Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baby love (and a plea)

Isn't this little guy too cute in his Spidey glasses? He's also too sick, and I'm asking you to read his story, please.
Jayden had his first surgery when he was only 24 hours old. There have been many more procedures in his short life, but he keeps fighting.

I've been blogging buddies, long-distance writing pals, with his grandmother, Wen Baragrey, since before her daughter became pregnant, since before they knew her unborn child wasn't doing well, since before their home in Christchurch, New Zealand received a pounding in a series of unrelenting earthquakes.

Jayden was born and required frequent trips to the hospital, even as the ground kept shaking and terrorizing the people of Christchurch. Finally the family decided to relocate to Australia where they now live. But Jayden still needs help, and that's why I'm writing this post.

Wen has established the HelpBabyJayden blog to tell his story. There is also a donation page with Australia's MyCause. If you can give anything, it will be a blessing to this family as they struggle to meet Jayden's needs.

Another blogging friend, Natalie Bahm, has set up an auction to begin June 2. There will be books, critiques and art offered for bid.

Please do whatever of these things you can--spread the word, donate an item to the auction, attend the auction, make a donation to the MyCause site. Thank you so much.


Stephanie Thornton said...

I'm giving away a critique for Jayden--he's such a cutie and the auction is such a great cause.

And I love those glasses!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Stephanie: I'm so excited you are giving a critique for the auction! Anyone reading this who doesn't know, Stephanie just signed a three-book deal, and there's also a huge celebration with give-aways on her website.

Elana Johnson said...

He is adorable! I will check out the auction site.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Elana: Hi! Thank you so much.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Oh, he is too cute. So sad. Thanks for this. I'm on my way over to the auction site, too.

Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for posting about this. I'm off to look at the sites you linked to!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Cynthia & GoldenEagle: Thank you both so much!