#helpSam update

WOW. WOW. WOW. I really don’t know what else to say. You know that $1,000 goal? Hah! Smashed that in HOURS. In fact, after I posted about the fundraiser I took Kendall out to enjoy some Chick Fil A, and by the time we got home a couple hours later there was already $600+ in the account. I actually started crying when I saw that. It was the first of many times all of your generosity brought me to tears since this started. I am seriously amazed and so grateful.

So, after we smashed $1,000, I thought we’d shoot for $1,500, paying for one month of COBRA. Then we shattered that before the end of the day on Friday, and I set my sights on 2 months of COBRA. Ladies and Gentleman, I am happy to tell you that I’ve now set yet ANOTHER goal, because we have already surpassed $3,000. At this moment, there is $3,342 in the account, and we are well on our way to paying for 3 months and raising $4,500 by June 11th.


Thank you for the donations, for the tweets, for sharing on Facebook. Thank you for telling your friends, your family, your church. Thank you for reaching out to see what else you can do. Thank you for making this come together. It’s an amazing thing to witness.

And Cassie (Sam’s mom)? She wants you all to know that she thinks you’re pretty awesome, too. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow her @CassieSartin. She’s tweeting updates about Sam when she can.

Over the last few days I’ve added a ton more prizes to the list. You must check it out! I’ve got to give a big shout out and thank you to Ariana from Becoming-Mom.net (seriously beautiful blog, by the way). She just lost a friend to lung cancer a few days ago and immediately began reaching out to her contacts to help me with the fundraiser as a way to honor her friend’s memory. She came through big by introducing me to KidStuff PR, who reached out to all their clients for prize donations. The list of stuff is just amazing. Remember, for every $5 you donate, you get one chance to win.

For those who want to know how I’ll determine winners, the plan is to put every donor’s name on a spreadsheet one time for every $5 they donate. The names will be numbered, and I’ll use Random.org to draw. I’ll start with the prize with the highest value, and go down from there.

I know some of you were asking about a button, and I finally have one, thanks to Mandy from Blogs by Mandy (who also redesigned Cassie’s blog as a gift for her). It’s over there <<<< in the left sidebar. Just C&P the html.

Thank you again for all the support. Let’s rally together and get to $4,500! I know we can do it to #helpSam.

Unfortunately, Sam is back in the hospital today for a platelet transfusion. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.