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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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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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.

Trinitie-and-Laurin

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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Seven Ways to Communicate with Someone Who Cannot Speak or Move

Maybe you’ve never been in a situation where you were with someone who couldn’t speak. Maybe you’ve avoided these situations because you felt awkward and didn’t know how to act. I first met Laurin while dating her brother Carey (now my husband) back in 2004. I admit that it was difficult as I struggled to think of clever things to say that wouldn’t offend her in any way. I was so busy self-editing that I usually pretty much clammed up.

So how do you get to know and carry on a relationship with a person who is completely non-verbal and can’t even move in order to communicate by gestures? This is far from a comprehensive list, but here are a few ways that have come to me over the past 10 years of knowing Laurin.

1. One-Way Conversation

Master the art of the one-way conversation. Shakespearean characters do it all the time, speaking at length in grand soliloquies. Your language need not be nearly such perfect poetry. Just think out loud. Share with her some of the things that have happened in your life since the last time you spoke to her.

If you need a little help getting started, just read to her. Laurin loves to be read to from the Bible, but you could also read other books, magazines (show her the pictures, too), letters, text messages and emails. You might also take her hand and pray with her.

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You can talk to her on the phone, too. There is always a nurse nearby who can take the phone to Laurin and put it on speakerphone. Carey is quite good at this. I thought it was weird at first. Did she really get anything out of it? He would call Laurin while he was out shopping or something, describing everything he was seeing. She got a huge kick out of this!

Once you get started, you’ll find that you can get on a roll quite easily, since she won’t interrupt you to divert the conversation to some distracting rabbit trail. She will listen to anything you want to tell her. She just loves the company. And she’s absolutely the best at keeping secrets.

2. Eye Contact

If words fail you, just look her in the eye and smile. Watch her face for reactions when you talk to her. This is one way to communicate with Laurin where you’ll be on equal footing. In fact, Laurin may be better than most people are at communicating with their eyes, since that is by far the main way she can connect with people.

If you want to get her answering yes/no questions, she’s able to answer those through blinking her eyes. Just establish with her that you know the code: zero blinks for no, one blink for yes. (In Laurin’s case, she adds extra blinks for YES!!!) If she’s in the mood for this, you’ll be able to tell she’s into it because her blinks will be especially emphatic, and her eye contact will be like steel. And I mean those flashing baby blues will slice right through you!

This might be taken a step farther. I don’t know that it has been tried with Laurin, but she would need to be having an especially alert day to even attempt it. Some have had success with alphabet board blinking, though it is laborious for the blinker. The way this works is you show the person a paper with the alphabet arranged in four or five rows. Establish that you want them to spell out what they want to say to you. Then point to each row of letters and ask if the first letter of their message is in that row. Have them blink when you point to the correct row. Then point to each letter in that row and have them blink when you touch the correct letter. Write down each correct letter so you can figure out the message when you’re finished. You can see why I said “laborious.” That might be why no one’s tried it (that I know of) with Laurin yet.

3. Your Presence

Just being in the room with Laurin can be a way to connect with her. Often, small children seem to get this right away. My twin nephews were five years old when they first met Laurin. Her condition didn’t seem to inhibit them at all. They got close and touched her, talked to her, talked to each other, and just filled the room with light, joy and energy.

4. Touch

You do have to be a little delicate with this one, as there may be medical equipment such as catheters, feeding tubes, IVs, tracheostomy tubes, oxygen masks, etc. that you should be careful not to disturb. With Laurin, a gentle touch of the hand or arm, a stroke of the hair, or a kiss on the cheek or forehead seem to be welcome gestures of affection and friendship. Don’t overdo it, though. She’s not a lap dog.

5. Shared Experience

If the non-verbal person can be taken for a car ride, you could go on a little sightseeing drive together. If she has a wheelchair, take her out for a walk on a nice day. Point out birds, flowers and other interesting or beautiful things you see. Once, Laurin’s nurse bundled her up in warm blankets in her wheelchair and Carey and I took her to go see the Christmas light display in a nearby town square. You’d have thought she died and went to heaven. And speaking of heaven, Laurin loves to be taken to attend church services.

Brother and sister enjoy the Christmas lights together.

If you can’t take the person anywhere, then just enjoy together whatever you see outside the window. Make sure she has something to look at there. Plant a pretty garden. Set up bird feeders so she can watch the constant action of some colorful, feathered friends.

Watch a movie together. Laurin watches movies alone all the time. But you know how it is. Watching it WITH someone somehow elevates the experience. This is especially true for Laurin, as the only visitors she usually gets are medical personnel.

Another thing Laurin loves is to look at your vacation photos. This is a huge bonus, since most people would be yawning and looking at their watches by the time you hit the tenth photo of the Grand Canyon. As long as she’s not already sleepy, you have a willing audience in Laurin!

