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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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 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.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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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.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies

 

 

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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 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.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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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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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 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.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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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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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 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.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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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

 

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 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.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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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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Benefit Christmas Concert for Laurin

Date: December 21, 2014
Time: Two Shows: 4pm and 7pm
Event: “CHRISTMAS LOOKING BACK” with Brett Marshall and Chapel Friends
Where: Chapel By The Sea, SPI
Tickets: $8.00 (proceeds go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust)
More info: 612-309-2651

Get ready for another fun way to help Laurin! Laurin’s sister-in-law Lisa Kinsolving and some friends at South Padre Island have been doing an annual Christmas concert for several years now. When these friends heard about Laurin’s situation and her great need for financial help, they immediately suggested that the next concert be a benefit for Laurin. What a wonderful Christmas gift!

The concert takes us back to the 1940s during World War II, with some fun renditions of Christmas favorites that sound like they came right out of grandpa’s old radio. “The edgy harmonies of the big-band era are exciting and fun to sing,” said Lisa. “You don’t hear it much anymore, so we’re looking forward to bringing it back for this special event.”

The core group of vocalists for this event, from left: Brett Marshall, Carolyn Porter, Dale Ziegler, Lisa Kinsolving, Ron Fuqua and Paul Cardile

The core group of vocalists for this event, from left: Brett Marshall, Carolyn Porter, Dale Ziegler, Lisa Kinsolving, Ron Fuqua and Paul Cardile

Brett Marshall is the pianist, baritone vocalist and musical director of the show. An extraordinarily talented musician with several recording projects under his belt as well as a full-time music career, Brett’s musical leadership and people skills draw out the best in all the performers. Brett was quite moved when he first heard Laurin’s story and was eager to have the concert become a benefit for her.

Carolyn Porter, soprano, organizes the concert each year and oversees graphics and publicity. She delivers some lovely solos and brings a fun-loving energy to the show. “I’ve loved participating in the Christmas programs in past years,” she said, “but this year’s show will be so different and fun, and it’s heartwarming to help Laurin.”

Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo soprano, wrote the script and selected most of the songs for the concert. She will also be introducing a new, original Christmas song she wrote herself. “God really surprised me with that one,” she said. “I can’t wait for Laurin to hear it!”

Ron Fuqua, tenor, is known by regular attendees of the concert for his stirring rendition of O Holy Night, which he will reprise again this year. Ron loves the idea that his singing will be raising money for someone in need. “It feels so very good to help someone at this time of the year,” said Ron.

Paul Cardile, tenor, is always an uplifting, energetic presence when he sings. Performing in the Christmas concert “just makes me realize how much music means to me. It has been a gift from God that at times I took for granted, but always cherished,” said Paul. Finding out about Laurin’s connection with Gregory Hines brought back memories for him. In his early days of show business, Paul remembers auditioning and performing alongside Gregory and Maurice Hines!

Dale Ziegler rounds out the core group of vocalists with his fluid baritone voice. Get out the tissues when he sings I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Dale also directs the choir at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Port Isabel. It’s always great to have an expert in the show!

There will also be one or more guest appearances in the Christmas concert.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to get your tickets in advance. The venue is small enough that it could easily sell out. Ticket info is at the top of this post.

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

There are two performances, both on December 21: 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

There are two performances, both on December 21: 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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” 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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Shop + Help Laurin = Win-Win

FASHION FUNDRAISER

Another of Laurin’s wonderful friends has stepped up to bring an exciting fundraiser to the Valley for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. As you know, Laurin’s medical needs are ongoing. It is extremely expensive to get Laurin the care that she needs. Her helpless condition requires constant, skilled help.

Laurin's condition requires constant, skilled care.

Laurin’s condition requires constant, skilled care.

Enter Adriene Blackburn Coffey, who is coming all the way from California to host the Valley debut of the new Winter 2014 Collection by a fashion company called W by Worth. It will take place at two different locations over the course of four days and will be a benefit for Laurin. Here’s the scoop:

HOME OF JEANNE BLACKBURN (304 Tyler Avenue, McAllen)
Thursday, October 23, 9am-6pm
Friday, October 24, 9am-6pm

MELBA’S DANCE SCHOOL & DANCE SHOPPE (2100 N 10th St, McAllen)
Saturday, October 25, 1pm-5pm
Sunday, October 26, 11am-5pm

Please RSVP by indicating your choice of location/date to:

Adriene Blackburn Coffey
acoffey@wbyworth.com
415-378-1704 (Adriene)
956-686-7047 (Jeanne)

Please come and support Laurin and Melba. Giving is always in fashion!

