Terri Berry, fell in love with little Posy and wanted to rescue her from the animal shelter. But before she could take her home, Posy needed some much needed tender, love, and care from the vet.
After the procedure, Terri reached out to her fundraising coach, Kelli to let her know things went smoothly.
"She is such a happy girl even though she is still healing, she appears to feel 100% better already. She has started hopping from the grass to my desk instead of struggling. She was such a happy little thing before but I could tell she was hurting. Now, all you have to do is look in her eyes and you can see the difference. I am so relieved and feel very thankful to everyone who helped. The vet called me yesterday to say that the 4 masses they removed were all benign! Hooray!!
Next, doggles and a carrier for the motorcycle. She loves to ride! Definitely MY pup!!”
No need to go shopping… Kelli already bought and shipped a new pair of doggles and a cute new getup for the happy pup!
A tackle hug is the best kind of hug…. don’t you think?
Read about Tessa’s dental story here.
"Whoever put this together is the most wonderful, thoughtful person."
I think we can all agree :)
Do one nice thing for a role model in your life today!
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GiveForward rocks some Team Paudie tees!!
Padraig Crowley is battling Neuroblastoma and is currently receiving treatments in New York. His family is raising money on GiveForward to help cover travel and accommodations during their stay.
For more on Padraig’s story and some seriously adorable photos click here!
GiveForward supports Taylor Smith by taking the Pie Smash Challenge!
Taylor has been recovering after her and two friends were hit by a car as they crossed the street. Since that day, she has had to overcome many challenges and continues to undergo physical/speech therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, music therapy and acupuncture. At just 14 years old, Taylor is learning how to chew, speak, walk, jump, read and write all over again.
Her friends and family are cheering her on with a little humor and a pie to the face. We’re pretty adamant about taking fun seriously so after seeing the plethora of videos on her Facebook Community, we jumped at the opportunity make Taylor smile.
Who do you think got the best pie smash to the face?!
Read more on Taylor’s story here.
Jacqueline Dooley is a mother, author, and entrepreneur. She recently self-published Doorways to Arkomo: The Spirit Oak’s Gift, a novel exploring a unique friendship between two 11-year-old girls. Sorel, a princess in Arkomo, strives to save the lives of her family while Grace, a young New Yorker, fights cancer and hospitalization.
A couple years ago, Jacqueline managed a GiveForward fundraiser for a friend. She’s graciously committed to “giving forward” with the profits of her first year’s sales to other families on GiveForward, The Child Life Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), and a wish-granting charity.
After conducting the above interview, Michael (a fundraising coach) mailed extra copies of the book to two kids on GiveForward who love to read:
- Justin who is a 15 year old boy battling leukemia for the fourth time in 7 years
- Monica who is an 11 year old girl battling a brain tumor
Purchase your own copy here!
Haelyn Lee has been Desirae’s “Mother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the last three years and now she is helping send her off to college at Frostburg State University.
Through scholarships, grants, and loans, they have taken care of the requirements for tuition but Desirae’s family couldn’t afford to send her to orientation. Two weeks and 29 donations later, Haelyn raised the $1,725 needed to get her there!!
Desirae’s story was so inspiring and her determination impressed all of us at GiveForward, so much so that Erica (Director of User Relations) stuffed a care package full of dorm room necessities and snacking goodies.
Included in the care package was a book full of each GiveForward staff member’s best advice about life in college.
Always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Good luck, Desirae!!
TD Canada totally gets it….. Create Unexpected Joy!!!
You know those people who light up a room upon entering, the ones with contagious smiles that remind you how beautiful life can be? That’s Jessie Guth
, and Ariana
, our Director of Business Development, is fortunate enough to call her a friend.
5 days before Jessie’s mastectomy, Ariana was invited to attend a party for Jessie to help say good bye to the old, welcome the new, and cheers together to heath, new tatas, and good friendship.
Ariana wanted to add a bit of humor and lightheartedness to the event so she enlisted her baking guru co-worker, Erica, to whip up some cupcakes. The next day a room full of GiveForward ladies and gents gathered in the conference room to make those cupcakes resemble nipples.
The cupcakes were the TALK of the party. Everyone loved them and used them for some slightly risque photo ops :)
The page raised $10K in just 24 hours and is now over 23K. Jessie’s surgery went really well! She might not even have to undergo chemotherapy treatments.
Chelsea and Ariana assembled “sack lunches” made from the leftovers after our last team meeting. They shared them with the homeless in our neighborhood of Wicker Park.
The two asked a few older men if they wanted lunch and they were very grateful. They saw another older man sleeping and left a bag for him to find when he woke up and then they saw some of the younger train travelers that usually camp out on the corner. Ariana heard one say “I think those girls are handing out free food,” so they walked up to them they and were so excited when they heard the food was breakfast burritos!
It only took 40 minutes out of their day and the good deed allowed GiveForward to avoid wasting valuable food as well as feed 12 people!
Whitney, our Marketing Manager, passed around a birthday card for the entire team to sign for Danny, a 5 year old who only wanted a box full of birthday cards for his birthday. She found his wish on Twitter, and asked all of the GiveForward Ambassadors to send him a birthday card as well.
I wonder how many he actually received!!!
GiveForward would like to recognize the remarkable resilience of this adorable 2-year-old amputee!
This month, Caiti, our Project Manager came across a fundraiser that she just had to support.
We often flood each other’s inboxes with inspiring, funny, adorable and sometimes heartbreaking stories from our fundraising pages. One particular email came to Caiti’s inbox for a fundraiser, Team Cohen, that was trying to get 23 people to donate just $5 so that they could hit their goal of $5,000. They called it ‘The $5 difference.’
After reading the story of Cohen’s premature birth and the medical after-math she decided she wanted to be a part of making that difference for the Grant family and guess what? They did it! The fundraiser raised over $5,000 and has 49 days left!