BBQ Benefit: The Sequel

For the second year in a row, Edna De Saro and Lone Star National Bank hosted a BIG barbecue plate fundraiser to help with the expenses for Laurin’s care. On Saturday, April 22, the parking lot of Melba’s Dance School became THE place to pick up a great lunch. For $8, you could feast on a mountain of BBQ chicken, rice, beans, potato salad and bread.

A high-energy team of volunteers dished up hundreds of to-go boxes of food and delivered them directly to the vehicles swiftly and efficiently. Lupe and G.J., two of Laurin’s closest friends, kept things moving (see video below) so that few had to wait more than half a minute for their food. Lupe and G.J. also head up a faithful group of Laurin’s friends who make it a point to visit her regularly, which she always LOVES, and help with her fundraisers when needed.

The BBQ event this year raised more than $10,000 for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps with the ongoing expenses of Laurin’s constant care needs.

The BBQ benefit was held in the parking lot at Melba's Dance School.

Check out the action here: https://youtu.be/IqJiHxrvFPw

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Friendly Freemasons Freely Furnish Funds

Earlier this week, David Gower and Oliver Ostorga gave checks of $2300 and $1000 from the Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 to Melba Huber for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. These generous donations will be spent to pay for Laurin’s 24/7 nursing care. Many thanks to all the Freemasons of these two generous lodges.

PICTURED BELOW: The Freemasons from Port Isabel and McAllen lodges meet Laurin. From left to right: Rodney Brown, Darrell Bryan, David Gower and Oliver Ostarga. Altogether the Freemasons from Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 contributed $3300 to help pay for Laurin’s ongoing, 24/7 nursing care. One of Laurin’s best friends from high school is Gail Gower, the sister of David Gower.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

The checks were presented at the home of Melba Huber, where Laurin receives nursing and medical care that has kept her alive since 1980. The life expectancy for someone with Laurin’s brain-stem injury is less than seven years.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin's mother, Melba.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin’s mother, Melba.

 

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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BBQ Benefit Blowout

On Saturday, May 21, Edna De Saro headed up a herd of happy helping hands to heap hearty helpings of hash. OK, well it wasn’t exactly hash – I just got carried away with the h-words. The food dished out was actually good-old, down-home barbecue eats: chicken, potato salad, rice, beans and bread. It was all done to benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. An $8 ticket bought a generously-filled, to-go box, served up in the parking lot of Melba’s Dance School at lunch time.

The team gets ready for action.

   The team gets ready for action.

Barbecue -- YUM!!

Barbecue — YUM!!

 

At your service!

At your service!

 

Some of Laurin’s best angels teamed up and sold hundreds of tickets for this delicious event. Special thanks to Lupe Enriquez and G.J. Reyna, who often put great effort into raising funds on Laurin’s behalf and gathering her friends to visit her. The money raised at the BBQ will be used to help with the expenses of Laurin’s ongoing medical care.

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Best Buddies

 

 

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Ballerina Balm: The Launching of a Labor of Love for Laurin

Five-year-old Cindy Holland found her first friend in the world at 1500 Hibiscus Street in McAllen. Laurin Huber lived only two doors down from her. They jumped on the trampoline together, played with Barbie dolls, rode their bikes to Dairy Queen and danced at Melba’s Dance School.

Because Laurin was a year older, Cindy always looked up to her. More than 47 years later, Laurin is now looking up to Cindy from the bed where she receives 24/7 nursing to stay alive. In 1980, Laurin’s life changed forever when she almost died in a car wreck that has left her helpless to do anything for herself.

Until recently, the last time Cindy saw Laurin was in high school. Like most news these days, Cindy learned through Facebook about the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. She wanted to visit Laurin but was a little hesitant. When Lupe Enriquez posted about a reunion party to visit with Laurin, Cindy knew she couldn’t stay away any longer and drove straight to McAllen from San Antonio.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

“When I saw Laurin for the first time, I didn’t feel sad like I thought I would,” said Cindy. “I felt blessed to be able to spend time with her. All the little annoyances and problems of my life felt so insignificant. Visiting Laurin brings me joy and puts things in perspective for me.”

