HHH Polar Plunge – 2019

We’re jumping again!  On February 16th @3:30pm, our dedicated plungers hit the icy cold waters of Gun Lake in Hastings, MI as participants in the Winter Fest. We’re not crazy enough to do this kind of thing just for fun, though! We were jumping to bring joy to pediatric patients during their hospital stays.

Contact us for ways to participate and/or donate here.

The funds raised will continue to provide items to entertain children that are undergoing long-term treatment, fuel and restaurant gift cards to ease a little of the stress their families are under and tokens of appreciation to encourage the medical staff caring for them.

A Swing Set for our friend, Jordon!

We were able to provide this swing set for our friend, Jordon! Thank you to our supporters for making this possible. Kendra, Jordon’s mom, tells his story below:

My name is Kendra and I have three children, two with special needs. Jordon (11), my oldest was born at 27 weeks and spent several months in the hospital before coming home for the first time. He has had a total of 11 surgeries and was in and out of the hospital for the first three years of his life. He struggles with mental health issues, and requires a feeding tube for 100% of his nutrition. I always wanted a few children; Jordon’s needs were many and it was around the clock caring for his disabilities, but I went for it anyway. Jordon was just under three years old when Evelyn (8) was born – healthy. I almost didn’t know what to do with a “normal” baby. I found it strange that she was so easy to care for. Then came Roman (6), he was rather colicky and required to be held most of the time. He only slept for 20 minutes at a time, day and night. Testing later found that he is severely ADHD, both with attention problems and sever hyperactivity. He also has sensory processing issues. I met my fiancé, Steve a few years ago, together it is us against the world!

Playing outdoors is what we do best. It is a great outlet for the boys to be free. We enjoy sledding and playing in the snow but most of the warm months we get away camping up north on my step dad’s property. We hike, play baseball, ride bikes, throw a ball to the dogs, and relax at the end of the day at the camp fire.

We are very blessed to be recipients of a gift from Healing with Hope and Happiness. Together we decided that a swing set would be a great addition to our home away from home. It’s nestled in the woods just feet outside of camp, easily viewed from anywhere within camp. This swing set has endless possibilities! The look out deck is equipped with a steering wheel and a telescope directly facing the lake. The swings are not only fun, but also soothing when anxiety sets in, and the rock climbing wall takes just enough strength to burn off excess energy. And a plus, the adults can enjoy this swing set with the kids too!!! The kids love it and there is no doubt in my mind that this swing set will provide hours of entertainment. Thank you HHH!

2018 4th Annual HHH Bar-b-Zoo!!!

UPDATE: We had such a great time at the 4th Annual Bar-b-ZOO and, thanks to your support, raised over $1,300!  Huge thanks to Distinctive Catering and Team Rian for their generous donation towards the meal and raffle.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Please join us for HHH’s 4th Annual Bar-b-ZOO @ Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park!  The event will be held on Sunday, September 16th from 3:30-6:30pm. Arrive anytime after 3:30pm to be a part of this special fundraising event.

Your admission ($15 for 13+, $12 for 3-12 year olds and free for 2 and under) includes admission to the park, safari rides and a delicious picnic style dinner graciously provided by Distinctive Catering!  You’ll enjoy seeing all kinds of animals while helping to raise funds that will benefit kids that are dealing with a serious health situation. It really is a FUNdraiser! 😉

Buy tickets in advance at our online store!!!  Buy online and receive 2 free raffle tickets for each admission ticket you purchase!  There is a $1/ticket processing fee when purchasing online. Show your receipt at the door (either printed or electronically on your phone) to get into the event.  Guests can reference your name at the door to get in if you’ve purchased tickets for people who will arrive separately.

Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30
Raffle: 6:15!!

Thank You Aspen Surgical!

Thank you to our friends at Aspen Surgical for partnering with HHH to provide some bucket buddies to inpatient kids at the children’s hospital! The time you took to personalize each bucket for a child that’s struggling with treatment means more than you can know! The kids are so excited to cook up some fun in their new kitchen too! Your compassion and generosity is inspiring.

