Pillow Pets for Harborview 2019!

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Raised by 71 people in 3 months
On July 2, 2011 two of our daughters were burned in a horrible accident at our Washington home. Brooklyn, then 2, had second degree burns to her head and face. She was ambulanced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA  and stayed one night before recovering completely at home. Addison, then 4, had a very different story. Addie suffered third degree (full thickness) burns to her head, hands, face, arms and thighs. She was life flighted to Harborview ICU and was inpatient for 48 days. She had to endure skin grafts to her face, hands and arms, and has undergone many surgeries and treatments over the last several years. 

As you can imagine this time in our lives was our hardest. At one point Addie’s lungs became so sick we weren’t sure she would survive. Recovery was hard, but Addison has thrived despite her injuries, surgeries and the trauma the accident caused. 

Every year on July 2nd we return to Harborview ICU and we donate Pillow Pets for a years worth of pediatric patients. We also set up a lunch for faculty and another lunch for families of the patients in the ICU. Harborview is an absolutely amazing hospital, but it is a trauma center. The faculty care for the worst of the worst and they do it with grace and encouragement. They are some of our absolute favorite people! With Harborview being a trauma center, they are often overlooked when it comes to donations, volunteers and so on. When you walk through the halls it’s not the same experience you would have in a children’s hospital. There are no princesses, brightly painted murals or superheroes gracing the halls. Everyone in their ICU is in a sudden fight for their life. 

Our family wants to give these kids, experiencing maybe the worst time in their lives a little joy. A little color in their room, something soft and happy to greet them.

No donation is is too small. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to bless others on the anniversary of the worst day of our lives.   These next couple of months are something we look forward to every year. 

*If you would like to mail us Pillow Pets please reach out for our mailing address. It’s often fun to choose a special Pillow Pet to share. Every full size Pillow Pet received $25 will be added as a donation to the fund. Thank you. 

The Strode Abode 

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We cannot thank our donors enough! Two of my dearest friends were our first donors this year. Addie and I were sitting on her bed, just getting all this started, and before a minute passed, two of our favorite people donated! What a way to start this fundraiser! It’s always a bittersweet day, full of lots of memories. But we could not be more proud of Harborview and their service to so many hurting people. Many of the faculty came and chatted with us and looked at the goodies we brought for the patients. The nurses coffee was quickly locked away into an office. It’s the only coffee they get all year. (We might have to do something about that) it was just a great day. All of our kids were such helpers this year. They all had a job and did it so well. We couldn’t be more proud. Thank you all again. We will be going next July 2nd, and every July 2nd after. Blessings to you!
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She is thrilled to be able to donate all this and more today! Thank you donors. ❤️
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Guess what! In just two days we will be visiting Harborview with 110 Pillow Pets, 90 pairs of slippers, 80 helmets, 30 canisters of coffee, lunches for the ICU staff and families and lots and lots of love, gratefulness and thankfulness!

Thank you donors! ❤️
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Thank you all for your contributions to help us reach and exceed our goal! If I’m being honest sometimes I worry we won’t get to the goal. Sometimes I think of how much our family has overcome and it gets a bit overwhelming because there is always something more. We don’t have calm, care-free weeks in The Strode Abode. But what we do have is grit, strength, tenacity, joy, lots of love and faith.

Addie’s story took me, as her mommy, to places of my soul I’d never thought I would see. I remember my reaction, my children’s reactions, my husband’s reaction, and one by one family and friends and acquaintances and strangers. There were a handful of people who judged, but most people put forth love, acceptance, grace, time, support.

There are a few vivid memories that I’m going to share from our time at Harborview, these particular instances were with the staff and I’m going to paraphrase. I want you donors to know the type of people you are supporting.

Nurse Val greeted me at the door of the ICU that terrifying night and reassured me, she hugged me, and looked me straight in the eyes telling me they would get us through this.

Nurse Jenny, always made us feel welcome and made Addie feel special. She would wear pink in her hair, sky-dived with my dad, always spoke with encouragement. She’s also very maternal and once made me go get some sleep after a really long night. She hung dark paper on a window in this tiny little room and put a blanket and a pillow and literally made me go get sleep.

Nurse Punam has grit and a softness. She knew when to push Addie and when to advocate for her. She wears her heart on her sleeve and also worked with Addie a ton. I loved seeing her shine as a nurse.

Nurse Jill, was so sweet and patient. Once Addie vomited while on a ventilator. It was very scary, all the docs and nurses rushed in, I had to be kicked out. I just stood in the hall, shocked, they had to intubate her again because her breathing tube came out. I tried to be calm and stoic, Jill was working with a different patient that day, but came and asked if I was alright and gave me a hug and I broke down into tears.

These are just a few tiny little snippets of the amazing people of Harborview. I could write a book! These nurses go above and beyond. The painful and sober situations you see at Harborview are stories you won’t see anywhere else. Several tragedies took place around us, but those are not my stories to share.

All I know is we Strode’s want to add a little color to those halls. We want to add a few smiles, a few glimmers of hope. A feeling of support. The burn community is family. It’s a big beautiful family. It’s not a family you ever dream of joining, but once you are in you see the heartbreak, empathy, strength and encouragement from fellow survivors and all of a sudden you feel safe again.

So THANK YOU DONORS, for your generosity, your empathy, your understanding, your grace and your support. We couldn’t do this without you. You are not only helping heal our hearts, you have reached out a hand to perfect strangers, hurting people, letting them know you care.

And that kindness is what makes the world go round, it’s what shows the love of Jesus, it’s what helps some people face another day, it’s what shows humans doing what humans are designed to do and that is loving others. We appreciate you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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