NFM Holiday Giving Campaign

November 28, 2012

Every year at NFM, we like to start the holiday season with a Giving Campaign.  In years past, we have chosen local non-profit organizations, local groups who do special child-oriented charity work, or even a member of our own very extended NFM family to honor and support.  This year, we have decided to aim our donations at 5 kids in 2 of our families!  The Hurst family, in particular, their 3 young boys, James, Dakota, and Reilly; and the Scobee family, including Olivia and Abbey.  Here are their stories:

The Hurst Family

On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, at the age of 37, Angela Hurst was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer while sixteen weeks pregnant with her fourth baby boy. While Thomas, Angela, and their three sons, now face a long fight ahead of them, the story of who they are and how they have coped with this devastating news can be found on their website, www.teamhurst.org.  This website was setup by a team of people, with the permission of the Hurst’s, to coordinate support and communicate updates for the Hurst family as they fight the hardest fight they have ever faced. The people who serve on this team are people who deeply love the Hurst’s, who are deeply trusted by the Hurst’s, and who are deeply committed to being with the Hurst’s to endure, persevere, and encourage them through the next season.

In order to support this loving family, we would like to ask for donations for their boys for this Holiday season. As you can imagine, funds are tight with extraordinarily high medical bills, and we’d like to be able to give the boys the best Christmas they can imagine, full of all the toys and love we can gather for them.  Here are some ideas for each of them:

James – age 7 – mom says he’s pretty easy to please.  He loves Legos, sports stuff, Star Wars, and Nerf Guns. For clothes, he is a size 8 and he could use jammies, socks and underwear.

Dakota – age 5 – mom says he is also very easy to please and likes the same sorts of things that his big brother likes; Legos, sports stuff, Star Wars, and Nerf Guns. For clothes, he is a size 6 and he could also use some jammies, socks and underwear.

Reilly – age 19 months – doesn’t need toys but grows out of his clothes awfully fast, and he wears size 2T.

The Scobee Family

It was only about 6 weeks ago that Olivia and her dad came into the office with what appeared to be a routine cold, though Olivia had a very swollen lymph node in her node.  She just didn’t look well.  What followed was some very concerning lab work, followed by an emergency visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and from there, Olivia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) within just a couple of days.  Since then, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Olivia, age 8 and her family.  She is finally home now and we are hoping to help her have an even merrier Christmas this year.  I also want to be sure to not forget her sister, Abbey, age 13, who has had to take a back seat to her sister’s needs for some time now.  Here are some ideas for the two of them:

Olivia – age 8 – tickets to the Seattle Children’s Theater, iTunes gift card, Starbucks gift card, Borders or Barnes and Noble gift card.

Abbey – age 13 – tickets to the Seattle Children’s Theater, iTunes gift card, Starbucks gift card, Borders or Barnes and Noble gift card.

Obviously these girls like to read and listen to music, like most tweens and teens!

We will be collecting donations here at NFM through December 24th.  If you are able to bring your gift all wrapped up with the child’s name on it, it would save Santa a bit of work on Christmas Eve.  If gifts are not your thing, please feel free to bring monetary donations for the families  to the clinic, or you can donate directly to the Hursts at their website, www.teamhurst.org.

If you need a map to our clinic for your donations, please visit http://www.naturopathicfamilymedicine.com/patients.htm.

Thank you for supporting our extended NFM family, the Hursts and the Scobees.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

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