Wow have we been busy! Lots of stuff going on recently!
We are still selling candles and are doing great! The candle fundraising ends Nov 25, so please get your orders in. It is a great inexpensive Holiday gift that also donates to baby Dougie at the same time! 50% of all Our Own Candle Co. profits go to Doug’s Foundation, and 40% of all Yankee candle profits do as well! Every Candle adds up and brings us a step closer to our goal!
We also started another fundraiser and are collecting any clothing you may be getting rid of. With this fundraiser we will be getting $0.15 a pound. But we’re sure it will add up super fast! We are looking for any soft house hold items, ex: clothes, pillows, stuffed animals, soft purses, blankets etc. If you would like to donate any contact us at DougsJourney2012@yahoo.com. This will be going on till around May of 2012. We want to try and collect as many as we can! Spread the word!
Doug is really getting around. He is officially crawling now. He always could crawl but would never continuously crawl to a direct spot. He now flops down on his hiney and crawls exactly where he wants to be! Today he even followed us all the way to our bed room and didn’t hit any road blocks! He has made a little ‘home’ map in his brain and fine tunes it everyday. We couldn’t believe he knew how to get to the hall way and exactly what direction to go to get to it from the highchair! From there he followed our voices and was standing himself up at the bed in less than 5 minutes! What a BIG BOY!
This weekend we got a chance to go Pumpkin Picking at Johnsons Farm. We had a blast, Doug went on his first hayride and of course threw his hat right off the side, then we helped him pick a little pumpkin just his size and took a million pictures!
He tried a cider donut and it was the first time in at least a month he didn’t spit food out immediately after put in his mouth, we’re guessing he enjoyed the sugar on it! We then had a lovely lunch and finished up our morning/afternoon day with a walk. Doug sat in his wagon of course… Sometimes I wish I had someone to pull push or hold me all day! All in all it was a perfect day. Although we went “pumpkin picking” last year with him he was only 2 months at the time so this was really his first year pumpkin picking, or participating should we say, hehe. Ohh and for those who are worried about his $20 fitted Phillies hat, we picked it up in the lost and found and it thankfully wasn’t ran over by a different tractor.
- Doug was born on September 1, 2010. At 2 months old he was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia(ONH). ONH is when you have an under developed optic nerve causing vision impairment. In Doug’s case, his optic nerves are about 75% smaller than average size. We were told there was nothing we can do to improve his vision, but we refused to believe that was it. After hearing about stem cell treatments being done in China, that include multiple injections & various therapies, we began fundraising. We were able to raise enough money and went to China end of July, 2012. Since then we have noticed multiple changes in Dougie's vision. He is responding to things double to triple the length he was prior, and also reacting to different colors that he had never responded to prior to going. We are ready to go back and have began fundraising for more treatments because we feel they will only improve his vision more. These treatments are not cheap and insurance does not cover any of it. Starting at $24,000 plus travel and expenses, we need around $40,000 total. We did it once; we know we can do it again! Please help us create this MIRACLE and help give our son the gift of sight.