Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Michael's Birthday Month :: Raising Funds

November is a big month in our family. It hasn't always been, three years ago it was just the month that we celebrated Thanksgiving and anticipated the arrival of Christmas. The very next year, however, that all changed. The next November was a month of trials, devastation and heartache. It is the month we gave birth to our stillborn son, Michael. Michael had been diagnosed with Ebstein's Anomaly just one week prior to us losing him. The following year November brought remembrance, reflection and a sweet little addition just four days before Michael's first birthday. November is now a month we celebrate the birth of two of our sons and give thanks for our many blessings. We have turned our heartache into hope and faith that we will see our little boy again.

In honor of our son Michael, I would like to raise money for the Ebstein's Anomaly Foundation once again through my design shop, Simply Yours Designs. It has been two years since finding out about our son's congenital heart defect and there is still very little information about it. I have received emails from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who have suffered through similar experiences with Ebstein's Anomaly and it is heartbreaking to know there isn't a lot that can be done due to the lack of research. The Ebstein's Anomaly Foundation helps "fund research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this rare congenital defect. Each year, (they) fund the most promising research under the direction of (their) Advisory Board. (Their) advisor will be doctors and institutions who are dealing with Ebstein's cases as well as other congenital heart defects on a daily bases."*

This year I have redesigned Michael's template in the shop. I took one of my best selling templates and revamped it with a new color scheme. 100% of the proceeds from this template will go straight to the Ebstein's Anomaly Foundation year round. For the month of November, however, 40% of all purchases made in the shop will be donated as well in honor of Michael's birthday.

If you would prefer to donate directly to the Ebstein's Anomaly Foundation you can go here and enter any amount. Even just one dollar from each of you can make a difference. Just be sure to tell them I sent you!

*source: Ebsteins Anomaly Foundation


  1. what a special way to honor your sweet Michael. thinking of you and sending hugs as you remember his loss this month, and always.


  2. I wish I knew some magic words, but I wanted you to know that I'm praying for you & your family. Sending hugs across the miles from one mommy who knows the loss this heart defect can cause, to another. Thank you for bringing awareness to Ebsteins Anomaly, and especially for sharing your thoughts. You are an inspiration to me. Not sure if my message went through to you in the "getting to know you" section a few weeks ago, but you can contact me any time if you ever want to talk! :)- I may need to get a layout for a BLOG! It's a work in progress.
    Jennifer K.


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