Shortly thereafter, Cindy had a poignant idea to help her childhood friend and dance buddy. She and her daughter Andrea have dedicated 10% of the Ballerina Balm sales nationwide to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust as a way to help with the tremendous expense of her care. “I remember what an amazing dancer and tumbler Laurin was,” said Cindy. “I felt this was a good way that we could help with her support.”

Ballerina Balm is designed specifically to soothe the soreness and aches of dancers’ feet. The average ballerina exerts 220 psi of pressure on her feet when dancing en pointe.

10% of Sales to be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust

10% of Sales Will be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps to cover Laurin’s medical expenses.

“One of the main ingredients in the secret formula is peppermint, which is so rejuvenating,” said Cindy. “In the McAllen area, Ballerina Balm will be available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School.”

Ballerina Balm is part of the new Chalet Cosmetic line that Cindy and her daughter are launching nationally. Cindy grew up in the cosmetic industry. Sue Holland, her mother, owned and operated Merle Norman stores in La Plaza Mall, Edinburg, Pharr and Weslaco.

A limited number of stage makeup kits will be available for purchase at Melba’s Dance School, along with Chalet Cosmetics’ oil-absorbing pumpkin powder, cleansers, toners and moisturizers that are available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School, located at 2100 N. 10th Street in McAllen, Texas.

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Christmas Concert Singers Give Private Performance for Laurin

On December 20, 2015, a loving ensemble of local musicians gathered to perform a benefit Christmas concert for Laurin at South Padre Island. Most of them had never met Laurin, who is mostly confined to home and was unable to attend the concert. So they decided to do something about it. One week after the concert, several of the vocalists made the drive from the coast all the way to McAllen to visit with Laurin and share some of the concert music with her.

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For Laurin, having visitors is her absolute favorite thing. If they sing for her, that’s even better! She remained very alert, eyes wide open, taking it all in as the singers introduced themselves and then gathered around the piano for an informal concert just for her. To Laurin’s apparent surprise, her sister-in-law Lisa provided some accompaniment on the freshly-tuned baby grand piano. They shared several of the songs from the recent concert at the Island, as well as previous years’ concerts. It ended up as a Christmas carol sing-along, with many rich harmonies.

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What a joyous time of praising God for sending us the greatest gift of all: His Son, Jesus Christ, who left Heaven to become a helpless Baby and live a human life here on Earth. We celebrated the pure grace of this gift: God’s provision to pay for all of our sins so that we could ultimately spend eternity with Him.

Laurin was so blessed by this visit. She has been a bit depressed since her 106-year-old grandmother passed away just a couple weeks before in the same room. All the music seemed to lift her spirits. She definitely perked up and appeared to be getting into the Christmas spirit.

The visitors were also blessed to meet Laurin. Many people don’t understand how to relate to someone in her condition. Until they just do it.

The Lord provides. Merry Christmas!

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Christmas Concert Raises $4,000 for Laurin

For the second consecutive year, the proceeds of the annual Christmas concert by Brett Marshall and Friends have been given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. The total raised this year was $4,000, up from last year’s $3,000 gift.

The concert theme is different each year. This time, audiences entering Chapel by the Sea at South Padre Island for the concert were greeted by a stage decked out in cowboy-style décor. Sawhorses bearing Western saddles, a large cactus, a bale of hay and a couple of large, wagon-wheel barstools gave the place a let’s-do-a-show-in-the-barn atmosphere, minus the barn-like odors. As the show opened, the vocalists made their high-energy entrance in full Western regalia, complete with riding boots, jeans, cowboy hats and plenty of robust “yee-haw”s.

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The song selections were a festive mix of favorite familiar Christmas tunes and some exciting newer ones. Many were freshened up musically with a light-hearted country feel to fit the cowboy theme.

