Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We'd like to introduce you to ERIN HARDIN.
Erin is an adoption advocate, special education teacher, and passionate mama to 4 children, biological twin boys and 2 children with special needs adopted from China. She is a member of many adoption and child advocacy groups and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.
Some words from Erin: "I am so excited to join such a dynamic board full of movers and shakers. I also wanted to pass along that my son, Walker, has also done hippotherapy, in LA for years. He has autism and has used the same riding center as Jenny's son, Joey. There is something magical about horses and children with special needs. So glad that TRTP is supporting that effort. The Red Thread Promise has been supporting hippotherapy at McKenna Farms in GA for two years. We love learning about the progress the children are making."
(To learn more about hippotheraphy, stay tuned for updates from Glenna Fisher, founder of Jacob’s Fund. Jacob’s Fund is a division of The Red Thread Promise helping disabled children in the US.)
We'd also like to introduce you to JENNIFER AVEGNO.
JenA is a native of New Orleans who grew up as the only biological child in a large family. Her parents adopted seven hard to place infants and young children, both domestically and internationally. Her degrees in sociology and medicine and experience in Emergency Medicine make her a huge asset to TRTP.
Some words from Jen: "As a board member, I hope to serve as a medical liaison for those served through Red Thread in Haiti. I can help coordinate determination of medical needs for orphans being placed for adoption, or for those whose medical conditions may require travel to the U.S. I am also very interested in undertanding the needs and abilities of the medical and surgical center at Mountain Top Ministries, and looking for ways to provide desired assistance to best support and create self-sustainable health care to Haitian citizens."
How do you post to a blog when you just found out that a child has passed on? Honestly, I don't really feel like writing about it, but it is too important to brush aside.
Hopefully you all met Christopher in our recent mailing. For those of you who haven't, he is an adorable 2-year-old living at Rivers of Hope orphanage in Gramothe, Haiti. Gramothe is a rural town in the mountains about one hour outside of Haiti's capital, Port Au Prince.
Christopher was brought to Rivers of Hope in 2008 as a very malnourished infant in need of medical attention. He has sickle-cell anemia and is frequently hospitalized due to his condition.
Not being a doctor myself, I had to look up what sickle-cell anemia was. According to Access Excellence, it is an inherited, potentially lethal disease in which a defect in hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment in the blood, causes distortion (sickling) and loss of red blood cells, producing damage to organs throughout the body. To me, that says he is one sick little boy who needs as much support as possible. And that's where The Red Thread Promise comes in.
We have pledged our support to care for Christopher over the next two years by underwriting his medical bills while his is in Haiti waiting for his forever family. Why two years? Because that is the average waiting time to place a child with an adoptive family. It is our hope by the end of that period he will have a new family who will continue his care.
If you or someone you know is interested in adopting this precious little boy please, contact Jennifer Mesick at SDG Adoption and Child Advocacy Center: 630.969.8202 or JenM@redthreadpromise.org.
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