Adriene Blackburn Coffey is bringing a W by Worth fashion trunk show to McAllen as a benefit for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

Adriene Blackburn Coffey is bringing a W by Worth fashion trunk show to McAllen as a benefit for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

LAURIN’S ANGELS

Thank you so much to Laurin’s lovely friends who have made such generous donations to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. The newest angels are:

Trudie Abbott
Dickie Friedrichs
Carlos Davila

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” 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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A Most Welcome Visit

Laurin always loves it when her friends come to visit her. She absolutely lights up, grinning, laughing and watching intently, making sure she absorbs every detail. I think she especially loves it that her nurse dresses her up a little and puts some makeup on her. So often, when I talk to her about makeup, she gets the giggles.

Laurin’s good buddy Lupe Enriquez organized a group of her friends from high school to attend a We Love Laurin party earlier this month. The turnout was excellent, with about a dozen showing up to bless and encourage Laurin. Most or all of them also left a contribution to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. Melba (Laurin’s mom) provided tasty refreshments, including chicken salad sandwiches, chips and glass-bottle Cokes. Knox Jones brought his guitar and ended up leading the group in a stirring rendition of Amazing Grace. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Laurin has the most wonderful, amazing, caring, generous, compassionate friends!

Laurin enjoys a wonderful visit with some friends.

Laurin enjoys a wonderful visit with some friends.

 

Laurin and the girls

Laurin and the girls

Laurin’s Angels

Many thanks to the following kind friends who came to cheer Laurin and to help her meet her ongoing medical expenses:

Mariano & Estela Bocanegra
Nora LaFranco
Alex Gamboa
Knox Jones
Omar Trevino
Harvey Balli
Leslie Law Tanner
Gay Hargis
Ben Garcia
David Carrales
Lupe Enriquez

Some other friends who couldn’t make it to the party sent donations as well:

Denis and Arimon Sanchez
Reba Showers
Gladys Law
Paulette Moore

Other recent donors include:

Penelope Hatch
Carrales & Co.
Danielle Travis
Valerie Blackburn
Melissa Jalomo
Jayne Freeland
Terry Cuevas

Thank you so much to all who are pitching in to help Laurin continue to have the excellent, constant medical care that she needs. You are all a vital lifeline for Laurin.

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” 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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Trinitie Takes the Ice Bucket for Laurin

The day Laurin attended the Annie show, it really made an impression on 9-year-old Trinitie, who played one of the orphans in the production. She had seen the video about Laurin at the recital, but getting to meet her made Laurin’s situation especially poignant to her. Trinitie’s heart brimmed with compassion knowing Laurin had been a wonderful dancer, but can now barely move. Trinitie’s mother, Tammie, explained to her that, while Laurin’s life changed drastically after the accident, she still had a good life. After all, she did get to attend the Annie performance and give roses to the cast members. She can still understand and enjoy what’s going on around her. Trinitie’s whole perspective on handicapped people changed from that moment. She still treasures the rose she received from Laurin as a special memory.

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Trinitie is an enthusiastic student at Melba’s Dance School, taking a full schedule of six classes each week. She is working hard toward her goal of dancing ballet “en pointe.” She is also growing up in a caring environment of supporting worthy causes. Part of everyday life for Trinitie is seeing her mother wearing ribbons and T-shirts for breast cancer, lung cancer, autism and child cancer awareness. Witnessing close family members suffer from cancer has further motivated Trinitie to get involved in the fundraising efforts herself.

Tammie’s niece recently nominated her for the Ice Bucket Challenge. But she didn’t like how small a fraction of donations were actually used for ALS research. With the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, she knew exactly where all the donation money would be going. She told Trinitie she was going to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge, but would do it for all disabilities and diseases, and her donation would be to Laurin. Trinitie immediately nominated herself to do it along with her mother and pledged to make a donation to Laurin herself.

Tammie in turn nominated other Melba’s moms, who also did the challenge for Laurin.

See what a 9-year-old with a big heart can do?

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” 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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