Laurin enjoys her brother's vacation photos.

6. Demonstration

This is where your high school drama skills can come into play. Re-enact something that happened to you. Show her how something works. Trot out some of your dance moves. Sing her a song. I’ve sung to her spontaneously a few times, and it really moves her. She tears up and gets emotional (in a good way!). It seems to minister to her deeply.

7. Technology

Laurin has been blessed with a unique piece of technology known as an eye-gaze computer. There is great potential for communication here, but there’s a big learning curve. Laurin has had a few sessions with it, but she really needs someone who can spend some serious time working with her on it. Whenever she sees the computer, she gets so excited. I know she wants to learn. We’ve been letting her listen to Bible messages on her computer and she’s never more alert.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

I’m planning to write more about this in a separate post, but I believe there is huge potential with this computer to allow Laurin a level of communication that she hasn’t enjoyed for several decades.

Just Do It

Don’t let your inhibitions get the better of you. Just because someone can’t talk to you, doesn’t mean they don’t require connection with people. We all need other people in our lives. Friendship is a deep human need built into us by our Creator. Laurin demonstrates that every time her friends come to visit her and her smile simply lights up the room.

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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The Embrace of Bracelets

NEW FUNDRAISER

We are excited to announce that a friend of Laurin’s has donated some We Love Laurin fundraising bracelets to benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. Lauren Useda Law took the initiative and had these stylish and colorful custom bracelets made especially for Laurin. They are now available at Melba’s Dance School for a suggested donation of $10 each. If you’re interested in a fun and great-looking way to support Laurin and to help spread the word about her ongoing needs, stop by and get your bracelet!

Show your support for Laurin with a stylish and colorful We Love Laurin bracelet.

Show your support for Laurin with a stylish and colorful We Love Laurin bracelet.

LAURIN’S ANGELS

All who have given in some way to Laurin (which includes not only money, but time, resources, self, prayers, etc.) are part of a VITAL team of people. Every one of you is so important to Laurin and her family. I cannot overemphasize this. It is very much a team effort. In an immediate and tangible way, you are Laurin’s Angels.A HUGE thank you to Laurin’s newest angels, who have given gifts to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust:

Lisa Heaps-Seguchi
Melva Castillo
HD Foundations, Inc.
Jeanne Blackburn
Lauren Useda Law

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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Birthday Celebration and Hunters Expo

BIRTHDAY JOY
Thank you to all who wished Laurin a happy birthday in some way, whether on Facebook or by calling, visiting or making a donation to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. She lights up whenever you mention her birthday. She listened carefully when I tried to explain Facebook to her, and told her how many birthday wishes her loving friends had left for her.

"Happy Birthday, dear Laurin..."

“Happy Birthday, dear Laurin…”

One of her birthday gifts was a flash drive filled with Christian music and Bible teaching she can listen to. Her nurses plug the flash drive into her computer and play these mp3 files via iTunes. Laurin listens with intent focus to the Bible messages. She loves to attend church, but seldom gets the opportunity. The other option was to bring church to her. You can tell by watching her that this meets a deep need.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

We also had a little cake in honor of Laurin’s birthday. Laurin isn’t able to eat cake since she now must receive all her nutrition via a feeding tube directly into her stomach. But she still loves the festivity of the cake-and-candles tradition, along with the obligatory singing of “Happy Birthday.” She smiled contentedly while the rest of us gathered around and had cake and ice cream. And then she laughed at us while we struggled to get her birthday present up and running.

Laurin enjoys the festivities as her brother Carey presents her birthday cake and candles.

Laurin enjoys the festivities as her brother Carey presents her birthday cake and candles.

HUNTERS EXPO FUNDRAISER
We are so blessed that Chris Curl has donated a booth for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust at the Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo this weekend. It runs July 18-20 at the McAllen Convention Center. If you can, please stop by the booth. One of Laurin’s best buddies, Lupe Enriquez, is running the booth for us. He and/or some other friends of Laurin’s will be there to greet you. Help us spread the word if you can!

LAURIN’S ANGELS
A HUGE thank you to Laurin’s newest angels, who have given gifts to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust:

Jennifer Clearman
Pink Chalet Boutique
Ofelia Parker
Diana Albrecht
Joel D. Galindo, C.P.A.

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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Laurin’s Condition: What Is Locked-In Syndrome?

I realize that many of Laurin’s friends and supporters may be unclear about what her current condition actually is. Just so you know, she is not in a coma. She is not in a vegetative state. Neither is she brain-dead. Her condition is most closely related to “locked-in syndrome.” She is conscious, self-aware and has intellect. She is able to respond on a limited level.

