Sunday, December 1, 2013

You Got Christmas'D

We believe that simple, yet deliberate, acts of kindness and love have the power to change the world!  It also has the power to change the way we experience life and see the people around us.  You Got Christmas'D is about spreading that love to others!  Imagine for a moment what the holidays might feel like if you decided to bless others with Random Acts of Christmas!

Starting tomorrow morning we're kicking off our 1st Annual You Got Christmas'D Toy Drive.  After spending years and years in and out of the hospital with Abby, we want nothing more than to bless the families that are in the hospital with their little ones this Christmas season.  Although we've been fortunate enough to not be in the hospital through the holidays, we have however seen God use people in our lives to bless us unimaginably throughout the many surgeries and lengthy hospital stays.  

I'm sure many of you can relate, and if you are a family that has been blessed one way or another while your little one was in the hospital or you feel moved to show others the love of God this Christmas we would love for you to join us in blessing the inpatients of NC Children's Hospital this Christmas.  

Our goal is to collect gifts in the form of toys, stuffed animals, puzzles, books, and movies that can be given to the kids that are in the hospital on Christmas Eve.  The Abby Marie Foundation will be providing (in addition to the toys) a special red wagon for children to enjoy riding around in and stockings stuffed with crayons, coloring books, and various craft projects for the kiddos to do while their recovering in their rooms.  

Unfortunately the hospital is unable to accept used toys, but can accept gently used books.  If you would like to look over a complete list of exactly what the hospital can accept, please follow this link:  What You Can Donate  

We will be accepting items throughout the weekend of the 20th and we'll deliver everything to NC Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve.  We will post a video of the toy drop off so that you can see exactly where the toys went to and who you Christmas'd this year.  Please keep in mind that if you aren't in the position to donate an item, a hand made Christmas card made by you and your kiddos would be just as special.  

If you would like to participate in our 1st Annual You Got Christmas'D Toy Drive, please send your items to:

The Abby Marie Foundation
1620 Maizefield Ln. 
Fuquay-Varina, NC. 27526

If you have any questions regarding the toy drive, please feel free to shoot us an email at

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The New & Fresh Approach

Hey there!  It's been quite a while since any of us have written a blog post, but we've been here behind the scenes collaborating with other non profits and businesses to bring a new and fresh approach to the foundation.  When we founded the Abby Marie Foundation our goal was to fund a cure for hydrocephalus and then work toward cures for other neurological diagnoses.  There are many great non profits that are funding research, but what we realized is that we also want to make a difference now.  Although a cure would be AMAZING, we also don't want to skip over the family that's in need financially, and families that are enjoying life and just want to help their children live their lives to the fullest.

Over the past year we've discussed many times how we can best serve others, and how our roles in Abby's life have changed as she's gotten older.  While considering both of those issues we happened to meet with Make A Wish of Eastern North Carolina and Give Kids The World of Kissimmee Florida, while preparing for and going on Abby's Make A Wish trip.  It was an amazing, once in a lifetime trip.  When we returned home I said to Matt that my heart hurt and was very heavy, but yet I was so happy.  I realized that while we were at GKTW I felt like I had before any of the surgeries, diagnoses, seizures, or sad days ever began in Abby's life.  I didn't feel stressed, I saw her doing every day kid things, and I never once felt exhausted, or as if the weight of the world was on my shoulders.
That's the entire point of GKTW's mission.  They intend for every wish child and their family members to experience complete relaxation, a worry free vacation, and to become rejuvenated and refreshed.  The only way that I can express our time there is to say that I feel like I've been to heaven, and I want to go back.  There isn't a moment in the day that I don't think about the difference we felt there, and how Abby was just a normal kid.  Everyone else was there for the same reasons, and she wasn't any different and didn't stand out for throwing a toy, yelling about nothing, not being able to walk, or having a feeding tube.  She and all of the other wish children were the norm.

It's because of Abby, our once in a lifetime trip, and Henri Landwirth's (founder) vision for GKTW that we have become involved with both Make A Wish of Eastern NC and GKTW to help better the lives of our special needs kiddos.  In addition, we're also working on providing medical assistance and will have the application to begin the process of receiving assistance up very soon.  If there's any way that we can help you and your family, please don't hesitate to email us.  Please also know that life does get busy for all of us, and although there may be times when we don't post here as often as we'd like, we're never too busy to answer your messages and provide support.

We look forward to the fresh new face of the Abby Marie Foundation and working with Make A Wish of Eastern NC and GKTW to help make dreams come true!!  Have a fabulous Easter!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our Hero for the Month of January - Carson Champine

We’d like to introduce you to Carson Champine, our January hero! Carson is 15 months old, and was born with severe brain injuries. Carson’s parents found out during a routine ultrasound that he had suffered numerous brain bleeds sometime between the 20th and 27th week of gestation. Carson wasn’t expected to breathe on his own, and spent 1 week in the NICU. Doctor’s sent him home on hospice, and told his family to enjoy the time they had with him. Can you imagine what that must have been like? We know there are many families that can relate, but many that could never imagine being told to basically take your child home to die.

God had different plans for Carson though. He has since been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, Cortical Visual Impairment, Nystagmus, Infantile Spasms, Craniosynostosis, Torticollis, Hypotonia, and Cerebral Palsy.

Carson currently receives therapy services, but through diligent research, Carson’s mom has identified an additional service that can benefit his Cerebral Palsy tremendously! This service is called Conductive Education, but is sadly not recognized in the US as a therapeutic treatment for Cerebral Palsy. Carson’s parents have decided to take him to a facility called Sara’s Garden in Ohio, where he will receive Conductive Education. The cost for Carson and his mom to attend Sara’s Garden is $5,500.00. We encourage you to head over to Carson’s website, and read his entire story. Alicia and Kevin Champine are hoping to raise enough to cover the cost of Carson’s Conductive Education. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what a difference this service will make in his life. Carson deserves to live his life to the fullest, and nothing should hold him back. Let’s reach out and do what we can, even if it’s only $5.00. Even the smallest donation can mean the world. If you can’t donate, please offer encouragement and well wishes to Carson and his family in their journey on their Facebook page. To donate please visit: Baby Steps for Carson's Paypal donation site.