Make Kiera Smile!

beautiful Kiera

beautiful Kiera

One of our special ‘Operation Smile’ children has had to be admitted to the hospital and is spending her Easter there.  If you have a chance, please take the time to send Kiera a special message on her Hope For Kiera Facebook page so she knows that we are all thinking about her during this time!

You can also send her a cheery card in the mail so she is greeted with smiles when she goes home:

Hope for Kiera, 4 years old (ALL) – 14 B Lloshire Path, Palm Coast, FL 32164.

Thank you in advance for your participation!  eater

Our First Featured Child of 2013 – Baylee!

Baylee

Baylee

This month’s featured child is 5-year-old, Baylee.

In 2011, Baylee was diagnosed with Isolated NK Cell Deficiency  and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  As a result of these immune system disorders, she is extremely vulnerable to life-threatening infections.

Despite these tough medical issues, Baylee continues to be a brave and vivacious little girl, who loves doing all of the things that 5-year-old little girls do.

Please pray for Baylee and her family as they work together to help Baylee battle the medical issues that come her way.  And, take the time to visit her Facebook Page to say hello and to learn more about this sweet girl and her progress.

We will be adding Baylee to our next Operation Smile list, but if you would like to get a head start and send her a cheery card now, you can send it to: Miss Baylee Wheeler, 2022 E. 619, Jamestown, KY 42629.

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

Wordless Wednesday – Rest In Peace Little Angels

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel's beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Our First Featured Child of 2012: Ryan!

Ryan!

This week’s featured child is 16-year-old, Ryan.

Ryan has been diagnosed with numerous medical conditions including Autism, Dubowitz Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, Congestive Heart Failure and Chairi Malformation1.

Despite his numerous medical issues, Ryan continues to thrive and is able to courageously battle each obstacle that comes his way.  Many of his medical conditions have proven to be life-threatening over the years, but this young man is a conqueror.

Please pray for Ryan and his family, which includes 3 sisters and 1 brother, as they help Ryan with his continued therapy and daily life.  And, take the time to visit his Facebook Page to say hello and to learn more about this sweet boy and his progress.  There is also a link on the page for donations for Ryan’s Fund, with 100% going to Ryan’s Therapy expenses and necessary equipment.

We will be adding Ryan to our next Operation Smile list, but if you would like to get a head start and send him a cheery card now, you can send it to:

Ryan

c/o Ryan’s Therapy Help
3803 Ferguson St.
Sarasota, FL  34233

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Featured Child: Bella Martinez!

Another Beautiful Bella!

This week’s feature is 14-year-old Bella Martinez, a young lady currently battling liver disease.

We learned about Bella from Bella’s mother, Tanya, who told us how special Bella is and how she is always the first one to help with her 3 younger siblings, one of whom is also battling neuroblastoma and leukocephalopathy.

Bella always puts others first, but right now Bella is the one that needs encouragement.  Next week she will be having surgery in a town 7 hours away from her home; her 3rd liver biopsy this year.

Let’s all take the time to send Bella cheerful cards and remind her of how special she is to both her family and others! Her address is 1213 SW 9th, Amarillo, TX 79101.

And, please don’t forget to pray for Bella and her family during this time!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Featured Child: Bella!

Beautiful Bella

This week’s featured child is 8-year-old, Bella Rodriguez-Torres.

In 2007, Bella was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.   She was treated and went into remission, only to relapse in 2009 when doctors found a tumor on her brain.  Luckily, with treatment, she again went into remission.

Unfortunately, this fall, doctors found another tumor on her ovary, which has since been removed, but she is still receiving treatments.  Bella has proven numerous times that she is a fighter and she’s doing it one more time.

Please pray for brave Bella and her family as they battle this newest form of cancer.  And, take the time to visit her Facebook Page and website to say hello and to learn more about this lovely little lady and her progress.

Bella will be turning 9 on December 12th and you can help her celebrate by sending her a cheery birthday card, via her aunt!

Bella Rodriguez-Torres
c/o Kim Rodriguez-Torres
8092 NW 109 Lane
Parkland, FL 33076

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Featured Child!

Brave Little Nathen!

This week’s featured child is 6-year-old, Nathen Trueblood.

