Raffling my Hide for Xander
Organized by: Caiti Langer
Event Name: Christmas Challenge
EVENT DATE Jan 04, 2015
Xander Sticha, a beautiful, vibrant little boy, was the victim of NON-FAMILIAL (I want to make it perfectly clear that no member of his family was involved or even present when this happened) child abuse and was diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome after suffering a seizure while at daycare in September. He was rushed to the hospital where a CT scan revealed that he had bleeding on his brain. He continued to suffer seizures and two days later he had a series of seizures that led to him going into cardiac arrest. The lack of oxygen cause brain damage, the extent of which is still unknown because the blood on his brain and the ongoing brain swelling make scans difficult. He has since spent a lot of time in the hospital and while he's at home now, he requires lots of physical therapy and frequent visits to the doctor. Realizing that his care was now a full-time job in and of itself, his mother had to make the tough decision to leave her job of 13 years. Xander's parents, Emily and Clint, are working their butts off to bring their little boy back and they are doing an incredible job. While Xander is showing some awesome signs of progress, there is still a long, difficult road ahead of him and his family and they are incredibly deserving of our help!!
This year we're stepping things up from last year's fundraiser raffle! Something a little more permanent than the hot pink mullet mohawk! If we're able to raise $500 to help Xander's family out with medical bills, etc. I will randomly choose the name of one of the donors*. This donor will get to choose a 3 x 3" tattoo for me to get**. If we are able to raise $1000, a second name will be drawn and that donor will get to choose the location of the tattoo**. If we start to approach $1500, I will come up with some other crazy twists to add in! The wonderful Emily Snow will be donating her services to this fundraiser so that the money that would have otherwise been spent getting the tattoo can go toward this cause as incentives and/or direct donation! The fundraiser will run from 12/7/14 through 1/4/14. The names will be drawn the morning of 1/5/14!
*Each donation of any amount gets your name entered into the raffle. A donation of $25 gets two entries. $50 gets three entries. $75 gets four entries...you get the idea!
**There are some obvious stipulations. No racist, sexist, etc. tattoos will be allowed and face/head, neck, chest, and arms below my elbow - including hands - are off limits. I won't be covering up anything I already have, either!
If you would like to follow Xander's story more closely, head on over to his Caring Bridge page: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/xandersticha
If you would like to learn more about Shaken Baby Syndrome, please head over to the One Shake is all it Takes Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneShakeIsAllItTakes?ref=br_tf