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Hi From Me!

Hi, I’m Maggie.

I’m 7 years old and I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy from a brain injury at my birth. Learn more about ME here. Because of my brain injury I’ve never been able to walk, talk, feed myself, or even sit up by myself. However, there are some special therapies that have the potential of helping me walk, talk, and do things that I’ve never been able to do before. You can learn more about these therapies HERE.

One of these therapies is called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Essentially, the theory of HBOT is that when the brain is damaged from lack of oxygen, like mine was, many of the damaged brain cells go into hibernation rather than dying. Soaking the brain in oxygen essentially wakes these cells up so that the person regains motor function that was previously lost.

How it works is I go on a “dive” in an oxygen chamber for about an hour, 1 dive a day, 5-6 days a week. My goal is to raise enough for 135 dives.

Of course, I know there are no outcome guarantees, but the possibilities of improving my quality of life are worth the effort, and have already been proven. Heck, I could even go to college some day and have a family of my own! I want to be ready for that.

My mom and dad have found a facility that will treat me here in Salt Lake City, which is where I live. It’s very expensive and isn’t covered by insurance.

So, in 2010 my mom and dad had an idea that is really fun! They created a special annual fund-raising project called, Maggie’s Month: A Family Philanthropy Project.

A Maggie’s Month Garage Sale

The idea is for your family to work together through Maggie’s Month (September) to raise the money to sponsor 1 of my dives ($150).  The funnest part is coming up with ways to work together so that everyone in your family can get involved. Click here for some really fun FUNDRAISING IDEAS. Our annual goal is to get 80 dives sponsored.

NOTE: For 2013 we’re encouraging your family to focus on a simple family project rather than worrying about raising a specific amount of money. See our Maggie’s Month 2013 challenge here.

Read how Maggie’s Month has already changed my life here.

Family Philanthropy is a really terrific way for your family to work together to make a difference in the world. Click here to learn more about FAMILY PHILANTHROPY.

You can also learn how family philanthropy can Grow Your Family’s Heart here.

So, here’s what you do.

1. Share my website and Facebook page with everyone you can.

www.MaggiesMonth.com and www.facebook.com/MaggiesMonth

2. Sit down with your family and come up with lot’s of fun ideas to raise the money. Make sure you have some yummy treats while you’re brainstorming. It makes your brain work better, and I know about brains!

3. Email my mom if you’d like your Maggie’s Month event listed on the Events page of my website. her email is MaggiesMonth@gmail.com.

4. Complete your fundraising project and then send my mom a report of what your family experienced. We love pictures! She’s going to post what families are doing and their experiences on my website. You can watch the dive chamber fill up with pledges at the bottom of my website. Again, my mom’s email address is MaggiesMonth@gmail.com.

5. At the end of your fundraising event, get your family together to count all the money you’ve earned. Gather around the computer together and click the DONATE HERE page on my website. Then give some cheers and go have more yummy treats!

6. Keep updated on my progress and the incredible events of Maggie’s Month by clicking the RSS button on my website and LIKING my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MaggiesMonth.

Of course, if you’d like to just sponsor a dive or a portion of a dive yourself, you are welcome to do so at any time on the DONATE HERE page of my website.

I hope that Maggie’s Month will become one of your family’s favorite annual philanthropic projects.

Me and Ody Lew

My dog Ody Lew is really grateful for your participation, because he really wants me to be able to scratch his belly.

Thank you for helping me!

Love,

Maggie (and Ody Lew)

PS: Here’s a Maggie’s Month General Flyer  you can print and share.

PPS: If you’re the parent of a special needs child and would like to learn how to run your own successful fundraising campaign, my mom recorded a great lecture just for you! You can find it HERE.

Special thanks to the philanthropic contributions of Charlie Pabst from Charfish Design for his fabulous Maggie’s Month header, and Abe Fawson from GoodFront for his expertise in WordPress.

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