In 2007, just one month shy of his 2nd birthday, little Nathen was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  Since that time, he has had numerous surgeries, tests, doses of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  Earlier this year, Nathen’s family learned that he had relapsed for the 3rd time; the cancer had now spread to his brain in the form of new tumors.

His original chemo treatment was unsuccessful, as was the emergency surgery which removed 5 lesions from his brain but left some of the cancer cells behind. As such, Nathen has been forced to relocate from his current treatment facility in New York City all the way across the country to Los Angeles to begin a new, more aggressive treatment regimen.

You can send cheery cards to brave Nathen and his family at his new address at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles (listed below) to help him feel more at home in his new surroundings.  His family has also requested puzzles to help keep his brain active.  Please send puzzles that are 48-150 pieces as the smaller ones are just too easy for this smart little boy!

Please pray for Nathen and his family as they prepare, once again, to battle in a new place, far from home.  And, take the time to visit his Facebook Page to learn more about this adorable little guy and his progress in Los Angeles.

 Nathen Trueblood
RMD House
1250 Lyman Place
Room # 63
Los Angeles, Ca
90029

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Feature: Cards for Kids

This week, we wanted to share with you a special charity called, “Cards for Kids”. This charity was started by Emersyn Harris, a sweet young lady who spends her free time making cards and gift bags for sick children.  She was inspired to do this by watching the Ellen Show and it is her dream to one day meet Ellen!

Emersyn and one of her beautiful handmade cards

You can see all of Emersyn’s cards and charitable works, including her ongoing collection of Silly Socks for the sick children at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, on her Facebook Page and her blog http://emersynscrafts.blogspot.com/.  She updates her Facebook Page each day so that anyone who follows her can know if there is a child that could use extra thoughts and prayers, as well as cards.  We have learned about several of our Operation Smile children from Emersyn!

You can help Emersyn bring a smile to a child by sending her craft supplies, silly socks, backpacks, or other little items for her charitable gifts.  She is such an inspiration, with amazing artistic talents and a heart of gold.   Much like her idol, Ellen, we should all take note of how every small act of kindness can be multiplied when others follow suit!

To learn what items Emersyn needs and where to send them, you can contact her mother at emersyn_mom@yahoo.com.  Please help us spread the word about Emersyn by liking her Facebook Page and leaving a note on the Ellen Website  stating how much Emersyn would love to meet her!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

One More Extra Feature: Prayers for Joshua

Joshua

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we have one more extra feature: Joshua Webb!  Joshua is an 11-year-old boy who is actively involved in the boy scouts and enjoys doing all the things that most 11-year-old boys enjoy.

Earlier this year, doctors found a tumor the size of an orange growing between Joshua’s ribs and lungs and diagnosed him with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.   He began chemotherapy and radiation in April and continues to fight the cancer head on.  Next week, on October 6, Joshua will be having surgery to remove the tumor and two floating ribs on the left side of his body.

Please take the time to pray for Joshua and his family as they prepare for the surgery and as they deal with the recovery process.  You can learn more about Joshua and his progress by liking his Facebook Page and by visiting his CaringBridge Page.  Joshua is also one of our Operation Smile children so you can send him a card to encourage him during this time!

Help us keep spreading the word about Joshua and all of our feature kids!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Feature: Rainbows for Rachel!

Beautiful Rachel

In February, 8 year-old Rachel Gambrill was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer known as Anaplastic Ganglioglioma.  Since that time, she has already survived 3 major brain surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.  Through it all, her doctors continue to be astounded by how she rallies back after every major treatment/surgery and how she maintains her happy and caring spirit, even taking the time to help organize a walk for the cure!

This Friday, Rachel will be going back into the hospital for yet another major surgery to remove more of the tumor on her brain.  The possible side effects of this surgery are very serious, but Rachel has proven time and again that she has no intention of giving into this cancer without a fight!  She truly is an inspiration and such an amazing young lady!

Please say a prayer for precious Rachel and her mother as they continue to battle, and take the time to share her story with others!  You can follow Rachel’s progress on her Facebook Page and you can learn more on her website, RainbowsforRachel.org.  Rachel is also one of our Operation Smile kids and she would love to receive a card from you as she recovers from the surgery!

Help us keep spreading the word about Rachel and all of our feature kids!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net or on our Facebook page**

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