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Locked-in syndrome is usually a result of a stroke, but can be caused by trauma to the head. It occurs when there is damage to the lower brain/brainstem. In the most severe cases, the patient appears to be in a coma and can only move their eyes a little. They still have all their senses, but cannot move or talk. We know this, because, though extremely rare, there have been a few cases of a patient recovering from locked-in syndrome. Those patients were a valuable source of information about what it’s like for someone with locked-in syndrome.

Laurin is a little bit less severe than the worst cases since she can move her head a bit and can make slight vocal sounds. She has a complete range of facial expressions, so you can definitely tell how she’s responding to various stimuli around her. She may laugh at your jokes or get teary-eyed when you sing her a meaningful song. She is simply trapped inside a body that won’t do what she wants it to.

Laurin's nurses use a power lift to move her from bed to bath or wheelchair.

Laurin’s nurses use a power lift to move her from bed to bath or wheelchair.

Being unable to communicate with others is quite possibly the most frustrating aspect of Laurin’s condition. One way you can help is to establish the “one blink for no and two blinks for yes” code. Then ask her yes/no questions and watch her eye blinks. This is one way we know Laurin is still “in there” and able to think!

Another way we have to communicate with Laurin is the eye-gaze computer. It follows her eye movements and she can learn to control the computer with just her eyes. I will write more about the computer in another post sometime soon. So far Laurin has only had limited opportunities to learn and practice on this computer. She seems to be pretty excited about it, though!

Laurin checks out her eye-gaze computer. Gotta love technology!

Laurin checks out her eye-gaze computer. Gotta love technology!

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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Trust Update: Trunk Show and Other Donations

We are so grateful to Monica Martinez and Lori Nisimblat for all their work on the Stella and Dot Charity Trunk Show to benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. This was truly a unique and oh-so-fashionable way to help Laurin with her ongoing medical expenses. Thank you to all who placed orders!

Shop for a cause... help the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust!

If you missed out on this event, please be sure to “like” Laurin’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin. We may be doing an encore event later this summer. Stay tuned!

We also wish to thank the following supporters, who either wrote checks to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, or gave online via PayPal (see “Donate” button below).

Susan Lawler
Mary Chapin
Victoria Bennett
Jack & Bobbie Buck
Nancy Weiss
Georgeanna Jones
Jo Rowan
Pamela Economides
Robert Davis
Jill Garza
Hildegardo G. Costa
Daisy A. Arce
Helena Solis
Margaret Leal
Karen Aguirre

Some of these folks are friends who now live hundreds of miles away. It is so special and touching to us how y’all have rallied around to help Laurin. What a blessing to know that friendship is not diminished by distance!

Be sure to keep an eye out for future fundraisers. There are some exciting plans in the works! 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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Little Girls Raise Money at Birthday Party to Help Laurin

As you might remember from a previous post here, the cast of “Annie” got to meet Laurin when she attended the closing night performance. The musical was not only delightful, but also successful at raising some money to help Laurin with her medical expenses. We are so thankful to All Star Theatre and their outstanding work with Melba’s Dance School to make it all possible.

One of the smallest “Annie” cast members (8-year-old Gabi Ramirez, who played the role of Molly) was apparently quite moved by Laurin’s situation. Once “Annie” was finished and she and her parents could finally plan her long-postponed birthday party, they decided to ask the guests to bring donations for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. Gabi might be small, but her heart is big. What an inspiring message for kids: you don’t have to wait until you’re a grown-up to do important things!

Gabi Ramirez at her Birthday Fundraiser for Laurin

Gabi kicks off her 8th birthday celebration with some of her buddies from “Annie”: Carlos Perez (program designer), Ricky Flores (played the role of Drake) and Joel Garza (director). The “Annie” production and Gabi’s birthday party both raised money to help Laurin with her medical expenses.

Gabi’s mother, Laura Ramirez, said some of the other “Annie” orphans attended the birthday party as well: Julia Martinez, Olivia Fuentes and Helena Solis. Besides donations for Laurin, Gabi also received many books for her school library as birthday gifts. She is quite an accomplished reader at a young age, and this was another way she wanted to make a difference for others. She did receive at least one gift for herself: a much-hoped-for new pair of tap shoes. We know she will put those to good use!

Do you (or your kids!) have any fundraising ideas for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust? We’d love to hear about them. Please contact us!

We are SO grateful to each and every person who donates, shares, gives encouragement or prays for Laurin. It is ALL so very important! #LaurinsAngels

If you haven’t already, be sure to “like” the We Love Laurin page at www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin. This is another way you can help: by getting the word out. Whenever you think of it, please “share” her blog and Facebook posts so we can get more people aware of Laurin’s ongoing financial needs.

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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