps@yahoo.com as well as your pattern choice.  Your donation also counts as entries towards the giveaways below.
This offer has expired. 
Thanks for your help.
Any little bit helps.  There are a lot of great prizes you can win but most importantly we will be helping this little boy.
If you have any questions please contact me at kittycatsandairplanes(at)gmail (dot)com

7 comments:

Cindy said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing! My son in law is on the transplant list and everytime the phone rings you can see in his eyes the hope that this is the call..
I am your newest follower from Mingle Monday! Please stop by my site & share the love :o)
http://cindyseesit.blogspot.com . While you are there, I’d be grateful if you could go and vote for my little booger. I am trying to win a Baby Bullet and I am severely behind 
Thx!!

Cindy said...

couldn't give but $10.00 but I guess every bit helps. Good luck!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

What a beautiful post and cause!

Laura said...

Happy Monday! I am a new follower from the weekend hop and I look forward to following your blog!...Hope u can come by for a visit! http://adventuresatgreenacre.blogspot.com

What's in a name.. said...

New follower via Mingle Monday. Hope you will follow me too http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/

What a great cause.

CreationsbyJune said...

This is such a fantastic thing you organized! I linked you to my blog at http://jandrzoo.blogspot.com/

Good luck to everyone!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

you are such a sweet person Amie :)

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