Saturday, 17 September 2011

Operation Julie's Smile



It's a big thing to accept help in a time of need, and I'm so proud of Julie for saying 'yes' when Nicole Rixon, her colleague over at the Sweet Stamp Shop, decided she'd like to raise money for our friend to have the dental surgery she so desperately needs.  Although dental bills are rising here in the UK, they are nothing like those people face in the US, and part of me wishes that Julie had grown up here and had the resources available that I've enjoyed all my life.  Julie shares her story over on her blog, Julie's Open Window     

"Many of you may have heard that I recently
had to have emergency oral surgery which resulted
in the removal of my front teeth.
As a child, I struggled with brittle teeth due to
some health concerns and my parents did all
they could to ensure that I went into adult-hood
with the best teeth possible.  Unfortunately with age,
the brittle teeth became a problem again and well,
long story short, the dentist recommended that
I bite the bullet and have them all replaced.

I made the appointment, had the consultation
and was handed a piece of paper that said to
bring $4,000 with me to have the rest of the teeth 
taken out.  I was in shock because the dentist made
reference to the idea that 'it could all be worked out' ; )

Well, here I am today, missing front teeth (and a few others)
and being frustrated because I believed that this was
a procedure that would be taken care of quickly.
The unfortunate thing, is that THAT amount was JUST for the
removal of the rest of my teeth...it does not account
for the 'permanent teeth' that would need to be put in place."

I was so thrilled for Julie when Nicole contacted me about this fundraiser.  There will be a benefit blog hop called 'Operation Julie's Smile' taking place 7th-9th October with a variety of individuals, companies and design team members participating in order to help raise these funds.  To date, about £300 worth of prizes have been made available, and with such a great collection of blogs it should be a great weekend.  Which reminds me, I'd better get off the laptop and go and get my prize made, it's got to get to the US so Nicole can co-ordinate the prizes on the blog hop.  

If you are interested
in getting involved in this creative fundraising event, 
please contact Nicole Rixon at nicolehrixon@gmail.com   
The deadline to be
a part of the hop is Wednesday, Sept 28th.  
Participants will be notified of the blog hop order 
between Oct 3rd-5th.
This blog hop is an opportunity to have fun, 
feature your blog and raise money for a friend in need.  
A donation button
will be made available to all who participate.
Operation Julie's Smile

1 comment:

Julie Ranae said...

Thank you SO much sweet friend for posting this...it has been trying times to say the least. We've even considered what it would cost to fly there and have the dental care done...just not feasible for the aftercare : (
I am so very thankful for everyone who is a part of this benefit...it's so awesome to me... xx

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