All donations will go toward our mission projects! The missions we choose to tackle and fund will directly benefit individuals, families, and/or community initiatives that involve supporting people with severe neurological disabilities. Our promise is to always be transparent about how money is spent! See below to view our current mission projects, as well as those we hope to achieve in the future.
For us, photos have been one of the most cherished and meaningful gifts we’ve received. We are all about the “real” moments, and we have been lucky enough to have talented photographers capture Karter’s personality and our family on several occasions. Our dear and talented friend, Holly Grams, came to the NICU in what we thought were Karter’s “final” days. In doing so, she captured moments that my grief wouldn’t allow me to recall. I will be forever grateful to have these photos, as hard as they are to view. We don’t know what life has in store, and as far as I’m concerned I can NEVER have enough pictures! They represent us and our story. Photos allow you to relive and stay in a memory. When you have a child with a shortened life expectancy, these become even more invaluable.
Family photos can be challenging for any family, but it takes a special photographer to work with families with children who are severely affected by a brain injury. They also can be expensive, and when resources our limited, this isn’t something families like us can splurge on. Our mission is to sponsor a photo session provided by the lovely Holly Grams at least on an annual basis. We will take nominations, contact the family, and coordinate the session details with Holly.
We would be honored to have you help us gift the gift of memories!
Oliver is a 4 year old boy who LOVES his family! Especially his sister, Harper. His parents, Mike and Maryssa, describe him as a sweet and silly child. He loves anything that plays music or lights up! He also loves hearing marching bands at parades! Anyone who meets Oliver immediately falls in love with his infectious smile and full-of-joy personality. He exudes joy and happiness in every way!
Oliver was born at 37.5 weeks via emergency C-section. The day he was born Maryssa felt little movement, so naturally, she went to the hospital to ensure her baby was safe. Within 45 minutes of arriving, Oliver was born not breathing. Doctors explained that for some unknown reason, Oliver was deprived of oxygen in utero due to massive blood loss. Unfortunately, they still can't explain the exact cause.
Oliver was later diagnosed with a birth injury type known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This HIE injury has lead to other diagnoses including spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, vision issues, and the need for a G/J feeding tube.
"Oliver has definitely had to deal with more surgeries and therapies than any child should have to, but that doesn't take away his happiness! I couldn't imagine Oliver being any other way. He has changed our life for the better, and I will forever love his beautiful blue eyes and big happy smile!"
Do you know the difference between accessible and inclusive playgrounds? Often times these terms are confused. Play in our community is a HUGE part of our family, but sadly, there are no playgrounds Karter can access, let alone play. Inclusivity is more than just adding ramps and rubber surface. It's about having a space that regardless of differing abilities, EVERYONE can meaningfully participate. It means people of all ages and physical capabilities can interact and PLAY together.
We are thrilled to share I am serving on the design committee for the Lions Park Project in Hugo, MN. We are stakeholders representing our foundation, giving a voice to kids like Karter. Our hope is that we provide input make this a truly inclusive experience for ALL!
Stay tuned for updates and ways you can help!
If you want more information about the Lions Park project, check out this link here!
We are NOW ACCEPTING donations! Your generous donations will fund our mission projects! You may donate any amount- Everything helps! Donate online by clicking the box below. Or send checks to:
PO Box 184
Hugo, MN 55038