CCA Benefit planning off to a great start!

Several of my closest friends and family members have come together to me help plan a benefit for Children's Craniofacial Association in Aiden's honor. CCA is a wonderful organization that provides resources and financial assistance to families affected by craniofacial conditions. We turned to CCA when we were first coming to terms with Aiden's diagnosis at birth, and we've been involved with them ever since.

Over the last 16 months, I've had numerous people ask how they can help our family. We've been very fortunate to have people help with watching the kids when needed, make us meals, and even donate frequent flyer miles to help reduce some of our travel expenses for our many trips to and from Dallas. Furthermore, Ricky works for a company that has an AWESOME benefit package and many many caring individuals that have personally helped alleviate much of the mounting medical bills that we face. And although we still worry about paying for his many surgeries and struggle to continue to make things work on one salary (I quit my job to take care of the boys full-time after Aiden was born), we know how lucky we are. We want to ensure that other families - those that may not be as fortunate - can always turn to CCA to get the medical, financial and emotional support that they may need for their child.

So, I know that many of you have already opened your hearts, given your time and energy and reached into your pockets for us, but if you want to do more, this is your opportunity!

First of all, circle the month of September 2010 on your calendar and keep your Saturday's open because we hope to have all of our loved ones - all of the people that know and care about Aiden - attend the Silent Auction Dinner that is currently in the planning stages. Once we have a date confirmed, I will let everybody know.

Our fundraising goal for the event is $10,000. I decided to start our efforts now by creating a FirstGiving page where anyone can donate online starting today. Please visit Aiden's page: and donate as much or as little as you can. Seriously - $5 or $500 - the dollar amount doesn't matter. Your thoughtfulness and contribution in any amount means the world to us!

In the meantime, I will continue to post updates as the plans for the Silent Auction Dinner become more concrete.

Thanks everyone!

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