a room for Jalaybrian
He was born with microcephaly, a rare life-long neurological condition with no cure. He will never walk or talk or climb stairs, his brain is underdeveloped. He will never give hugs or say thank you's out loud, but you can't miss the light and love in his eyes.
Jalaybrian is 4 years old and lives with his Grandma and Grandpa in a little house with an attached garage and upstairs bedrooms. Every day and every night his grandparents carry their growing grandson up and down the stairs. There is no room on the first floor of their home for his bed and all of his medical equipment.
So we have an idea that will change the world for Jalaybrian and Grandma and Grandpa and we need your help to make it happen.
We are Tim and Christina Lewis. Helping people love coming home is our thing. Our little family-run business, The Redesign Company, is best known for redesigning our garage into a "teen cave" for our big boys who outgrew our notsobig home in Charlotte, NC.
A big Hollywood producer found our garage redesign online and called. Hollywood called. This was a dream come true sort of situation for us. He wanted our family to do a show redesigning garages. He wanted to make Charlotte the new Waco and Tim and me the new Chip and Joanna. We did the interviews and sent the photos and waited. And waited. And waited. This is how it goes. We have been close before. I am the queen of coming close. They never reject you out loud, they just never call you back. In the middle of the waiting, we heard Jalaybrian's story.
While Tim and I were waiting to hear if we would redesign garages for HGTV, Grandma and Grandpa were waiting to hear if funding would come through to redesign their garage for their grandson. It didn't.
Tears fell as we realized, our dream is ridiculously small. Who cares if we are on tv! Not us. Not one bit. Because every day life is getting harder and harder for Jalaybrian and Grandma and Grandpa and we can do something about it. Our new dream is to make the world more beautiful for ALL people.
Please help us redesign their garage into a bedroom for Jalaybrian.
He loves music and the color red. He is happiest when you hold him and talk to him. Black and white books are his favorite and he sees best when objects are against a dark background, like stars in the sky.
Let's make sure Grandma doesn't have to carry her grandson up and down stairs anymore. Let's paint the galaxy on his ceiling! Let's get a comfortable recliner so when Grandpa holds him they can look up and see stars. Let's level the floor and construct a real room with heat and air conditioning. Let's get him a bookshelf filled with all of the black and white books! Let's make the hard work of caring for Jalaybrian easier and happier.
Let's change the world for this beautiful family.
Grandma and Grandpa are dedicated to making their grandson's life as sweet as possible. They are people who see the beauty in everything and make do with what they have. They are selfless. They are generous. They are givers.
Just like you.
Every time we say yes to helping people before we know where the money will come from, you save the day. You stood hand in hand with the broken-hearted and whispered, "you are not alone" with every dollar you gave to help us make a home for victims of domestic violence in Charlotte a few years ago. You know we get what we give so we know you will rise up and save the day again. Every dollar matters. No donation is too small. $5 buys a black and white book that will bring happiness to a little boy in need.
We will donate all of our time, we need YOU to please donate to cover the cost of construction and furnishings. Unlike our own low- budget garage redesign, we will construct a fully finished bedroom for Jalaybrian. Every penny donated above and beyond the actual cost of the project will go directly to Jalaybrian's grandparents. THANK YOU for making this happen, you world changers, you.
Here's a breakdown of the costs:
$10,000 - construction
$800 - recliner
$350 - dresser
$300 - tv
$300 - cool light fixture
$300 - happy art
$300 - mobile and fun toys
$150 - bookshelf
$150 - floor pillows
$100 - black and white books
$100 - cozy sheepskin rug
$80 - wireless baby monitor
$30 - wireless speaker for music
$20 - sound machine
$13,280 - total
We will show before and after photos and tell the story on our blog so you see what you give and so you know how much it matters to Jalaybrian and Grandma and Grandpa.
With so much love and gratitude,
Christina and Tim Lewis
for everyone at The Redesign Company
if you missed it on the news,
check out the BIG REVEAL...
BIG LOVE and GRATITUDE to Denny and Dee Castillo, owners of Quality Air of the Carolinas. they are passionate about improving the air we breathe. construction costs were more than we had planned and Denny and Dee saved the day by donating all of their time and labor to give Jalaybrian the cleanest air possible. go to QualityAirOTC.com for all of your HVAC needs. They are HVAC angels.
you guys did it! you proved that we the people have the power to make ideas a reality. we the people have the power to make dreams come true. we the people have the power to create the world we want.
we are proud to be your people.
with so much love and gratitude,
Tim and Christina Lewis
for everyone at The Redesign Company
and we are THRILLED to tell you that the local news (fox 46 charlotte) is covering our story and filming "the big reveal"! so watch tonight and tomorrow night at 10pm to see sweet jalaybrian and hear his grandma and grandpa tell his story. we got to listen in on the interview and you might want to snuggle on the sofa under a blanket with the ones you love and have tissues ready.
have we told you lately how much we love you? when the reporter asked me how this all happened, i told her "we have the best people" because we do. you are the best. we love you madly.
tune in tonight!
christina and tim for all
installation day is happening THIS WEEK!
everything has come together so quickly. we can't wait to blog "the big reveal" and tell you all about the people who made this dream come true. here's a sneak peek at our HVAC angels making sure the room will be comfortable for jalaybrian and the navy blue walls! more soon. much to do. and may i just say, WOOHOOOOO!
tim and christina for all
construction started TODAY! thanks to YOU, dreams are coming true. what a bunch of world changers you are. we will keep you posted on the progress and can't wait to show you the big reveal! grateful for you. ridiculously grateful for you.
tim and christina
for everyone at the redesign company