Jerry the Bear Fundraiser: Update

Remember back in November when Caylin and I put on a fundraiser during National Diabetes Awareness Month to try to raise enough money to purchase ten Jerry the Bears to donate to the Vanderbilt Diabetes Clinic that Caylin goes to? Well, I wanted to pop on in and update you all on of that.

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously. We raised enough money to purchase 5 Jerry’s, which was wonderful. We didn’t hit our goal of 10, but Caylin and I were both so thankful and excited about what we were able to raise and it was all because of YOU. So THANK YOU. Thank you to the super sweet and generous folks who donated a prize to win as well. You can see all of the prize donors HERE. Please check them out and support them. They are all such wonderful, sweet and kind people (love you all)!

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Caylin got her checkup! She is doing great! Her A1C was 6.9. So thankful for that! She is such a brave girl!

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Even one of the Jerry’s got on the examination table for his checkup! ;)

Caylin’s 3-month endocrinology appointment was just a couple of weeks ago and so we took the five Jerry the Bears and handed them off to their new home, the Eskind Vanderbilt Diabetes Clinic. They’ll be working with an awesome woman named, Leslie Grissim, who is the Child Life Specialist there. Leslie helps the children there who are newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes learn to cope and adjust through educational activities, psychological preparation, and therapeutic play. Caylin and I both knew that the bears would be perfect there. Leslie was SO grateful for them and some people even popped in to check them out while we were there. The bears even sparked a conversation about Leslie maybe starting to do a toddler class, which is awesome!

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We also dropped off the remainder of the stickers that we collected from our “Stick it to Diabetes Sticker Drive.”

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Thank you to everyone who donated stickers, too! Caylin and I are both so very thankful for your BIG hearts and generosity! The bears are going to do SO much! I’m just so excited to hear about how many lives they touch and how they help educate diabetic children and their siblings. I think they’re even going to be hanging out at the Summer Camp, too! How fun!

So thank you again. You guys are awesome and I thank you for opening your wallets and your heart to help Caylin and I make a difference in the lives of children living with Type 1 Diabetes. Giving you all a BIG virtual hug!

Have a great day! Make it a good one! XOXO!

 

 

Caylin’s Cure Fundraiser Prize Winners

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I’m so happy to update you all on our Caylin’s Cure Jerry the Bear fundraiser that Caylin and I did last month to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month and to give back! While we didn’t reach our goal of $2799 for 10 bears, we did raise half of the money needed and so we were able to purchase 5 bears! We are so excited to donate these bears and see the kids’ faces light up as they play with Jerry, interact with him and learn with him. So THANK YOU to everyone who donated, spread the word about our fundraiser, shared it, prayed about it, etc. We can’t thank you enough. Our hearts are full. :)

This past weekend I placed every donor’s name on a ticket for every $5 that they donated and put them all in a bucket (you can see the little video on Instagram if you haven’t ready). Caylin drew the prize winners and I’m excited to announce them below. I will be sending out emails to you all in the next day or two to get your shipping addresses and get you all set up to receive your prizes. Thank you again for opening up your heart and your wallet and helping Caylin and I do this. We are SO grateful. These Jerry the Bears are going to do SO much good and you had a hand in that!

Caylin and I are going to be donating all 5 bears to the Child Life department at the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic (where Caylin goes). There the bears are going to be used to help newly diagnosed children. The Child Life department also puts on Camp Sugar Falls, which is a day-camp experience for children ages 6-12 who have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. We are THRILLED to be able to give the bears to the wonderful folks at Vanderbilt to help so many children. THANK YOU!

Ok, and now on to the prize winners! Yay!

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A beautiful “Choose Joy” felt embroidered hoop from Catshy Crafts

CARLI PATTON

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Midnight Album – Dots Edition, Midnight Core Kit, Big Pack of Pocket Pages from Becky Higgins.

BEVERLY THACKERAY

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A bundle of super cute fabric that is a mix of Urban Zoologie and Remix prints by Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle.  They are 10” squares with a total of 42 pieces. They can be cut easily into four sets of charm (5”) squares or quick strips or half-square triangles.

NICHOLE DUENKE

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A $50 gift certificate from my friends at Lawn Fawn!

ADRIANNE MCQUITTY

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CORTNEY SKERL

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A $50 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn!

VICKY DRISDELLE

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PetiteLemonA $50 gift certificate to Petite Lemon

STEPHANIE GRAF

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Three sets of washi tapes from Artsyville

1. KRISTI MANGAN

2.DEBORAH GALLOWAY

3. SUSAN BUSADA

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Two mugs from Morning Sunshine Shop. Winners can choose the mug of their choice. :)

1. KATHY MORGAN-HARTZ

2. KEN GUSTAFSON

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A Simplified Journal by Emily Ley

PAM BECKNER

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A set of super cute animal closet dividers from Lucy Darling

JACKIE PETTIT

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A stamp set of the winners choice from Waffle Flower

JENNIFER SETH

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A “My Mom Snaps” gift bundle (tote, book and notecards) from my friend Darcy at Pretty Girl Designs.

LISA HEERMAN

So if you name was mentioned above – you’ll be hearing from me soon! Thank you again to everyone who helped make this little fundraiser a HUGE success. Caylin and I are SO happy!

We both hope you and your families have a blessed weekend! XOXO!

It’s really not that scary.

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“It’s really not that scary.”

