The heart see's what's invisible to the eye.
- H. Jackson Brown Jr

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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.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

HALF WAY!

We had an awesome time at our bowling event. 25 lanes were filled all for Doug’s Journey! WOOHOO!!!!! We had lots of yummy goodies (thank you bakers) and some bows hand made by Tamkins Goodies. We made about $1000 from those sales and another $400 from our 50/50 raffle. We also made another $275 from the winter classic Flyers Jersey that was graciously donated to us from Laurel Lanes. All that added with the other $1000 we made from the bowling tickets adds up to a whopping $2675! We wouldn’t have done it without the help of Laurel Lanes, our table salesWOmen, Becky and Jen, Those who donated baked goods (you all know who you are, and we thank you sooo much!) and also Tammy for her beautiful bows! And lets not forget everyone who came to show their support!

Since then we had the opportunity to attend National Karate Institute's Award ceremony where they generously donated all proceeds from their Chinese auction raising an AMAZING $1,708! We want to thank everyone there for all of the support we received with a special thanks to Master Kim and the Trabold family for going out of their way to get Doug to China, and also to the whole NKI group for all their donations as well. With all this help we will be to China in no time!

We finally got our Doug’s Journey t-shirts in! They are $15 a shirt plus $2 for shipping (if necessary). They come in sizes s-2xl. If you are interested please contact us via email or by phone.


*Front of the Shirt*

*Back of the shirt*


Doug now likes to blow kisses and it is the CUTEST thing ever! He also likes to pat his heart when we talk to him about love and tell him he will never be alone because there are many many people who hold him in their hearts, and they are in his as well. He can now stand himself up in the middle of the room with no help. It may only be for seconds, but those seconds will turn to minutes which will turn to hours and then I will be hollering at him to just SIT DOWN! Ha ha. He continues to move forward and show he will not let his vision slow him down! Recently he started saying Mama… it comes out more like bma bma but this momma right here will take what she gets! She’s only been waiting the last 16 months to hear it! All in all he is doing really well!

Doug will never forget all the help he is receiving (we won’t let him). He may be young now, but this is going to impact the rest of his life and to know how many people care and want to help is just an amazing thing! THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!


Here are some Pix from our Bowling event on January 14th! Check them out!
*Yummy food*

*Bowling fun*

*NKI*

*Not moms fav pic of herself, but its a good family pic!*

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a great holiday. Another Christmas has come and gone and a new year is just beginning. We are ready for 2012, are you?

Let’s start the New Year off right with Bowling for Doug! Join us at Laurel Lanes Bowling Alley on January 14th from 11:30-2. You will need to check in with us before you can get your shoes and the two hour bowling starts at 12. Tickets are $20 a person or $100 to take whole a lane (6 people max). You get 1 pizza pie and 3 Pitchers of soda to share at each lane. Along with bowling we will be selling T-Shirts, support bracelets, and baked goods. Also there will be a 50/50 raffle; $5 a ticket. To purchase your tickets call (856)465-2295; (856)577-5898 now. As of right now we only have 5 lanes reserved because we do have to pay up front. We are capable of getting more if they are available, but if we can tell the alley the amount we need prior to the 14th, then we are promised enough lanes. Please purchase tickets BEFORE the 14th to ensure yourself a spot. Hope to see everyone there!

If you want to donate a baked good for the bake sale please let us know what you plan on bringing. We will need them by January 13th. If you are having trouble getting them to us please feel free to call so we can work something out (856)577-5898.

Clothing drive is still going till May of this year. If you did a new years cleaning or are planning to get rid of those old clothes you never wear, send them our way for our clothing drive. Any soft house hold items are welcome; blankets, pillows, clothes, jackets, etc. We get 15 cents a pound; the more the merrier!

*We are in the process of planning a yummy Spaghetti dinner toward the end of January, more details will be provided. We are trying for the 29th. Keep an eye out for it and keep the date open.*

The holidays were a fun time here at the Dillon’s! Dougie got lots of goodies from Santa, and enjoyed staying up as late as he could on New Years Eve. He made it till 11pm then was acting so funny from lack of sleep that we put him to bed.
He is getting so much more curious in the space around him and is getting into everything around the house. He likes to find certain things in the house like the fridge to stand up and jump while holding onto the freezer handle, or he heads to the bathroom to bang on the tub. He is having a hard time expressing what he wants but what 16 month old doesn’t? He is also now trying to figure out how to stand up with out support! He recently started signing thank you at the appropriate time, with out our prompting him to. He likes to sing the Itsy Bitsy spider with mommy and does all the motions, although some are in his own little way. His little personality shines out more and more and he keeps amazing us daily! He is soo smart and we couldn’t be more proud of him!


Doug with Santa! He liked the way his soft suit felt!


This is Christmas eve. Doug got his special christmas pj's and is ready for the morning!



This was our family christmas card photo. i think it turned out pretty good for a 20 min session after dinner and before work! lol

We hope to see everyone on January 14th. Come ready to bowl and have a good time!