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HELP Hazel!

$4,770 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 74 people in 12 months
Created November 6, 2017

This is Hazel Loretta Mauney. Since before this girl was born she has been a fighter, doing things her own way and finding her way in the world (my kind of girl).

Life has presented Hazel with some challenges. Aside from being born tongue-tied, which made it difficult for her to eat (and very painful for her mom to feed her), Hazel's parents were told that their daughter may have Craniosynostosis.

Craniosynostosis is a condition that occurs when the sutures of the skull fuse prematurely in utero. The premature fusing causes the skull and facial bones to change from normal and symmetrical to a misshapen appearance in order to accommodate babie's growing brain. If left untreated, Craniosynostosis also can cause problems with normal brain development and seziure disorders.

Hazel was referred to Lurie Children's Hospital when she was just two weeks old, and received the official diagnosis at 5 weeks that she would need to have corrective surgery.

The procedure to correct Hazel’s Craniosynostosis is scheduled for later this month and, if all goes as planned, her pain is easily managed, and she is eating normally, Hazel will be discharged Thanksgiving Day.

Once home, keeping Hazel comfortable post-surgery will be the primary focus for her parents. The recovery process includes a two week long process of monitoring her pain, and keeping steady, gentle pressure on the back of her head to help re-shape her skull.

Hazel will have to sleep in her car seat, which - like most babies - she HATES.

As scary as all this is not having this procedure is even worse. As Hazel's father put it:

“Hazel will, most assuredly, hurt from time to time. That cannot be avoided. What this procedure can do is ensure that she isn't limited in form or function by her own body. That is the danger we face. That is why this procedure to undo her craniosynostosis is not a choice.
Watching our bright, happy and strong daughter fade into herself would be the most painful sin I can imagine.”
- Chauncey Alexander Davis-Mauney
(Hazel’s Father)

When I first heard about all the challenges Hazel was facing, my first thought was Alex has already exhausted all of his parental leave when Hazel was first born. With the pending surgery, Alex and Sarah would both like to be there as support for little Hazel, and to support each other during this incredibly stressful time.

It is my hope that among friends we can help this family out by at least covering one month's rent of their apartment (no penalty for going over).

All other contributions will go to cover:
1. Copayments.
2. Travel Expenses.
3. Any prescriptions/medications needed.
4. Unexpected bills.
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Friends I am so overjoyed that so many of you have come to the aid of this amazing family! I LOVE that so many friends from all over the country have contributed to this cause. Friends that don't even know Sarah and Chauncy, and friends who all wanted to help...WE THANK YOU!

Sarah and Chauncey are completely floored by all donations and shares of their story.

I keep thinking of what Chauncey said regarding Hazel and this surgery "I hope what every single parent on Earth hopes - that my child is able to thrive beside Sarah and me and eventually without us, that she finds purpose and meaning in the world and is able to make it better than it was when she arrived, and that she never hurts, ever.

But Hazel Loretta Mauney will, most assuredly, hurt from time to time. That cannot be avoided. What this procedure can do is ensure that she isn't limited in form or function by her own body. That is the danger we face. That is why this procedure to undo her craniosynostosis is not a choice. Watching our bright, happy and strong daughter fade into herself would be the most painful sin I can imagine"

Thanks to all your contributions Chauncey will be able to take one full week off to help Sarah care for little Hazel post surgery. Our stretch goal would be to do two weeks and get this family to Oregon for Christmas (if all is clear for Hazel to travel).

*****LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

PS- Southern Oregon friends!!! If you have money that you would like to get to me to avoid having the fee placed on your donation, I will be making a deposit on Tuesday afternoon, so PM me or shoot me a text and we can coordinate a cash pick up.
Dreaming big dreams for this dream girl
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Thanks to the love and generosity of friends and family we have hit our goal.

If you haven’t donated, please do not hesitate to kick in your donation. Every little bit helps. If we could keep this family unit together during Hazel’s recovery it will make it easier on this whole little family.

Thanks again for your shares, and your action in helping out little Hazel.
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Raised by 74 people in 12 months
Created November 6, 2017
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