Susanne Froese and Heather Greene writing here. We’re Kathleen’s sister and friend, respectively. We’d like to lovingly hack Becoming Peculiar for a moment, if you don’t mind.
As faithful (and wonderful!) followers, you’re likely aware of the Quiring family’s situation at the moment: their infant son Felix is hospitalized in London, Ontario, where has been diagnosed with SCID. Kathleen has provided more detail in her earlier posts. They’ve found out that none of the immediate family are bone marrow matches, so a transplant is out. Enzyme treatments have been started, which is positive, but it’s only a short-term solution. Ben and Kathy are now considering multiple long-term options, which involve varying levels of risk.
In the background at home, we’ve been collecting donations, cooking to-go meals, planning a fundraiser, and generally marveling at the huge, immediate, and overwhelmingly loving response to Felix’s situation. Not coming from Kathleen’s tight-knit Mennonite community myself (this is Heather writing), I’ve been blown away by the generosity of Kathleen’s family and community, and that includes you folk. We were sure you would want to hear if there were further opportunities to help, so we’re posting the following crowd funding link, where you can contribute financially if you’re able. The website is helpfelix.com. It accepts any currency through PayPal or credit card. If you have any issues with it, let us know and we’ll see if we can help.
If you’re a local follower and are able to support the Quirings in person, our fundraiser is Saturday, January 31st in Leamington, Ontario (Leamington Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church at 1430 Deer Run Road). There will be a pasta dinner, bake sale, auction, kids activities, and live musical entertainment. Doors open at 5pm and admission is by donation. The event poster is below.
Your continued prayers and good vibes have been such, such a blessing. I’ve been texting with Kathleen sporadically, and in one conversation she mentioned that she could actually FEEL the power of everyone’s prayers working. Now that’s support, people!
I also wanted to thank you personally for being such a wonderful community for one of my closest friends. Kathleen and I live an hour apart, and now that we’re not chumming it up in university classes every week (which was years ago now…*sniff sniff*), we don’t see each other nearly as much as we’d like. Babies, renovations, marking dozens and dozens of research essays, making organic tooth powder from egg shells…you know the stuff that keeps us all busy. Knowing that she has friends like you in, to borrow her word, “the blogosphere”, is a comfort to my heart. You keep her company and add joy to her day when I (and our other friends) sometimes can’t. I love all of your comments and jokes and recipes and opinions. You guys rock. Kathleen is a pretty quiet person in “real” life, and the vibrant, lively and supportive community here on Becoming Peculiar is a testament to her writing, her heart, and to all of you. Thank you, again, for making my friend your friend too.
Susanne joins me in thanking you for being with her through this painful season.
Heather & Susanne