Both performances of the show were sold out. This may have been partly due to the gracious guest appearance of popular local singer Leslie Blasing, who performed three songs and headlined the event. She blessed all in attendance with a rousing, hilarious rendition of the Hippopotamus Song, followed by Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Later in the evening, her velvety, alto voice was perfect for Merry Christmas, Darling. Leslie-Blasing_headshot

Popular local musician Brett Marshall, known all over the Valley for his diverse piano stylings and smooth baritone vocals, served as music director of the event. He led an assortment of talented vocalists from South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista who rounded out the cast of this festive, annual event. Along with Marshall, the core vocalists consisted of soprano Carolyn Porter, alto/mezzo Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo-soprano Sara Steele, tenor Paul Cardile, tenor Ron Fuqua, baritone Dale Ziegler and tenor Harold Clark. “I think it’s becoming a favorite tradition now, especially among Winter Texans,” said Kinsolving. “People start asking me about it way ahead of time, so I know they look forward to it.”

Bringing a playful cameo to the event was guitarist/vocalist Gary Mancuso. His performance of Randolph The Shiny-Gun Cowboy followed by an audience sing-along of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, brought many smiles and giggles.

Another highlight of the evening was provided by Dave Boughter. His highly expressive drum work on the congas and bongos gave heightened drama to Marshall’s stirring rendition of The Little Drummer Boy. Boughter also added much to Do You Hear What I Hear? (with lead vocalist Kinsolving) by his expert touch on the snare drum.

The male vocalists added many laughs to the event with a new, Christmas re-write of the country classic Elvira. In it, they lamented the one drawback of living at South Padre Island: “We’re too far south for Santa!”

The concert was well-received by audiences. Participants are already looking forward to next year’s event, with ideas flowing for yet another fun theme.

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Benefit Christmas Concert for Laurin at South Padre Island 12/20/15

Popular local singer Leslie Blasing is slated to appear in the annual Christmas concert at Chapel by the Sea in South Padre Island on December 20 at 5:00pm, followed by a second performance at 7:30pm. With a $10 minimum contribution per ticket, the concert proceeds will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which assists disabled McAllen dancer Laurin Huber with her ongoing medical care expenses. Last year, the concert raised around $3000 for Miss Huber.

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Leslie Blasing, a well-known singer here in the Rio Grande Valley for the past 21 years, brings her unique, country style to this year’s concert. She’s performed regularly at such venues as the Sheraton (now The Pearl), Shrimp Haus, Palm Street Pier, Louie’s Backyard and Boomerang Billy’s (all at South Padre Island), as well as others throughout the Valley. Blasing was presented with the Valley Star Award Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the Winter Texan Times Entertainer of the Year Award for 2014 and 2015.

Entitled Country Christmas Show, this year’s concert features a down-home, country/western theme. “Our inspiration for this year was the old TV Christmas specials with all kinds of country stars singing favorite carols,” said concert organizer and soprano vocalist Carolyn Porter. “We hope to bring back the warmth and joy of those shows as we celebrate Christmas in song.”

Popular local musician Brett Marshall, known all over the Valley for his diverse piano stylings and smooth baritone vocals, serves as music director of the event. He leads an assortment of talented vocalists from South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista who round out the cast of this festive, annual event. Along with Marshall, the core vocalists consist of soprano Carolyn Porter, alto/mezzo Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo-soprano Sara Steele, tenor Paul Cardile, tenor Ron Fuqua, baritone Dale Ziegler and tenor Harold Clark. “I think it’s becoming a favorite tradition now, especially among Winter Texans,” said Kinsolving. “People start asking me about it way ahead of time, so I know they look forward to it.”

Concert attendees are urged to get their tickets early, as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at Paragraphs Bookstore on the Island or at Chapel by the Sea.

