Kari Anne Roy, the fabulous blogger and author of Haiku Mama, sent her friends an email today that I want to share with you. Her son Ike was born prematurely, and while he was doing well for a while, he’s had some major health problems recently. Right now has a tracheotomy. Kari has been writing about this, with an amazing sense of humor, on her blog Haiku of the Day. She’s also written about her determination to keep breastfeeding Ike through all of this.
Kari’s friends have set up an online auction to help raise money for Ike’s medical care. The bidding starts today.
And here’s the email from Kari:
I’m sending this email out to pretty much everyone I know, and people I think I know. If your name has somehow made it onto my list and you don’t know who the heck I am, sorry about that!
I’m writing to let you know that a fabulous group of mamas has set up an online auction for my baby boy, Isaac. I know you all probably know what’s going on with him, but if you want the latest scoop, you can drop by my blog at http://www.haikuoftheday.com, or you can visit the Ike-a-saurus site my wonderful friends have set up. You can also read the story in the New York Times (and see our picture!) here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/your-money/28money.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1 and see a news clip about Ike here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzqgC0Qg00&feature=channel_page
It feels a little weird sending this email out. The last thing I want to do is seem like we’re begging for money. The real reason I’m sending this is because the community of mamas surrounding Ike, and my family, is tremendous. They have worked for hours and hours setting up this auction, finding some incredible items (a Telluride vacation, a trip to Cancun, a week in Cambridge, a signed Nolan Ryan baseball, gift certificates to tons of different places and for tons of different things…) and I want to make sure they get a great audience for all their hard work. They are truly amazing. I don’t know what we would do without them.
The auction site is here: http://www.cmarket.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=84605185. Bidding starts today. There will also be a live auction counterpart here in Austin on May 2nd at Ruta Maya Coffeehouse. I believe it starts at 7pm. There are more details on the ikeasaurus.com site. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.
I am just so overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support we have recieved from everyone through all of this. Knowing that our family is surrounded by such love has really kept us from going crazy these past few months (and even before that, all the way through my pregnancy).
Thanks so much to everybody. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
PS. Ike thanks you, too…