Monday, December 19, 2011

This is what it's all about!!!

We are THRILLED to report that Finnz Fundz has helped it's first family!!!!! Because the family has been inundated with out of pocket costs for medications for their son's care, it has been difficult for them to address other expenses. This includes the most basic expenses, such as getting the oil tank filled. Finnz Fundz is helping to keep the oil going and the heat on this winter by providing fundz for a tank of oil. This is what it's all about, people! Thanks again SO much to all our donors!

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Finn Story...

My mother told me this story today on the phone.  She said she'd hesitated to tell me about it previously, as she thought I'd be upset.  I WAS upset, but truly amazed by the story, and I think not ever hearing this story would have been MORE upsetting.  I asked her to PLEASE share such stories in the future.  And I gently reminded her that, on some level, I am ALWAYS hurt and upset at the loss of my amazing little guy.  Finn's spirit is ever present to many of us, and this story just illustrates how amazing these things can be if we are open to them.  This occured just before Thanksgiving 2011.

My mother babysits for a little girl named Grace, who is one of the cutest babies I've ever seen.  I've heard she's got a wonderful personality and disposition to match.  Grace was sitting on my mother's lap on the my mom's couch.  Grace was paying keen attention to two pictures on my mom's tv stand.  These pictures were of Finn.  Grace was babbling quite excitedy at the pictures, saying "hi."  She was blowing kisses at the pictures.  (Finn used to blow kisses ALL the time, particularly those "sexy kisses" he became known for...)  Grace then turned my mom, put a hand on each of mom's cheeks, called her "mama" and gave her a kiss and hug.  Grace has never called my mom "mama" before.  Finn called my mom "mama".  It was like she was channeling Finn.  You can't make this stuff up...just amazing.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ho Ho Ho!

Hey everyone!  Finnz Fundz is participating in the first annual SantaCon Newport THIS SATURDAY!  If you are local, please consider coming and joining in the fun.  It's a stroll through Newport to spread merriment and help charities.  We're collecting canned goods at the start of the the walk for those who are in need, and will be raising some funds for Finnz Fundz along the way.  We'll be making stops at local establishments and having a great time!

A follow up--our friend Brian DID complete his marathon run (GO BRIAN!).  Through his kind efforts and donations from his supporters, $500 was raised for Finnz Fundz.  We are SO grateful for the support!

We did outreach about Finnz Fundz to all CF Care Centers and  Ronald McDonald houses in New England.  We are still waiting for families to contact us, but are excited about being able to help them once they do!  We'll do more concentrated outreach early next year, and will try to be a presence at some of the Great Strides walks (Cystic Fibrosis Center's biggest fundraiser of the year) to spread the word about our resource.