CONCERT INFO

Date: December 20, 2015

Time: TWO Shows: 5:00pm and 7:30pm

Event: “COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SHOW” with Brett Marshall and Chapel Friends

Where: Chapel By The Sea, South Padre Island, TX

Tickets: $10.00 minimum contribution (proceeds go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust)

More info: 612-309-2651

 

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Laurin’s #1 Angel Is Now In Heaven

Melba H. Stewart, born May 15, 1909 in Dallas, Texas, lived to the astonishing age of 106 years, 6 months and 28 days. On December 13, 2015, she passed peacefully at home surrounded by loving family members into the presence of her savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Melba Stewart (Laurin's grandmother)

Melba Stewart (Laurin’s grandmother)

Back when Stewart was 99 years old, the full force of Hurricane Dolly struck McAllen on July 24, 2008. Stewart got up in the middle of the night with no power in the house to check on her granddaughter, Laurin Huber. She fell and broke her neck. Her physician said many people with the same injury would suffer paralysis or die. Not Stewart. After three months of wearing an immobilizing, steel halo that screwed into her skull, she graduated to a neck brace. After doing physical therapy, she was once again enjoying full neck mobility by her 100th birthday! She was able to get around with a walker for several more years.

Hurricane Dolly was not the first time Stewart checked on her granddaughter. In 1980, Huber nearly died in a car wreck that left her immobilized and helpless. Stewart took Huber into her home and oversaw her care, which has required 24/7 nursing ever since. For more than 27 years, Stewart personally cooked and supervised the preparation of Huber’s food and ground it into a puree.

There’s another Huber who has benefited from Stewart’s sacrificial love. Melba Huber has been teaching dance at Melba’s Dance School in McAllen since 1957. Melba’s dancing feet might not have made it to year one without Stewart’s dancing fingers. Stewart played the piano for her daughter’s dance classes as payment for the class fees.

Back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, dancing teachers hired pianists to play for classes. Stewart could read music when playing for ballet classes and improvise when playing for tap classes. Pianists who could do both were rare. Sometimes when a dance instructor was teaching a tap step, Stewart would get up from the piano and do the step. Stewart said she always wanted to dance. Her musical fingers made it possible for thousands to dance at Melba’s School of Dance.

Even though Stewart played the piano for a 10-piece dance band, her gifted fingers weren’t limited to the keyboard. Stewart borrowed her daughter’s seventh-grade typing book, rented a typewriter for three dollars a month and taught herself to type at around 100 words per minute. Her typing skills helped land her a job with the Strauss Frank company (a national automotive parts company), where she served as office manager for many years.

After Melba Huber’s husband, Jim Huber, died in 1971, Stewart retired from Strauss Frank so that she could assist her daughter with her family and in growing her dance business. She served as office manager and designed and sewed costumes for dance recitals.

Stewart is survived by her daughter, Melba Huber, two grandsons, Carey and Keith Kinsolving, a granddaughter, Laurin Huber, and three great-granddaughters, Lindsay, Emily and Kylie Kinsolving.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to a cause close to Stewart’s heart: the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust (www.WeLoveLaurin.org). Please send donations to We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501.

 

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Love Notes from God

You may wonder what I mean by “love note from God.” It’s not to be confused with the love letter from God. He inspired the writing of the book we know as the Holy Bible, and it truly is a love letter to all his children. Cover to cover, it is all about God pursuing us, wooing us and loving us.

A love note from God is more individual and personal. He writes in your own heart language in a way that’s just for you. Sometimes it might be in the form of words. He might prompt a friend to call you right when you are feeling low and need the encouragement. Maybe he will simply speak something into your mind. Or some song lyrics jump out as if they were just for you. God made you and He knows exactly how to communicate His love in a way that is deeply personal to you.

Often, He doesn’t use words at all. I post a lot of photos on Facebook that I entitle “Love Note from God.” Most of them are sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico, shot from my third-floor balcony at the beach. God knows I’m not naturally a morning person and these daily blasts of beauty are like a whole-hearted embrace from my Maker. I respond with thanksgiving in my heart for the gift of another new day. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

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Now maybe you don’t live at the beach and your view of the sunrise each morning is obstructed by buildings. God has millions of other ways to send love notes. There’s no reason to be jealous of somebody else’s love note from God. So many parts of His wonderful creation can minister to his beloved children in ways individually meaningful to each one. The lavish detail and mind-boggling variety of wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes and weather are just a hint of how much God loves us. Sizes, shapes, colors, textures, patterns, movements, sounds: He created all of this amazing-ness just for us!

