Helping the Magnussen Family
For those that don’t know Angel she is the creator and founder of ‘HUGGINZ BY ANGEL’, a non profit foundation that provides love and support to sick children and their families by sewing them blankets full of love that wrap them in a warm hug along with providing emotional support and friendship.
These Love and Hug filled blankets aren’t ordinary blankets. They have Hearts sewn into each corner and a pocket that you can put your stuffed toy in with an Angel sewn onto the pocket to watch over them. The Blankets are sent out to sick Kids all around the world and people can go to the Hugginz web site and sponsor a child’s blanket wish.
What many people don’t know is that Angel is supported by an amazing family, and an AMAZING Mother, one who encourages her to embrace her ‘Abilities’ and taught her that challenges are just obstacles to overcome. These skills and support have helped Angel to harness her love into an amazing fore that makes a difference in the world.
Nurse MOM has been there every step of the way driving Angel to her appointments and helping her through tough times. This is where we need all of Team Hugginz Angels to help out. The Magnussen family really needs our help.
Nurse Mom has been diagnosed with a tumor that is affecting her eyesight and putting her at risk for a stroke or going completely blind. That means both Nurse Mom and Angel will need to be in Vancouver for an extended period of time and they need our help to make sure Angel can still send her blankets to the critically ill children around the world looking for hope and support.
You can read more about the situation as written by the Magnussen family on the Hugginz Blog:
We hope to raise enough $ in the next 8 weeks to help find accommodations in Vancouver and to create an interim Hugginz Studio allowing Angel and Nurse Mom Cheryl to stay together while both are receiving treatment for their medical concerns while not letting down the many children waiting for their blankets full of love and hope.
How can you help?
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4) Make a donation – large or small.
This Go Fund me campaign has been created with consent from both the Magnussen family and the Hugginz By Angel Foundation, and is being run by "Allen Felker” with support from Team Hugginz Volunteers to ensure accountability. All funds raised will go directly towards; travel expenses, accommodation costs, and living expenses. Any remaining funds will be donated to the Hugginz by Angel Foundation when Nurse mom returns home and everyone has recovered fully.
Cheryl confirmed her date for Surgery will be April 8th and needs to get moved over to Vancouver on April 1st so they have time to set up Angels temporary Hugginz Studio and for Cheryl to attend a few preliminary Dr. Meeting before the big day. Please keep her in our daily prayers and thoughts.
Nurse Mom & Miss Angel update: I've recently started a heart medication to help battle my post surgery headaches and it's working to some degree. I actually went 30 hours between headaches and that is huge. Believe me. I'm praying the gap will get wider and wider as my brain continues to heal. I recently had field of vision tests redone to see if my vision was restored after the brain tumor was removed. Unfortunately my vision loss remains the same. This may be due to the large size of the tumor. The optic nerves may need more time to heal. It may also mean that there is still pressure on the nerves and some tumor remains. My next mri is set for late fall so we won't have any answers until then. This type of tumor will try to grow back so even one cell remaining will present a problem. I now have a team of 5 excellent medical specialists following my care so I am in the best of hands. ♡♡♡ Miss Angel had her picc line removed this week as we want her to be able to swim and enjoy her summer. She hasn't swam for 2 years due to the picc line and her jaw being wired shut as well. It simply wasn't safe for her to go into a pool. We are considering the pros and cons of having a tunneled catheter placed later this summer so Angel can have blood work and iron infusions easily done at home by myself vs having to have them done under stress at the hospital. With a tunneled catheter she would still be able to swim as its placed under the skin. There is also a much lower risk of infection. Miss Angel continues to do well energy wise. She's napping once mid day, singing and dancing and sewing her heart out. She's been having some memory lapses that have worried us a bit and we are praying it's caused by her anxiety and nothing further. We see a Dementia specialist who helps guide us in doing all we can to prevent Angel from developing early onset dementia. Angel's risks are high due to having trisomy 21 and are even higher with the added dual diagnosis of autism. Anxiety raises the odds even further. This Dr said something that really resonated loudly within my heart and soul. She stated that we need to teach others to adapt to Angel's environment and her unique needs and not expect Angel to adapt to their environment and their personal needs. And it's so true. Angel's stress level is so much lower when we adapt our environment to her needs and help her live in a world that makes her heart happy. It's truly how we should all be living. And so it is my goal to give her this exact type of world each day. - Nurse Mom #HugginzByAngel #WrappingSickKidsInAWarmHug #proudtohavedownsyndrome
#teamhugginz can I ask you to pray or send positive thoughts our way. My post surgery headaches continue several times a day. Medication buys me a few hours in between but between doses it gets very hard to deal with. I'm very hesitant to move on to the next medication in line as I need to have a clear head both day and night so I can listen for Angel and attend to her needs. I can't use sedating medication. It's now been 7 weeks post op and well past the point where the headaches should have subsided. I see 4 Vancouver specialists over the next 2 weeks and am taking Angel to see 4 of her specialists as well. It's going to be a very busy few weeks in the city. It's so important that we find the cause of my headaches and work with my medical team to create a long term solution. Thanks to your donations the rent on the Vancouver laneway house is paid until the end of June. We are praying we won't need it beyond that point as the gofundme account is now empty. Our constant medical trips will continue year round as per usual. The monthly medical expenses are high. It's just a fact of life for us given Angel's multiple medical conditions, and now my own added into the mix. Angel's dad just went back to work 2 days ago after being laid off work for 3 months. We have no idea as to how long he will work for but we suspect it won't be long before he is laid off work again. Please pray that the specialists will find the cause of my headaches, so they can create an effective cure, and that our ongoing medical expenses will be provided for. - Nurse Mom #HugginzByAngel #WrappingSickKidsInAWarmHug #proudtohavedownsyndrome #ModernDayMissionary
