That is all I can really say right now.
You all have made life a bit easier for my niece and her parents.
I am overwhelmed and amazed and stunned at how generous you all are.
Thank you. I hope that I never have to come back and ask again as that will mean Claire is in remission and her and her parents will have only the normal worries of life. I knew all of you all are generous as fuck but I never counted on being able to put this ask out before my first cup of coffee and having you all pitch in by the time I finished my lunch.
In July, Claire was diagnosed with leukemia. Life abruptly changed for her and her family. Claire is doing her best to face this physically and emotionally difficult time with bravery and confidence. Her parents, Travis and Megan, and her little sister Paige are still standing in the face of extraordinary circumstances.
Claire has completed her first round of treatment at a local hospital. She recently transferred for continuing care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and will be there for many months. Her family takes comfort in knowing a world-leading institution is providing Claire’s care. However, this change complicates an already difficult situation.
We are fundraising, from a variety of sources and networks, to give Claire’s family some measure of relief and worry removal right now, during this difficult and stressful time.
I am asking for help from the Balloon Juice community to achieve one specific goal.
If you can help, I would greatly appreciate it during this scary and stressful time. There is no magic wand to wave that will make my niece better. Some of the best doctors, nurses, technicians, dietitians, and aides in the world are caring for her and monitoring her treatment to maximize her chances. But if we can take at least one source of stress and worry off of her parents’ shoulders, that can help my niece.
UPDATE 1: Holy shit — y’all have already covered first, last and security. Thank you.
UPDATE 2 ~10:05AM: Half way there… Thank you, thank you, thank you.
UPDATE 3 ~11:30AM: Yinz have kicked in everything except for August and September 2021 rent. WOW!
Here’s a bonus big guy photo:
Traveling has taken it out of him…well both of us. The day after we got back from the latest trip, he went to bed after breakfast and I decided to just let him sleep. Who needs to make the bed?
I have been putting off buying a new camera for a while, but for reasons you can probably understand, I have decided life is short, so I’m going to take the plunge.
I’m hoping for some suggestions.
Here is my criteria:
- Lightweight for hiking (if that wasn’t an issue, I’d just get different lenses for my current DSLR)
- Point and shoot for those “suddenly wildlife” shots
- Zoom for wildlife, birds and scenery while hiking and traveling
- Great if it was also good for my food blogging, but I can always use my current camera for that
- Excellent photo quality for a hobbyist
- Price point under $700 (I’m pushing it at that)
The zoom/point and shoot are key, so I can grab those wildlife shots without getting stomped on by moose, elk or bighorn sheep.
Here’s what I’ve been looking at, which seems to fit my needs, but I’m open to critiques and other options.
Thanks in advance…
Figured I’d put this on the front page so it doesn’t get buried and lost in comments:
Way off topic, but any BJ folks in the Houston area?I’m coming to town at the end of the month for professional reasons. The place I’m going to be touring is on Rogerdale Rd (77072). While I’m there they want me to visit some neighborhoods so I need to book a hotel….ASAP! Where should stay?
A friend recommended the Westchase area?
So those of you in Houston, I’d appreciate it if you’d provide some information to lamh. And by appreciate, I mean I won’t come to Houston, once there’s a vaccine and it’s safe to come out, and personally ask you why you didn’t help out when given the chance…
We thank you for your support!
Allow me to introduce my next door neighbor Sophie!
As you can see, she’s thrilled to meet you…
Sophie moved in at the end of this past winter. She was originally a foster pup from the local Boston Terrier rescue. Her human’s yellow lab had passed away several months before after a long and good life. The great news is that next door is Sophie’s forever home! The bad news is that Sophie, who is two, has really bad canine cataracts and is blind. The good news is there is surgery that can correct this. The not so good news is that while it isn’t cost prohibitive, it isn’t cheap either. Back when Sophie’s human told me that the vet who specializes in doing these types of surgery examined her and said she’d be a good candidate, I told her that when they were ready to do it that I’d put a request for donations up here. Because you all are kind, big hearted folks. While the surgery had been delayed for several weeks because of Florida’s sort of safer at home orders, they are now ready to get it scheduled and done.
Here’s what Jeanne, Sophie’s human, sent over this morning:
HELP! Sophie Marie came into our rescue 5 months ago with little to no sight and needs surgery! Sophie hadn’t seen a vet since she was 4 months old, had not had shots/vaccinations, or had her cataracts diagnosed/treated. Sophie was only about 16 pounds and her ribs and spine were obvious. But despite this neglect, Sophie had the ability to trust and bond with a new human. She is a sweet and funny girl that likes nothing better than to be curled up on your lap or at least touching you. Sophie has gotten much more comfortable meeting new people over the months and it has been wonderful to see her gain more confidence. We can’t wait to see the dog she becomes with vision! As you can imagine, juvenile bilateral cataract surgery is a big deal, and a big expense. We hope that you will join us in our fight to save Sophie’s sight by donating any amount you can.
They can also use the email address with Paypal or Google Pay: [email protected]
If they would prefer to send a check, they can send it to our lockbox at:
Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida
4300 W. Lake Mary Blvd. #1010-358
Lake Mary, FL 32746
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 80-0020296
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF CH14503 MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY VISiTING www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com OR CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Any funds collected in excess of the amount needed to pay for the vet bills for Sophie Marie will be applied to the vet care of other foster dogs in BTRFL’s care.
The announcement is also on the Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida website and Facebook page.
Anything you all can do will be greatly appreciated! And as part of thanking you all in advance, here’s a bonus picture of Sophie rocking one of her sweaters out in the side yard between our properties.
You all know what to do!
Anyone have any experience with Chromebooks? I’m trying to find a decent laptop (with keyboard) for an elderly relative.
I’ve been looking at 15 inch Chromebooks because their PC was making them crazy as every microsoft update would mess up their settings. Chromebook looks like it runs like a PC without all the MS bullshit. So no learning curve.
They are frail and would rather not deal with those hassles, just wants to surf the internet and keep in touch with family and friends.
Would love to know your thoughts if you’ve used one and maybe answer some questions for me.
Otherwise, if you could just skip over this thread, I’d appreciate it.
I miss Alain, who I would have sheepishly bugged with this question…