Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Birthday Wish From Nella Hampton

Do you remember growing up what you asked for on your birthday? Usually it was the awesome new toy, some cool shoes, or maybe the latest in technology. Well, one little 2 year old is going big, and for an amazing cause. Nella would like $200,000 for her birthday, and I just donated to try and get her to her goal.

If you are unfamiliar with Nella, and her family the Hamptons, please check out Kelle's blog. Nella was born almost two years ago with something a little extra special, an extra chromosome.

"Two years ago, we headed to the hospital like any other anxious couple, excited to meet our new daughter. Hours later, Nella arrived, surprising us with an extra chromosome. We were shocked and saddened by the challenges we knew she’d face. Many of our concerns grew out of a common hope we share with any parent—that our child will be accepted and seen for her abilities and character rather than what makes her different.

We learned so much our first year. Most importantly, we learned, as Ghandi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” We join thousands of others in proactively seeking ways we can increase knowledge and awareness about the amazing abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. We have chosen to continue to support the National Down Syndrome Society in their goal of raising awareness and creating opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to live their best life possible.

The National Down Syndrome Society has been dedicated to making a marked difference for people with Down syndrome since 1979. The mission of NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

Last year, for Nella’s first birthday, we launched Nella’s ONEder Fund with hopes we might be able to raise $15,000. In a matter of three weeks, we raised over $100,000. We will never forget those weeks—how we cried watching our online fundraising page change within minutes and recognizing just how much people care. We were inspired by others’ generosity—most of which came from people we’ve never met, and our family is eternally grateful for how people are willing to join the cause on behalf of Nella and the more than 400,000 other individuals with Down syndrome living in the United States.

We’re not done yet. We’ve been blessed with another fulfilling year, a year in which we’ve continually been thankful for our daughter’s health and milestones. She’s a funny, inquisitive, smart little girl on the brink of two, and we want to celebrate once again by raising money to show the world our kids deserve everything any kid deserves—opportunity, a bright future.

Our goal this year is to raise the roof on our current funds—2 for 2. We hope to raise $200,000 by the time Nella turns two—that is $75,000 more to add to the already generous support from over 5,500 people since October 2010 (our first fundraiser for NDSS). That doesn’t give us a whole lot of time, but we’ve been inspired and astounded by the kindness of others before. We know it can happen again. Please join us in supporting the NDSS, and make a donation to Nella’s 2for2 Fund and, by doing so, help enrich the lives of others. $5, $10—it adds up. We’ve got proof, thanks to you."

I know times are difficult economically for a lot of families, budgets are stricter, wallets thinner, and luxuries are few and far between, but what would you pay for your child to be given what she deserves-opportunity and a bright future?

Think of what $25 is to you-a manicure, a dinner out, a movie on the weekend-but what could it be for these amazing kids?

Please dig deep in your pocket, purse, couch and heart and help Nella receive $200,000 for her birthday!

God Bless


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Wow! What an heartwarming story of generousity. I would be happy to donate. As a woman with infertility, you always hope that when (if) you become a can provide your child with every opportunity possible. It sounds like that is what Kelle is trying to do. Thanks for sharing.

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That is beautiful and I am in wonder and awe of families who find such strength in the face of what some consider to be adversity. I know a friend of a friend whose son was born with with (shoot - cannot even remember right now!), anyway he passed away soon after birth and if he would have lived he would have been in a wheelchair. These two amazing ladies formed a charity in L.A. that builds playground for children of all abilities. I love stories like this...thank you for sharing.