Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cards for Maddy Update!

Hello everyone!

I have an update for you! Back in a post back on July 13th, we introduced you to Maddy, her sister Melanie, and their parents Tim and Marizel! Tim is a close friend to Jason, Heidi's husband, and gave him the opportunity to work at a job that would support the beginning phases of Simon Says Stamp!

Maddy, a beautiful 13 year old girl, is currently fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been under going chemotherapy for 6 months. Melanie and Maddy just recently went through a stem cell transplant, and here is a brief excerpt explaining the day from their mom Marizel:


"Tim is coming into the room with Melanie. He is pushing her in a wheelchair, and she is still wearing her hospital gown; her face is pale, a look of exhaustion washes over her, and tears are streaming down her face. She looks at Maddy and up at her own cells being infused into her sister, and she is sobbing. She stretches her hand out, and Maddy reaches for it. The girls finally touch. One, the source of health, strength and life; the other, a symbol of inspiration, courage and hope. That moment is one I will never forget...words cannot even describe the feeling. The entire room was flooded with emotion. I watch the girls and cry uncontrollably. The look on their faces tells me that "they get it"; they truly understand what this all means. Melanie willingly and without hesitation sacrificed a part of herself to save her sister's life. Maddy, grateful beyond words for the gift she received, and grateful for an end to months of chemo and grueling procedures.".

As we all hope and pray that the transplant ends up being the cure, we also want to thank everyone for the cards they sent! The whole family enjoyed seeing all the different countries the cards came from!

Our dear friend Jana Millen is now doing her own card drive for Maddy and the family, and has AMAZING giveaways you could win if you participate! From dies, to stamps, to tools- it's definitely worth checking out! The cards need to be to Jana by September 30th, (she extended the deadline from September 14th) and she's drawing the winners soon thereafter. For more information on the drawing, check out Jana's post (and while you're there, check out her blog! She came to teach at Simon Says Stamp a few weeks ago and I was blown away at her skill!), or sign up to see Maddy's page and follow the progress here.

Thanks for all your support you've shown, and continue to show! We at Simon can only hope the best for this family!

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The winner of the "Becca Feeken's Magnificent Card" post is: kaiahobid!

Enjoy the rest of your week!
-Michelle

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50 comments:

  1. As I start the day, I have the most beautiful image of the two.

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  2. This is a beautiful post. My daughter is 14 and looks so much like these two. Such angels.

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  3. oh thank you so very much for posting this update! I have been praying for Maddy every day since you first posted about her & her battle. I had sent in cards initially, but will try to get some more out if I am able.
    this is the way a day should begin - being reminded of what really matters. thank you! :)

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  4. tremendous prayers and love <3

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  5. I'm tearing up as I read this...thank you so much for keeping us posted on this hard, brave journey.

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  6. Good thoughts and prayers to this family!

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  7. Such love and courage is heartwarming and inspiring. Thanks for sharing their story. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

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  8. My friends and I are definitely praying for the family, thanks for sharing.

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  9. What a wonderful post here today, and thanks so much for the update, it´s something we often miss on, when you try to support something, and it´s always nice to hear, how a hand has been recieved, and if the hand stretched out di matter to those who got it. So it´s so nice to see this, and I too really really hope, this will be the change for that poor girls ilness here, and I hope, you´ll continue to let us know, how they´re doing and if you´ll need us to send more cards later on.
    Best of luck and happiness to this family and to you for supporting them this much.

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  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful family. May they find strength and courage. The love and support from everybody caring surely will help in their struggle. Best wishes for healing and recovery. Thanks for sharing their story and realizing what's most important in our lives!!

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  11. Thank you for this heartfelt post! My thoughts and prayers go to Maddy and Melanie ~ They are so brave!
    Thank you for sharing their story!

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  12. I'll be sending some cards for Melanie and Maddy. Best wishes to both girls. Iris

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  13. Heartbreaking. But so glad there is hope! Sending thoughts to the family.

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  14. Hugs and healing thoughts from San Diego. That was a beautiful update. Those two young ladies are truly amazing.

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  15. THANKS for the update!! I can't even imagine the feelings of the day!! I am sending MANY HAPPY thoughts and prayers your way!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  16. Sending well wishes to the family. Thanks for the update.

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  17. Thanks for the update on Maddy and Melanie. I'm busy making some cards for the whole family. Our daughter is fighting appendix cancer so we know how it affects the whole family. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. So touching...I wish the best for those brave girls!

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  19. Good to know what's going on with Maddy, thanks!

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  20. Thank you for the update - they are so brave

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  21. Thanks for the update, I last read a post from their mom in the first day they arrived at the new hospital. Those 2 girls, sisters, just touches me. I sent cards a while back but I'm glad Jana has extended the drive as I want to send more. Seems so little though.

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  22. This really grabs my heart. I pray for Maddy's quick recovery.

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  23. Thanks for the update on Maddy and Melanie. They are both fighting this -- it's not just a single person who's affected. Having been through something similar, and having a sister, I know the bond only strengthens. The whole family continues to be in my thoughts. I don't have words to express the immense emotion this elicits.

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  24. I am glad hear the procedure is done. Now they have hard work a head of them. They are in our prayers.

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  25. Thank you so much for the Maddy update...its amazing the challenging journey this family has endured. My prayers and thoughts are with them.

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  26. What a wonderful gift to give to a sister! My younger brother had a bone marrow transplant two summers ago and thankfully my sister was a perfect match for him. Nothing better!

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  27. Keeping Maddy and her family in my prayers.
    Linda T

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  28. Thanks for the update! I'm so touched with seeing the photo of these amazing sisters and knowing all they share together! I pray that Melanie's gift will be the cure that gives Maddy back her life!

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  29. what a great reason to make cards. hope she is doing well.

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  30. Thank you for the update! I can only imagine how moving that moment must have been. Wishing them all the best!

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  31. What a beautiful thing, a sisters love! My prayers are with the family that their prayers be answered and Maddy is cured!

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  32. This is such a beautiful story of sisterly love! The tears are running down my face reading it! Hope this works!
    Hugs, Renee

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  33. Best wishes to this family.

    Katie B.

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  34. What an amazing bond for these two sister. Touches my heart and makes me cry.

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  35. We can only pray for those 2 beautiful girls and their family!

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  36. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story. My heart is touched even if my face is covered in tears. I am glad for the chance to send this family prayers and cards, and appreciate you bringing them to our attention.

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  38. Courageous girls. I'll keep them in my prayers.

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  39. I am tearing up as I read the post! My heart is touched by her thoughtful sister. My thoughts and prayers are with the families!

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  40. Wow this is very moving and emotional I shouldn't have read this at work. My prayer are definitely with those two girls and their family. TFS, Hugs & Smooches...

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  41. Thanks so much for updating us - they'll need cards even more so now.....sending off a bunch later today. And lots of prayers!

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  42. Such a tough situation - sending wishes for lots of energy for the whole family.

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  43. What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing the update.

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  44. Thank you so much for the candy! I´m lucky girl this week :D

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  45. I pray that the love shown by this family is rewarded with the beginning of good health and healing for them. Thanks for sharing their story!

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  46. Thank you for the update...I am happy to have been able to send cards twice so far to both sisters. My prayers are with them all!

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