HHH Polar Plunge – 2018

UPDATE:  Thanks to our jumpers and supporters – we raised over $16,500 at this year’s Plunge!  Another year and another fun event that will bring smiles to the faces of our friends!  Thank you!!!

We’re jumping again!  On February 17th, our dedicated plungers hit the icy cold waters of Gun Lake in Hastings, MI as participants in the Winter Fest. We’re not crazy enough to do this kind of thing just for fun, though! We were jumping to bring joy to pediatric patients during their hospital stays.

The funds raised will continue to provide items to entertain children that are undergoing long-term treatment, fuel and restaurant gift cards to ease a little of the stress their families are under and tokens of appreciation to encourage the medical staff caring for them.

Contact us for ways to participate.

Healing with Hope and Happiness is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the Stanley W. Ekstrom foundation toward our polar plunge fundraising goal.  We are grateful for the SWE Foundation’s support and are excited to use these funds to continue our mission in bringing hope and joy to children dealing with a serious health situation.  Please visit the SWE Foundation website for more information on the great work they continue to do in Mr. Ekstrom’s memory.

Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation

Healing with Hope and Happiness is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the Stanley W Ekstrom foundation toward our polar plunge fundraising goal.  We are grateful for the SWE Foundation’s support and are excited to use these funds to continue our mission in bringing hope and joy to children dealing with a serious health situation.  Please visit the SWE Foundation website for more information on the great work they continue to do in Mr. Ekstrom’s memory.

Meet Our Friend, Kellen!

Meet Kellen as told by his mom, Mykel:

Kellen was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years old with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. He ended up in the ICU after round 1 of chemo due to his tumor punching a hole through his diaphragm and bleeding into his chest cavity.

He underwent several rounds of radiation to hopefully stop the bleeding and needed a chest tube, breathing tube and feeding tube placed. After 6 days, he was released back to the pediatric oncology floor where he had 4 more rounds of chemo that came with all of the usual side effects… mouth sores, pain pumps, nausea, etc. Kellen’s counts did not recover well at all so we never left the hospital (one occasion took 54 days) and after the 5th round of chemo, he had his tumor removed.

When he was diagnosed, the tumor was 8 inches long, but by the time it was removed, it was under an inch. My son weighed 28 lbs and had an 8 inch tumor in his gut. After surgery, he had one more round of chemo and then we got 11 days at home. Next we went in for his bone marrow transplant… not a good time for Kellen!! Or us as parents, watching him suffer!!

He ended up with an infection and we were close to losing him. The doctor allowed his sister in to visit (I personally believe the doctor thought Kellen might not pull through) and she was the best medicine! Kellen sat up and smiled when he saw her! Finally on day 8 following his transplant, he started to recover.

In 10 months of treatment, we spent only 28 days at home. He spent every holiday and his 3rd birthday inpatient.

Kellen’s most recent scans show that he is cancer-free! His broviac (the catheter line used to deliver his chemo, blood products, medicines, etc) was removed recently and he’s ready for some fun! We are so happy to be home and to be enjoying a little freedom!

Healing with Hope and Happiness is thrilled to be able to send Kellen and his family on a swimming trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

HHH Star Wars Fundraiser

 

Buy tickets now at the Celebration! Cinema South website for this special viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

Meet and greet starts at 4:30pm, Saturday 12/16/17

Show time: 5:55pm (be sure to select this specific show time when buying tickets here)

Cost: $15 (or $16.25 online)

Includes:

For an additional donation, get a green-screen photo that will put you right in the middle of the battle for control of the Galaxy between the Dark Side and the Rebellion!  Whose side are you on?

Star Wars costumes are encouraged, but no weapons (even plastic) on the premises and only those under the age of 12 are allowed to wear masks at the theater for security reasons.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Enter in to a drawing with a donation to HHH for 4 awesome prizes!

All proceeds benefit HHH and our mission to spread hope and share joy with chronically ill children!

We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again this year!  See you there!

Last Year’s Drawing Winners:

Libby and Ella were some of the many who got dressed up and had pictures taken with the Garrison!