Well, thanks to all your generous donations and support, Ryan had an AMAZING day. Not only did he get to hang with his buddy Elsa again, but his family said they were overwhelmed by the amount of support and concern from people online. They feel truly blessed that so many people would want to help their little boy. But who wouldn’t? After all, he IS the Mayor of the ward!
My day started yesterday with fixing up my Elsa dress for the visit. I also modified a little plastic crown, to wear as my new accessory. I know Elsa’s crown is gold in the movie, but I actually really like the blue of the plastic one. It matches my outfit better!
My roommate and I scoped out stores for the biggest card we could find, to fit everyone’s messages on. We managed to find one that was absolutely HUGE…I wish I’d measured it before I left! It was so big it barely fit in the gift bag!
After that, I put in a book of fairy tales that I got for Ryan, so he’d have something to read with his folks at night. Ryan suffers a lot at night when he’s trying to get to sleep…the pain seems to act up most then, and he needs hot compresses and pain meds to get through it sometimes. I thought a nice bedtime story might help take his mind off things during those moments. I used a silver pen to write “To Ryan, from Queen Elsa” inside the book cover for him.
But these were not the big present, oh no. I told my roommate yesterday I was on a mission. A mission to find a big reindeer toy, like Sven in Frozen. If you read my blog, you know I’m a big fan of stuffed friends, because they’re very comforting, especially when kids have to be away from home. So I wanted a BIG stuffed friend for Ryan!
I went from store to store, but no one had a reindeer anywhere! You’d think with Frozen out, you’d find lots of them! But I was getting more and more frustrated as the day got later and I had to get home to change into Elsa and leave for the hospital.
All right, Toys R Us of Willow Grove, you’d BETTER have a reindeer in that store somewhere!
Ugh, this is the only one? I got the store clerks to help me hunt through the store, and the ONLY reindeer we could find was one tiny Sven, just big enough to fit in your hand. No way was that good enough for Ryan…it was too small to even hug! There had to be something else. I looked and looked, but a giant pink teddy bear or an overpriced FAO Schwartz giraffe just wasn’t going to cut it.
Oh my god, what’s THAT?
THAT HEDGEHOG IS AMAZING. It’s so cute! And so BIG! It’s almost the length of a skateboard! Like the card, I wasn’t even sure it would fit in the gift bag, but I had to have it! It was just the right size for hugging and would make an excellent lounging pillow as well. Plus it’s SO FUZZY!
What a cool hedgehog! And he just barely fit in the bag, with the tip of his nose sticking out.
I gathered up all my items, wrote out everyone’s donations messages in the big card and headed over to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
When I walked into Ryan’s room, his family was there with him and Ryan was all smiles. He was so excited to see his friend Elsa again and he gave me a MASSIVE hug. We read some of the card together…I included everyone’s messages, and I added the names of everyone who donated but didn’t leave a message. He was really impressed that people from Australia and England knew who he was!
There were so many messages and names, they filled up most of the back of the card too! And it’s a BIG card.
We also checked out Ryan’s new book, looked at the pictures and I read him part of a story.
But it seems the book would have to wait until later, because that hedgehog was the sensation of the day. From the minute I gave it to him, he had it all snuggled up against him and was petting its fur and giving it hugs, right up until I left. I’m so glad I didn’t find the reindeer after all! The hedgehog was WAY better. It even made friends with Ryan’s monkey pal and fellow patient, Bongo! Ryan said he’ll let me know what he decides to name it. We’re still not sure if it’s a boy or girl hedgehog yet.
Ryan’s sister turned on “Let It Go” on her phone and we sang along to it…with me and the hedgehog doing an odd duet. ;)
After a big group hug from the whole family, I had to leave. Ryan, always the gentleman, walked me out and down to the atrium before saying goodbye, along with his sisters and parents. The family gave me a beautiful thank-you card and a gift, which I was very touched by. The card is now in a place of high esteem on my princess wall.
I just want you all to know how MUCH your support has meant to both me and Ryan’s family…both in the amazing support shown to his GoFundMe page and to this blog itself!
I know I always ask you at the end of a paid post like this one to support this blog by becoming a patron of mine through Patreon, but I don’t think you understand just how MUCH of your support from that goes directly to helping wonderful kids like Ryan. I don’t just sit around on my ruffled butt and collect checks from my blog to spend on banana bread and shoes. Yesterday’s visit cost almost 80 dollars in travel and supplies alone. That includes:
22$ for the hedgehog
8.50$ for the giant card
7.99$ for the gift bag
21.40$ for the book
4$ for parking
2.50$ in tolls
8$ for gas
Plus a full day of my time, which otherwise I would have to spend doing commissions to pay my rent, instead of having the free time for a hospital visit…anywhere from 50 to 80 dollars in work hours.
YOUR Patreon support helped pay over 120 dollars just for yesterday’s visit! And I just want to say THANK YOU for that. Even if you only donate a dollar a post, or two dollars a month, your generosity is directly funding visits and gifts for kids who really need some comfort and cheer in their lives…and their happiness really lifts the spirits of their families, who are often tired, worried, stressed out and constantly traveling between home and the hospital to try and be there for their kids every minute of the day. As much as the kids enjoy these visits, I think sometimes the parents enjoy it even MORE, because anything that makes their children happier during these stressful times is wonderful.
So thank you ALL for your continued generosity and support! I literally could not do this without any of you! <3
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