Gulf sunrises aren’t God’s only love note to me. He knows that a pelican flyover is another favorite of mine, as I delight in watching their oh-so-orderly business-like lineup zoom by. I feel His hugs when I’m able to spend time with a friendly dog that will cuddle up and let me spend an hour stroking its silky ears. He’s whispering in my ear when I see trees decked out in glorious splashes of fall color.

Pelicans!

I know some of God’s love notes to Laurin by the way she reacts to them. One of them is when friends come to visit her. She has her biggest smiles then, so it quite obviously means a great deal to her. Another one is when anyone talks to her about God or even sings a song to her. She becomes very emotional, apparently deeply moved by it.

How does God express His love for you? Maybe it’s a favorite wild bird singing outside your window. Or the way you know autumn is coming by that first delicious swirl of cool air intertwined with the leftover summer warmth. Or the scent of freshly-blooming honeysuckle wafting over the fence from your neighbor’s yard. He writes of His love to you through any or all of your senses and even directly to your mind.

Try going through each day with a heightened alertness towards God. Notice what makes you smile. Maybe that’s God loving on you. Take a moment to return the favor and respond to His love in a heartfelt way. He loves it when you think about Him, thank Him, praise Him, smile at Him.

If you think about it, you could thank Him by paying it forward. Be part of one of His love notes to Laurin (or someone you know in a similar situation). Drop by and visit her. Sing her a song. Pray with her. God will smile.

 

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If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

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Laurin’s Angels Ad Program Launched at Kick-Off Party

HUT-HUT-HIKE!

With football season nearly upon us, Laurin’s high school football buddies teamed up for another wonderful visit with Laurin. This time, the get-together was also the kick-off for a new program designed to raise funds to cover Laurin’s medical expenses.

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Laurin’s support team rallies around her.

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With all the talk of the McAllen High Bulldogs, Coach, a Boxer, may have felt a bit self-conscious.

Laurin SO enjoys these visits. You can tell by looking at her huge smile that she’d love to be up doing cheers, yells and flip-flops over it all, like she used to do as head cheerleader at McAllen High School years ago. If only she still could.

If you know Laurin or have been following her here and/or on Facebook, you know that since the accident in 1980 she hasn’t been able to do anything without assistance. In fact, she requires constant, skilled nursing care, which is quite expensive. Her insurance settlement money handled this nicely up until it ran out this past summer.

Laurin’s family and friends have been working for months now on various ideas to cover Laurin’s nursing costs going forward. The shortfall is around $5000 per month. The amount initially raised via a number of different fundraisers was quite encouraging and has lasted several months. But most people’s donations were much-appreciated, one-time gifts, while Laurin’s expenses are ongoing.

The new idea is something designed to be more of a continuing program. Laurin’s mother, Melba Huber, has owned and run Melba’s Dance School in McAllen since 1958. So far, she’s never opened her complex of seven dance studios and a retail dance shoppe to advertising. Until now. Through the Laurin’s Angels Ad Program, there are several packages available at different levels. Please use the “Laurin’s Angels” menu item above (far right) to see the full details.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Any of you who are active on Facebook or other social media sites would help out greatly if you shared, tweeted, etc. about this. Be sure to include a link to the Laurin’s Angels page: www.WeLoveLaurin.org/laurins-angels/.

You may also wish to help by making up a list of people you know who might be interested in the advertising program to help Laurin. This would mainly be in the McAllen area. If you do not feel comfortable approaching people about it yourself, you can send us the names and contact info, and we will let Laurin’s friends Lupe and Mark take a crack at it. They are definitely comfortable approaching people! :-) We are confident they will be scoring some touchdowns as they take this onto the field.

Please keep Laurin and her financial needs in your prayers as well. Anybody of any age anywhere in the world can help in this way! I know all the love and prayers make a huge difference to Laurin.

Thanks again SO much for your love and support of Laurin. I have seen it time and time again: Laurin’s friends are SO very important to her. See you in the end zone!

 

Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described above; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours. If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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