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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

18 months

Georgia would have been 18 months old today. Had she not been afflicted with SMA she would have been babbling and toddling around the house... Last year on this day we celebrated her half birthday. Instead of showering us with gifts and food we asked you to find ways to pay it forward. I can't tell you how many emails I received from friends, family and perfect strangers telling me what kind of things that they were doing. One friend decided not to give up volunteering, realizing that he was still needed, others went out to help with the sand bagging because of the rising Red. Some people had garage sales and donated the proceeds. The acts of kindness went on and on, all in the name of one special little girl.

I had promised all of you that we as a family would also pay all of your kindness forward and we have been trying to that. I am very excited to tell you that we have booked a venue for Georgia's Journey of Hope this coming October. It will be on the 3rd from 12:30-4:30 at Glenwood Community Centre. As many of you know this is not an event that we can put on ourselves and will be hoping that many of you will step up once again or for the first time. If you aren't able to help out I am hoping that you will at least write the date down on your calendar and commit to buying some tickets when they become available. The call for volunteers will go out some time in August. Last year, we raised over ten thousand and we are hoping to beat that this year.

The girls and I have also agreed to join in the fundraising to help purchase Dakin a new handicapped accessible vehicle. Dakin's story is one that you can follow by clicking along the right hand side of the screen. The girls will be holding a lemonade stand outside our house with all proceeds being sent to Dakin's family. It looks like most of the other families that have signed up are doing it the weekend of April 23rd-24th. I'm not sure if that date will work for us because our weather is still a bit cool. We will keep you posted.

Love to you all,

Kristen

PS While the birds didn't all leave this winter, they are now back by the dozen. In fact, their chirping woke me up this morning. Couldn't help but smile! Happy Birthday Baby Girl! We love you!

4 comments:

  1. Happy 18 Months Georgia!
    Although we wish you were here, running around your house causing your Mommy and Daddy grief, I know you are in a special, wonderful, peaceful place. I know you feel you family's love and the love of so many of us who never even had the chance to meet you-you sure are special to be able to touch so many!
    I know you are so proud of your parents, with Georiga's Journey of Hope and all they do every single day to keep moving, to keep your spirit and life so alive in all they do-they are pretty special!
    Wishing you a wonderful 18 month birthday, lots of love and hugs and remember to wrap your parents even tighter in your love these days, they miss you so.
    Love Em

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  3. Whoops. Let's try that again. I am so honored that you guys are going to help with the van fundraising. Truly, I can't say how much it means.

    I know Georgia's Journey of Hope will go well, and I pray you will beat your goal. Love to you all on this half birthday.

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  4. Hi Kristen,
    its so strange you posted this post now that I have found you:)
    Victoria Strong refered me to your blog. My name is Kendra and my daughter Makenzie passed away from SMARD in December 09. In July this year she would have turned 1, I wanted to have a celebration for her. We are having a fundraiser and all donations go to the Gwendolyn strong foundation. Victoria said to contact you for a little advice on how to make sure this runs smoothly. I have been emailing like crazy asking for volunteers to be entertainers. Im now moving onto people donating food, services and we are having a silent auction so Im asking for donations for that to. Would you be able to give me any advice on this?
    anything would be so much appriciated!
    Your Georgia is beautiful! Happy 18 months girl.
    Love- Kendra
    my email is kendogg1987@hotmail.com and my blog is kendraandryanwebster.blogspot.com

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