Friday, June 29, 2012

I Feel the Love Project- Brandon


I Feel the Love Project
One Year Anniversary

Project #11

Today we complete our journey back to the beginning by looking at our final recipient for the first year, the month of May 2012.

BRANDON was just 4 one day, riding in the family car for a trip to McDonalds for a Happy Meal, when he was seriously injured in a car accident. Despite being in a car seat, Brandon had suffered a traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury and had been without oxygen to his brain for too long for a reasonable chance at recovery. Despite dire predictions early on, Brandon has had remarkable accomplishments in rehab. He is considered tetraplegic, which means he can move one limb from time to time; he remains trach and ventilator dependent, which little likelihood that he will ever be weaned from the ventilator, due to his neurological damage from the accident.

I recently received an update from Ms. Ellen, the administrator at Pediatric Specialty Care where Brandon receives treatment.  This is what Ms. Ellen had to say, "Brandon has had a few scary episodes where his breathing slows, but he fights to come back. Meanwhile, his Mom Linda has found a new home that is going to be modified to accommodate Brandon, and soon, the family will again be reunited after this Year Full Of Challenges. Linda asked for notes/cards to decorate Brandon's new room -- and these cards will be PERFECT and WELL-LOVED!! THANK YOU ever so much, Madison, and all of the wonderful crafters who participate in IFTL projects monthly!! ~ Love, Ellen (CardMonkey)."

Brandon, we were so happy and honored to make cards for you.  I know you also received an adorable banner from one of our crafty supporters.  I know you will love it!!  We are so happy to hear that you will be back home soon in a home with your mom.  We are all praying for you Brandon:)  You are a fighter and one special young man.

I hope you have enjoyed looking back at our first year as much as I have.  If you have someone that you would like us to send cards to, please send us an email at funkycards @ charter dot net (no spaces).  Join us on July 1 as we introduce you to our 2nd year of the IFTL Project.   

Have a wonderful day.


  1. Oh my, how adorable his brand new room will be with all of the sweet cards the IFTL team sent in! A constant reminder of how dearly he is loved. I will continue to pray for this strong family, sending as much light and love as I can. Madison, thank you for I Feel the Love!!! It means everything to me. :o) I am truly honored to participate each month. Your heart is so beautiful. :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

  2. Madison, silly me, I have been following over at Funky Cards, and didn't read on to see that you've started this wonderful special blog for your IFTL project. I'm your newest follower, and definitely your biggest supporter! The kids at Pediatric Specialty Care have been honored to be the recipient twice in your first year -- first last Halloween, with spectacular banners, and then most recently when Brandon got your fabulous cards!!

    The incredible box-full is winging its way to PSC right now. I'd take them there myself but have a bit of a health challenge myself right now (I'm in a foot cast and am restricted -- no walking!) so I'm out on disability from PSC for this month. I'm sad, we're all sad, but I need the time to heal the heel of the healer! LOL. I'm sure Brandon and his family will LOVE all the cards, banner and well-wishes. Thank you again for all you do for these special children.

    You're a remarkable young woman, and it is my real honor to know you.

    With love and respect,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  3. Madison,
    I was brought to this blog by the sweet Ellen Jarvis. I am so excited and honored to help with the banner group that she has started to help these amazing kids smile. I am overwhelmed and my heart is full after reading your blog post. I used to work for Danville Services here in Utah I was a manager for a group home for several years this home housed 5 grown men all with disabilities. I then changed jobs and became the manager of the day training program with over 50 disabled adults ranging anywhere from 18 on up.... I absolutely loved my job.... unfortunately we decided to grow our small family and I left to raise my family. I still see some of the men that I managed and they all remember me. My heart is so full when i see them knowing that I made an impact in their lives.
    I would love to be apart of your group to help children, adults whomever smile. please let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help.
    {love love}
    scrappin madge