Project Sparkle: Notes and Pictures of Supreme Awesome for Ian and His Family!
So there’s this little boy who has been undergoing chemotherapy for a few weeks now.
You can read the full story here.
You can check out the still-under-construction website here.
You can find the shiny new Facebook page here.
Ian has a sister in 5th grade (Jenna), a sister in 9th grade (Rachel), and a brother (Andrew) in his senior year of high school.
Right now, Tanya (Ian’s mom), Ian and Jenna are living in a separate apartment during Ian’s treatment, while Chris (Ian’s dad) stays in their home with the older two.
There are a whole bunch of fundraising efforts currently underway…. their financial need is GREAT. But it’s not allllll about money.
What do we have that’s even bigger than our collective bank accounts…
Hey. I know!!! Why don’t we write letters! Or draw pictures! … Choose positive words and shower the Gunnell family with encouragement and hope… through with images, art, and words. OUR HEARTS. This is a GREAT way to get your children involved in blessing and serving others.
Create something for Ian to encourage him as he fights a great big positive fight.
Create something for Jenna, who has had to go to a new school. It’s a great new school, just for siblings of children serious illnesses. But she’s had to leave her friends. Her home.
Create something for Rachel and Andrew as they are entering 9th and 12th grades with their family separated. The first year of high school for Rachel, and Andrew’s senior year. Each significant milestone years… each having to make significant adjustments and I imagine, having to grow up a little bit faster… and carry a bigger load than most of their peers.
And Chris and Tanya… mom and dad. Encourage them. My mama’s heart aches. The stress and burden I imagine they must bear… I know I really have no idea. They are making hard decisions, watching their son struggle, and working to be strong for their kids. Encourage them.
Send your letters and/or pictures of hope, encouragement and love to the Gunnell family member of your choice – or ALL… things for them to tuck away to read during a difficult, sleepless night… things to hang up on a wall… things to brighten and lift and add some sparkle…. to remind them they are loved and being prayed for…
The Gunnell Family (Ian, Chris, Tanya, Andrew, Rachel, Jenna)
C/O Jenny On The Spot
P.O. Box 427
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I’m not going to put an end date… just send, send, send!
(That’s my business mailing address, not my home… I’m kinda just running with this. If there’s a better address later, I’ll update… but for now I’ll make sure your Notes and Pictures Of Supreme Awesome get to the family.)
P.S. GO AHEAD AND SHARE! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, email… You don’t have to know the Gunnell family to let them know we are out here cheering, hoping and praying. The more the merrier. LITERALLY! PFM for Ian!!!
*sparkle sparkle shine*
Peace and Sparkles!
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