Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Georgia's Journey of Hope 2009

I thought that Georgia was going to be born on the third. 3 has always been my lucky number and I thought that it would be appropriate for my third child to be born on October 3rd. I even had contractions bad enough for several hours that we called the midwife. The contractions eventually eased up and spaced out. Georgia would not make her appearance for 3 more days.

It seems appropriate however that something big was meant to happen on the 3rd day of October. Perhaps my sixth sense was just off by a year. Today a community came together. There was no official head count but you definitely showed me that a bigger venue will be at the top of the list for next year! Many of you seemed surprised by the numbers. I can't say that I was. I realized a while back that Georgia's Journey of Hope was going to be bigger than I had originally thought.

When I first booked the hall I marched in telling myself that if I could make $1000.00 that I would be proud of myself. Surely $1000.00 could help make a difference and after all we are still reeling from the loss of Georgia. As preparations got under way the fundraiser seemed to take on an energy all unto itself. Many of you threw yourselves into it as if Georgie had been yours. All of you will never know how much it means to me to know that you continue to love our "Georgie Baby". She was always everyone's baby!

The initial counts taken home from the hall are over $7000.00. This does not include some cash donations as well as ticket and t-shirt money that Mike and I have already collected. Some people still have money to hand in. It will take a few days to get it all sorted by I am estimating we brought in approximately $8000.00!

I don't have a lot of pictures. I am expecting more and will post some of them as I receive them. For now please enjoy these.



This is Kristen. Our balloon maker extrodinare. She sat there for 4 hours doing balloon animals, flowers, hats etc

Here's Ginette painting Maya's face!



Here's my brother Kevin sitting at the Unite for the Cure Table with the amazing chocolate suckers that Tanya made. They say things like 'unite', 'hope' and 'Georgia'.

Here's Mike on the big bouncy slide. The kids loved this thing! Thank goodness that it fit. Thank you Funquest!!


I had an army of volunteers help me make today possible. Please know that I am grateful to each and everyone of you for sharing yourself with me. Thank you as well to all of our amazing sponsors and to all of you that came and had a great time.



At the end of the day as my friend Nat and I sat there alone waiting for the attendant to come and check everything out, a single pink balloon came floating down from the ceiling. It kind of danced around with the air currents as if saying, "Look at me!" I couldn't help but scoop up the one lone balloon and take it home. The signs that my daughter gives me are sometimes so obvious. I'd like to think that this time she was simply saying, "Thank you".


Love to you all,

Kristen

15 comments:

  1. Wow. OK, that is amazing. Great job!!! Wow wow wow!

    Ok, and chills about the balloon. Kristen, wow. You did such a great job!

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  2. It was amazing! I came with my three little ones and as I sat down with them to eat their popsicles I felt the energy within. I could feel the love and see the smiles, and honestly it was very uplifting. I cannot imagine how difficult your days may be, but today Georgia brought together a wide group of people who shared smiles, hugs and laughter. Kristen, the pink balloon doesn't suprise me, she was proud of her family today and I know was smiling down on all of us. You are fighting for her and so many others and you are the true "WARRIOR MOTHER AND FATHER". What a beautiful afternoon, I look forward to sharing it again with you next October and for many more October's to come.
    Be well, and have a restful night.
    Lisa :)

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  3. Kristen, your love and energy never ceases to amaze me. What a wonderful day. Thankyou to all of you that were involved in making this day so succesful for Georgia. I only wish that we could have been their with you all, i`d love to meet your wonderful support team!! I hope that if we manage to get to Winnipeg next summer we will have a chance to meet you all.

    Once again, thank-you and God bless you all.WOW!!!

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  4. Kristen, I always knew this special day would be a success, but what you did is incredible. Georgia touched so many lives, has taught us so much and you and Mike are continuing that legacy on. Georgia was a special baby girl, and she was given to you because you two are also special parents. Your family has made us all so proud, and Georgia even prouder. I am so glad she sends you signs, special moments for you and her, she is always with you. Wishing we could have been there to share in the fun, joy, laughter and to show Georgia she will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Love Em

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  5. Wow!! That's amazing!!!! Congratulations!

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  6. That's fantastic! What a great tribute to Georgia's life! It looked like such a fun event and a great time to be had by all. Bravo, Kristin!

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  7. You should be so proud of what you accomplished - outstanding!

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  8. Was thinking about you all day yesterday and the fundraiser, wishing we weren't so far away! What a great sucess for you! Congratulations!!! And I am not surprised about the pink balloon... It brought tears to my eyes... Georgia was just letting you know how very PROUD she is of her MOMMY AND DADDY and all her family and friends... It was indeed, a Happy Birthday party for her!

    Love you all,
    Auntie Mary Lynn

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  9. Hey, Kristen and Mike. That is sooo great! I am so happy that everything went well. Thank you soooo much for letting me be apart of such a wonderful event. The balloon thing brought tears to my eyes as I am sure it did to yours. You two are so amazing and I feel lucky that I have had the pleasure of getting to know you guys. Great job guys you are fabulous parents and very inspiring.....Can't wait to see what you can accomplish next year!!!!

    Candace

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  10. Awesome day on Saturday. The T-shirt is incredible. I’m sure you’ve already been told this but just feeling the raised imprint of Georgia’s toes on the shirt is powerful, unifying, and really touching. Big hugs to you Mike and Kristen and the kids as Georgia’s first birthday comes along. Thinking of you all. Looking forward to next year's event!!

    Victor

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  11. What an amazing day it was! It was wonderful to see all the people come and all of the little ones that came to celebrate Georgie's birthday! You and all of the volunteers who helped sure did a wonderful job and we look forward to next years. The girls loved the t-shirts and think of Georgia often and they too look forward to her birthday party next year. I'm so glad we were able to be a part of it. Hugs.

    Mandi Silvari

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  12. Auntie Nancy, Uncle Ed, Nicki and JoshOctober 5, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    You guys are amazing! What an awesome day. Wish we lived closer and could have attended and helped out. Thought of you all day though.....as we think of Georgia and your family often. If all goes well with Nicki's scheduling of exams at university hope to see you all at Christmas.

    Love, Auntie Nancy, Uncle Ed, Nicki and Josh

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  13. Kristen and Mike, you were in my thoughts on Saturday hoping that this event would be a great success. Congratulations on an incredible day. Wishing I could have been there to share in the fun.

    Love Carrie

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  14. Excellent job Kristen & Mike!!! All your efforts will someday be recognized by other families affected by SMA...and what a wonderful feeling it will be for you both.

    Wish we could have been there.

    Donna & Ron

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  15. Kristen and Mike,

    We had such a wonderful time on Saturday. The girls were having so much fun that they didn't want to leave and when we got home they didn't want to take their T-shirts off. Congratulations on the day being such a great success. We're looking forward to next years event!

    With love,
    Ivone & Mark

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