Let's start by saying "Thank You" to everyone that has purchased, donated, supported, motivated or prayed for our endeavors over that last three years. McKenna is a special little girl and deserves every second of our thoughts and prayers. Since her birth January 12, 2008, McKenna has endured several major surgeries, overnight hospital stays and additional medical treatment to repair her cleft lip and cleft palate. In February of 2009 Sandy Johnson (McKenna's nana) Danielle Fenning (McKenna's aunt) and myself (McKenna's aunt) have worked hard to raise money to help with the medical expenses that the insurance and family were unable to cover at the time. The total cost when we began this project was $5,175.11. I am proud to say that as of today we have paid off $2,525.11 of those bills through our efforts. The expenses remaining are $2,650 and we have $396.20 sitting in her designated bank account for the monthly payment of $50.00. I called the agency that is handling the medical bills and I am told that we can settle the account for 60% of the cost. Currently that would be $1590.00 which is a little out of our reach right now. I know that we aren't there yet but I am hoping by January we might have raised enough with our craft sales to pay off all the old bills from the past few years.
Why am I telling you all this? First off, I want our organization to be full disclosure. Since we are not a 501C not-for-profit organization, we really want our donators and supporters to know where their money is going. We use the funds we raise to pay back the crafter for their products. We also have business expenses such as the website, booths at craft fairs, displays and other minor expenses. All other money goes directly to McKenna's bank account and pays off these past bills.
We want to work hard to get these paid off in the next few months because McKenna is now 3 ½ and needs to begin her speech therapy. I was blessed to spend the last week with my sisters, mother and the rest of the Perez family for my Cousin Kristy's wedding. While we were together our wonderful family went through all of our craft projects and purchased items for themselves and their little ones. I was able to see firsthand the love and support that our family provides each other in their time of need.
I want to share with you one of the little videos that was taken of McKenna while we visited. This will allow you to see her improvements from her cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. It will also allow you to hear a little bit of her speech and understand that this next step is a necessary one.
Please if you have any questions or comments regarding our fundraising efforts or McKenna's treatment, feel free to contact me. Thank you all and God Bless.
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www.cookingwithbrandy.com/store to purchase items to support McKenna