"It's a beautiful sunny day and we're on BCFerries headed to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation for 2 visual field tests. It's a whirl wind trip as we head home late tonight and then back to Vancouver for 4 -5 days next week for medical appointments for both Angel and myself. Some of you have been asking about my headaches. They still continue multiple times a day unfortunately. The good news is that the new medicine that the internist prescribed now buys me 4 to 6 hours between headaches and that's a huge blessing, trust me on this. ♡♡♡ We did an interview with the The Province newspaper yesterday and it was so wonderful to share the story of how amazing you are #teamhugginz. You have helped Angel to wrap over 1000 critically ill kids up in warm hugs. You have helped Angel to raise money for many children's charities. And you have helped our family through some rough medical times. Bless you and thank you for being here for us again and again and for helping Angel in her mission to wrap sick kids up in warm hugs. We will let you knw when The Province story is coming out so you can be sure to buy a paper. - Nurse Mom and the Magnussen family #HugginzByAngel #WrappingSickKidsInAWarmHug #ModernDayMissionary #proudtohavedownsyndrome www.hugginzbyangel.com "
Angel's best friend Becca came to stay with us for the weekend. The girls went out for sushi and a movie. They both gave The Jungle Book the thumbs-up!! ♡♡♡ Angel needed this bit of fun as she's been so very sad about young Sammy Donovan dying on Wednesday. I have truly never heard Angel cry as long nor as hard as she has over Sammy's passing. Sammy was even more than one of Angel's #Hugginzkids....she was also her friend. Angel carried Sammy in her heart and prayers for 2 years. She loved Sammy. It's hit Angel's heart, and mine, pretty hard. Our hearts feel very heavy laden for Sammy's family whom we love as well. Please continue to hold Sammys family in your hearts and prayers. ♡ We are lying pretty low still. My head pain has worsened for the past week. My neurosurgeon kindly phoned on Friday morning, as he was heading off on a flight, to check on me and set a plan of action. I had bloodwork done today to rule out hormone causes and we will need to rule out an infection as well as other causes. I'm going through alot of Tylenol each day trying to keep it under control without using anything stronger. We're really hoping it settles soon. ♡ We've been resting alot, watching alot of good movies on Netflix and Angel's been hard at work sewing #Hugginz blankets with Kyrsten and Becca. ♡ Thank you for loving us and for helping us to all be together right now. We could never have gotten through this without your help. ♡ Much love - Nurse Mom #HugginzByAngel #WrappingSickKidsInAWarmHug #ModernDayMissionary #proudtohavedownsyndrome www.hugginzbyangel.com
My great great granddaughter Piper received a blanket from Angel. Piper was hospitalized a long time after birth and continues to struggle with medical issues. Her "angel" blanket has been such a blessing - colourful, snuggly and full of love in every stitch. It's like being covered in prayer! Please do what you can to "pay forward" all that Angel and her Mama do to help others.
My family ♡ the Magnussens have been my 2nd family for as long as i can remember. I was welcomed into their home with open arms and quixkly became a sibling to the kids & another daughter to cheryl & arnie. They have taught me so much in the years i spent with them...love, acceptance, equality and many more thing. These 2 women are the definition of love, kindness & more. They deserve this help. They dish out amazing amount of "good karma" -- its time they received a BIG dose back. I love you my 2nd family xox
I've had the honor of visiting angel and nurse mom in the hugginz studio and helping bring one of her hug filled blankets to a vigil angel couldn't attend to fill with love before being sent to its recipient. i have never felt so much love in a blanket before. Angel is an inspiration and so is nurse mom. sending warmth and prayers.
My grand-daughter Lilee-Jean was one of the first little ones to receive a Hugginz blanket - such a beautiful gift of love and joy....Lilee loved blankets so this was a perfect gift for her. From then on Angel & Cheryl prayed continually for our Lilee, and after she became an angel, they continued their prayers for all of our family. I have had the privilege of visiting Angel and her family in Vancouver and Port Alberni, and have been given the honour of delivering a couple of love filled blankets for Angel. I continue to watch Angel and her Mum Cheryl in amazement at all they do: please support them financially and with prayer as Cheryl faces this major challenge.
Angel made the most beautiful blanket for our daughter Natasha last summer, after her Heart Transplant Surgery at BC Children's Hospital. She and her mom delivered it in person to the ICU, though we were sorry that we missed them. Cheryl was a great support to me during my daughter's most difficult days, from one mom of a sick child to another. They are tremendously hard working and extremely generous to so many. I hope that I can find more ways to lend my support back to them. They are so deserving of as much love and support as possible.
May daughter Rebecca received a blanket a year ago from Angel. She finds great comfort in the blanket and she will not go very far without it. She even had it go with her into the OR room when she underwent her last surgery in July, and has plans for it to go back into the OR for her future surgeries! Get better soon Nurse Mom and Angel!
I was blessed to meet Cheryl & her mother when I touched base with them about the idea of trying to revive #varietyclub holiday parties in our local community for children a few years back - while we haven't' made that happen yet ... My own Angels decided that I should have the blessing of becoming Angels very own Sister in Law when the decided to site her brother down next to me at a a friends birthday party. This family gives in every area of their life and I am happy to know that so many amazing people are sharing their love to help them in their time of need.
We wish you all the best & success with your surgery & appointments ladies! Hugs!
My girl received a blanket from Angel just before our last trip to Childrens. It was a huge comfort to Leona and her Nurse Mom. Getting these blankets to wrap our little ones in love means more then words can express. This family tirelessly helps other please help them in their time of need.