Elizabeth & Family's Travel Fund!

$900 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 7 months

Hello! 

My name is Jonathan Hagar. On March 17th, 2016 my wife, Monica, underwent an emergency C-section in order to deliver our daughter Elizabeth McKenzie. She was born at 26 weeks and two days gestation, about 14 weeks early. 

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Elizabeth endured 129 days in the Freeman NICU finally coming home on Sunday, July 24th, 2016. We had many ups and downs, but she steadily moved forward and is doing very well now. At her last check up she had gained what she needed to from the last, putting her on track to catch up with other baby's her gestational age. 

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One thing Elizabeth might not realize now is that she has three big sisters and one big brother. She's been able to see them during Skype calls a few times so far. We are excited for her to meet them in person one day, and hopefully for that to turn into reoccurring visits.

Because of her being premature we are saddled with some major hospital bills.  In the middle of all of this, I also changed jobs, which caused me to have to change insurance carriers. This means we will have two deductibles to take care of before it's all said and done. We don't want help with this. What we want help with is raising funds for Elizabeth to be able to visit her sisters and brother. We can't do both, and think this is a very important thing for us to be able to do for/with her. Of course, she won't be going alone. :) (We do understand that babies fly free until age two. This is a way to help us get her there.)

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At this time we can't bring any of Elizabeth's siblings to her, in Arkansas, so we have to bring her to them. We would like to set up visits for every month. These would need to include travel fees (airline tickets or gas money, vehicle upkeep, etc.), lodging, potential car rental and food and drink during the visits. These visits could cost around $950 a piece. 
The first scheduled visit for Elizabeth to go to San Diego is for the week of October 30th through November 3rd. We already have some help for this first visit from some really great friends in Nevada, but we don't have everything nailed down yet. 

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We would like to start out by asking for funds that would cover about three visits and go from there. We feel it's very important for Elizabeth to have a chance to meet and grow up knowing her siblings in a way that doesn't involve a computer screen each time. 

We thank you for all of your help so far during our 129-day NICU stay and look forward to your continued support. You don't know how much it would mean to us to be able to do this for/with Elizabeth. 

Thanks! 

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Jon and Monica !!

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Update 5
Posted by Jon Hagar
3 months ago
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Hey, All! How's it going? Well, we're almost there. The hearing is set for Friday afternoon, and everyone is scheduled to come home on January 10th. We are so very thankful for all of the help and support we've felt during this particular situation. The last month has been very difficult for many different reasons. For our first Christmas and New Years as a family we had to celebrate over Skype. The financial burden has also been difficult. A lot of the money we've spent, we would've anyways, but not all of it. For this reason, we would like to ask for additional donations. Any amount will help. Please like and share this post and page as well too. We are so close to getting our "normal" life back, please help us do so. Thank you all so much. Much Love.
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Update 4
Posted by Jon Hagar
4 months ago
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Hello, all! So, here's an update. Elizabeth and Mommy traveled out to Las Vegas last Friday, December 2nd. They both enjoyed a fun weekend with all the girls, and Elizabeth was able to meet her brother for the first time, in person. The Monday after Mommy had a long afternoon in court. They weren't able to get through all the material on Monday so the Judge continued the hearing to the next afternoon. Mommy had a long 6 hours of court between those two days, but when it was all said and done she had won physical custody of her son. (See Picture) So, now here comes the not-so-good news. The Judge ordered a transitional period of about three to four weeks. In this time Mommy will spend a few hours with Son every Tuesday and Thursday, and also spend every other weekend with him. Her son is staying in St. George, UT, and Mommy is staying in Las Vegas. They are coming home after this period, so they won't be home until after Christmas, and possibly also New Years. We weren't really expecting these expenses, especially around the holidays. I know everyone is busy and concerned with making the Holidays great for their families, but it would be great if we could have a little bit of help. A few dollars a piece from a couple hundred people could go a long way. Please share this update as well :) We have to buy plane tickets, closer to the holidays. We have to ship Son's stuff back home. We have to rent cars and pay for gas for three 250 mile round trips a week. And, we have to spend Christmas apart. Each of these things by itself isn't bad, but together there's a bit of a toll. Please help and share as you can. Thank you for all of your help, prayers, and support so far. It really means a lot to us. We are really close to having the family all together. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!
Elizabeth meeting Brother for first time
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Update 3
Posted by Jon Hagar
5 months ago
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We were able to get Elizabeth and her sisters together for the first time about a week ago. This is very exciting. We also had some very good news about the custody of the children. Monica now has joint legal custody. The next court date is set for December 5th. At this hearing, we may be able to receive additional custody of the children, which will lead to Elizabeth being able to meet her brother. We are very appreciative of the help we've received so far, but unfortunately, we need to continue to ask for help. This next hearing is very important. Please, if you can, donate. If you cannot donate then please share this page. Thanks!
The first official unsupervised visit
Yummy Chik-fil-a
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Update 2
Posted by Jon Hagar
6 months ago
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Hello, all! So, we've just booked Monica's flight for her October/November visit. I want to thank everyone who's donated so far. These donations have essentially paid for her ticket, and Elizabeth flys free with mommy, so this will be a great trip. Thank you all!!!
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$900 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 12 people in 7 months
Created September 25, 2016
RL
$25
Rebecca Lesue
4 months ago
$40
Anonymous
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
Janice Lindegard
4 months ago
$10
Molly DeVaux
4 months ago

Merry Christmas! Your family is in our prayers.

DZ
$25
David Zrubek
4 months ago

Merry Christmas Jon, to you and your lovely fMily! God bless y'all! :-)

$500
Anonymous
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
$50
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6 months ago
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TR
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Takoa Rudolph
6 months ago
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Diane Verstraete
6 months ago
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