A week before Justin's 8th birthday, he was bouncing around like his usual energetic self. A couple of days later he was on his way to the doctors with a mild fever and what was thought to be just a childhood virus. On the way there, one side of Justin's face became paralyzed with what the doctors thought was Bell's Palsy. This meant that Justin was unable to close his eye etc. The next day Justin's doctor ordered an MRI to check the virus wasn't attacking his eye and causing lasting damage. This MRI actually revealed Justin had a tennis ball sized tumor on his brain.
Justin came across so well on the news report - what a little rock star! Hopefully his appearance really helped to get the word out and we will have a full house at the benefit.
The Springville Benefit was an amazing success. The support and kindness from all that attended was overwhelming and it was so nice to see a smile on Justin's face when he got to see his friends again after so long. We have been told that the total raised from this benefit is in the region of an amazing $2,000! We will update the website when we have the final total. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this such a wonderful night.
Justin was given a feeding tube 2 weeks ago as his weight had dropped to dangerously low levels. This has been a great move as his weight is starting to return to where it was prior to treatment.
And finally, we have been running around finalizing everything for tonight's benefit dinner. We are so excited about this. A lot of work has gone into this to make it a great night - food from Grisanti's with some amazing silent auction items and raffle prizes. We hope to see you all there!! Tickets will be available at the door if you haven't gotten the chance to purchase them already. The event is at Westside Church on 150th & Dodge from 5:30-8:00pm TONIGHT.
Once again - we can not thank you all enough for the care, love, prayers and support you have all shown Justin and our family. We are truly blessed to know such wonderful people.
The Easdale Family
What we also could never have predicted is the amazing outpouring of love and support from our friends, family, colleagues and community. We have been so amazingly touched and blessed by you all and words just don't seem sufficient to express our gratitude. From the very bottom of our hearts we thank you for making a difference to Justin and the rest of our family's life.
With love and gratitude,
The Easdale Family
Don't forget, if you can come to the Benefit Dinner, tickets need to be purchased ahead of time at https://justins-journey.ticketbud.com/benefit-dinner We would really love it if you could make it.
The Dinner will be held at Westside Church on March 23 from 5:30pm - 8pm. Tickets are just $10 and need to be purchased at https://justins-journey.ticketbud.com/benefit-dinner
We sincerely hope you join us for food and fun as we continue on Justin's Journey. Everyone's love, support and prayers have been incredibly uplifting and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Reserve your seats today and we'll see you there!
Jeff, Jill, Justin and Jax Easdale