Smiles For Sunnie

$15,255 of $150k goal

Raised by 68 people in 4 months
Jaimie Swords  Red Deer, AB
Sunnie was born 5 weeks early. She had a rough entry to the world and suffered a brain injury as a result. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 13 months of age. She just learned how to crawl a year ago. She usually uses a walker, but her legs are getting too tight for her to even stand. She suffers from fatigue, leg cramps, and pain. Her ability to socialize is affected because she can't move around and keep up to other kids. Sunnie's demeanour is just as her name describes. Despite all of the therapies, procedures, and Botox treatments she is a very happy girl. Sunnie has been accepted to have a surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in St. Louis, Missouri. There is a similar procedure done in Canada which is much more invasive, the recovery time is much longer, and her outcome is not expected to be great---bound to a wheelchair with some walking in her walker. The surgeon who would be performing this, has done only 5. Dr. Park in St. Louis has done over 3,000 SDR's and he expects that Sunnie will not require a wheelchair and will walk with arm canes-----or independently!!!! Without this surgery, Sunnie's hip joints will straightened from the tension in her tendons and muscles and will eventually pull her hips out of socket. Without the surgery in St. Louis, Sunnie will require multiple orthopaedic surgeries. Sunnie's hips are already straightening because she is unable to walk very much in her walker. The need for Sunnie to have this surgery is urgent. She is booked to have her surgery in May as long as we can fundraise the money for her to have it. We need to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the surgery, equipment such as leg braces, our hotel stay (we will be in St. Louis for a month for intensive Physio after the procedure), and physiotherapy. Any remaining money that may be leftover from fundraising will go towards extra Physio and personal training when we get home. She will require Physio related activities for much of her days following her surgery. Her progress won't be immediate as her muscles will have to learn how to work properly. Sunnie's anxiety is becoming a problem because of all of the procedures. After having SDR, she will have far less procedures.
We are humbled by the amount of support we have received since Sunnie was born almost 5 years ago. She has got a lot of fight and spirit in her, and we, along with her doctors and therapists, believe she will excel after having this surgery. We know that times are tough for everyone and we thank everyone from the bottoms of our hearts for any donation made. It's a lot of money, but Sunnie deserves a chance at a life without pain, and one where she can play with her friends and grow to be independent in life. We are happy to answer any questions and I will share the link to her website so you can follow her progress along the way. Thank you for your generosity! God Bless!
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Update 2
Posted by Jaimie Swords
1 month ago
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I am absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of money everyone has donated!!! It brings me to huge tears of absolute joy and gratitude. MGM Lincoln Mercury donated over $8,000 this past week!! It was hard to not lose a bit of hope that this surgery could happen....until this generous donation came in. I have spent every night praying to God that we could find a way to raise the money. Our prayers are being answered!! Sunnie and I will be visiting MGM soon to thank them in person. I can't wait!!! I also received a huge donation from someone I went to high school with and again, I find myself overwhelmed with his generosity. With the way the economy the way it is, finding money to pay for bills is tricky. That's why it means an incredible amount that people are finding some money to donate so Sunnie has the best opportunity possible to be completely independent. Whether you donate $5, or you donate $500, each donation is GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks to everyone for your generosity. I will be posting an update on Sunnie and a link to her webpage that shows a breakdown of costs and where exactly your money will be going.
I will be forever thankful for the kindness each and everyone of you has shown.
God Bless!!
Sunnie and big cousin Harrison having ice cream at a pizza party night where I had all of the kids over!
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Update 1
Posted by Jaimie Swords
3 months ago
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A HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated money, helped us out, prayed for us, and continue to be a GREAT support. They say it takes a village to raise a child. This is SO true and I certainly couldn't do this without our amazing 'village' of people!!
Please keep sharing this page!!
God Bless you all!!!
At the pool today with her little friend Eliot. The hot water at the Michener helps to loosen up her leg muscles.....and she always naps SOOOO good after!
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$15,255 of $150k goal

Raised by 68 people in 4 months
Created December 16, 2016
$50
Marla Dixon-Stieb
13 days ago
CM
$50
Cathy Mottus-Landry
22 days ago

Wishing your little girl a successful surgery!

SP
$25
Susan Parkins
22 days ago

Thinking of you! :)

LC
$20
Lyndsey Carmichael
23 days ago
JR
$100
Janine Reed
1 month ago
2
2

Love you both!

KR
$500
Kyle & Kai-Li Reed
1 month ago
2
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We stand with you in prayer, love, and support. Love, KKAAEMC

AP
$350
Adrian Plato
1 month ago
2
2
LP
$100
Lisa Penninga
1 month ago
2
2

We support you! Big hugs from the Penninga Family :)

JK
$100
Jennifer Kilik
1 month ago
2
2

Keep on dancing Sunnie!!!

RM
$40
R McKenzie
1 month ago
1
1

All the best for your baby girl.

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