Those are the words that my sweet 8-year-old daughter wrote on a piece of paper when she was asked what she would tell a newly diagnosed child with Type 1 Diabetes. I remember watching her draw the little person with a smiley face (her) and reading the words she wrote and holding back my tears. What a brave girl I have. I’m so glad that she is so caring and compassionate and really has a heart for others. Yes, she has Type 1 Diabetes, but you should see her face when she hears of another child being diagnosed. She cringes (like I do) and I can see her get sad. I’m sure there is some comfort in knowing she’s not alone, but her heart breaks for that child, too because she knows how hard it can be. I love her caring heart and so I’m not surprised that she chose to write something to comfort and encourage a child going through something she has gone through.

Just five words and a girl with a smile. Makes me so proud. Such a small piece of paper, but it says so much.

  • November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you’d like to donate to the fundraiser that Caylin and I are doing this month to raise $2799 to purchase 10 Jerry the Bears to donate to a Diabetes Summer camp, you can donate HERE and read about the fundraiser and see the prizes you can win HERE. Thank you for your support! We’re almost halfway there!

Caylin’s Cure Fundraiser: Help Us Buy 10 Jerry the Bears!

 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and throughout the month I will be posting some information about Type 1 diabetes and also some glimpses into our lives as we manage our daughter’s diabetes. I thought this month would also be a great time to do something to give back and so I talked with Caylin and we both agreed that it would be so much fun to have a fundraiser this month to raise enough money to purchase TEN Jerry the Bears and donate them to a Summer Diabetes Camp so that hundreds of children can learn from them and enjoy them every year. So that’s exactly what we’ve set out to do! Ten Jerry’s cost $2799 and so we’re wanting to raise AT LEAST that much to purchase the bears and so we need your help!

You might remember last year when Caylin sold some of her original artwork to raise money to purchase her own Jerry the Bear. Well, she loves him and we love the folks at Sproutel, who created Jerry, and would love to give back this way and provide these for some children to enjoy! You can read and see more about Jerry HERE.

So, here’s how you can help:

From now until the end of the month, for every $5 dollars that you donate to our fundraiser your name will be entered to win an awesome prize. I have SO many wonderful people and companies who have generously and graciously donated wonderful items for our fundraiser.

Here’s a list of the super kind and generous people and companies that have donated and what you can win:

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A beautiful “Choose Joy” felt embroidered hoop from Catshy Crafts

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Midnight Album – Dots Edition, Midnight Core Kit, Big Pack of Pocket Pages from Becky Higgins.

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A bundle of super cute fabric that is a mix of Urban Zoologie and Remix prints by Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle.  They are 10” squares with a total of 42 pieces. They can be cut easily into four sets of charm (5”) squares or quick strips or half-square triangles.

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A $50 gift certificate from my friends at Lawn Fawn!

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A $50 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn!

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PetiteLemonA $50 gift certificate to Petite Lemon

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Three sets of washi tapes from Artsyville

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Two mugs from Morning Sunshine Shop. Winners can choose the mug of their choice. :)

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A Simplified Journal by Emily Ley

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A set of super cute animal closet dividers from Lucy Darling

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A stamp set of the winners choice from Waffle Flower

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A “My Mom Snaps” gift bundle (tote, book and notecards) from my friend Darcy at Pretty Girl Designs.

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Aren’t all of those prizes SO great?! What’s even greater is that YOU can be a part of helping us reach our goal this month and make A LOT of kids happy, including Caylin!

If we reach our goal and surpass it, Caylin and I would love to do more as well!

Here’s how you donate and enter:

You can send your donation two ways.

1) Go HERE to our Go Fund Me page to donate

For every $5 you donate, your name will be entered into the drawing to win one of the above prizes. The more you donate, the more chances you have of winning. For instance – if you donate $25, you get FIVE entries into the drawing. If you donate $100 you get TWENTY entries. I will be writing out everyone’s names on tickets and letting Caylin draw the winners for each prize.

2) You can mail a check. Just put “Caylin’s Cure Fundraiser” in the subject line and email me for the address to mail it to.

We will be accepting donations until the end of the month.

Another way you can help is by spreading the word. If you could do a blog post, post on your social media, share with your family and friends, etc., that would be wonderful. We’d love to hit our goal!

Caylin and I BOTH thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for doing what you can. If nothing else, please pray for our little fundraiser and for all of those who deal with Type 1 diabetes every day.

Thank you! Please let me know if you have any questions and please support the above companies and people above who so generously gave without hesitation.

  • If you have a product/prize that you’d like to donate – please email me at kristinaproffitt(at)one-happy-mama(dot)com.

Help Jerry the Bear!

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You all might have seen a bit about Jerry the Bear back a bit when Caylin was raising money to purchase it by selling original pieces of her own artwork. Well, since then – Jerry has been a beloved part of our family and we are so thankful for the awesome folks who have poured their hearts into this bear to help kids who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Jerry is awesome and Caylin loved the fact that one of her stuffed animals also has Type 1. Jack loves it because he can interact with it and help it eat and get insulin. It’s a great educational tool and not only that, but it really helps kids have a bit of fun despite how UNFUN diabetes is.

Well, the awesome folks behind Jerry the Bear are trying to get a bear into the hand of EVERY child diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. There are over 12,000 kids diagnosed EVERY year.

So please head on over to their fundraising site HERE and check it out and donate if you are able to. If you’re not able to right now, that’s totally OK. I am going to be doing a fundraiser later this year to try to help the cause as well!

Thanks to the awesome people at Sproutel who are doing such a wonderful thing for these awesome, brave kids!

I hope you’ll be a part of it all! XOXO!