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Many people don’t know it but Zoe Lush hit the ‘publish’ button on her own flash campaign in 2012. Zoe was the very first official Chive Charities recipient and I didn’t fancy myself as much of a writer, so I had her tap the mouse; figured I could use all the luck I could get.
UPDATE #1: $10,000 with a $10,000 match in an hour!
UPDATE #2: Giving velocity is coming in so fast we are at $42,000 and $67,000 with the match.
Zoe was two years old and had just broken her leg (again). Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, her bones were like eggshells. After she pressed the go button on her story, she lay still on my couch. Zoe’s fragile bones could not support the weight of her growing body. In a slow and dreadful manner, Zoe was suffocating to death.
Zoe was in need of multiple rodding surgeries costing $100,000 which would save her life.
Less than an hour later, the Chive community had raised the money. Your swift action saved a life that day.
Because you came to her aid, Zoe would change the world. Before her story became a worldwide phenomenon, many children with brittle bone were misunderstood, and people would see a child with multiple broken bones and assume they were victims of abuse. In a post-Zoe world, the snap judgements disappeared and a new understanding prevailed.
But that’s not all Zoe Lush did. One day down the road, she would pay it forward to another just like her.
It was 2014 and Vicky Martin was searching for an OI support group for her newborn, Isaiah.
Support groups for OI are as rare as the disorder. But she woke up one morning to find a message from Zoe’s mother, Chelsea. Here, our Giving Tuesday story begins.
Meet Isaiah. Most infants diagnosed with Type III die as newborns, but Isaiah persevered.
He’s had numerous surgeries – splints, shunts, 9 metal rodding surgeries… instead of showing another photo of Isaiah in the hospital post-op, I’m going with an Owen Wilson gif here instead.
This is Isaiah today, 150 fractures later and still smiling. Vicky told me, “He’s always smiling, even when he’s in pain. He literally has an unbreakable spirit.”
Isaiah has a loving support system with his father David and his baby brother, Jacob.
… and a good friend named Zoe Lush. Zoe insisted on meeting Isaiah in person and the two became fast friends. Knowing them both, I can tell you that they possess the most rare quality you can ever find in a child, that of wisdom. Surely they have endured more pain in their formidable years than most adults will in multiple lifetimes. They are fighters. But Isaiah needs help in his fight.
When the families met, Chelsea told Vicky there was a group that could help – the same group that helped Zoe – and they were called Chivers.
Growing children have growing needs. First and foremost, transportation. For these families, transportation is freedom.
The family badly needs a new ADA-accessible minivan to transport Isaiah to DuPont Children’s hospital. We all know what these vans look like, so I have replaced it with the shuttle from
Armageddon, appropriately named “The Independence.”
(By now if you haven’t yet figured out I watched
Armageddon last night, there’s not a lot I can do for ya’.)
Over the years, you’ve heard the name STRATACACHE many times on theCHIVE. This company stepped up for the underdogs more times than I can count. Today, they are taking things to a whole other level by matching every dollar you donate up to $25,000.
I’ve made an easy-to-understand graphic for everybody.
The goal is set at $50,000. That means if you donate $25 it will appear as a $50 donation. STRATACACHE is doubling your donation in real-time! Once the Chivers hit $25,000 we will hit our $50,000 goal. And I have every faith we will hit our depth for Isaiah. Donate right here!
If we hit our goal, will it keep going? Of course it will, what is a Chive goal without the ability to smash it?
2020 has shown us all how fragile life truly is. But as the title of this post reads, “These seemingly fragile people are the strong people, really.” And yes, I stole that gem from my favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams.
Zoe and Isaiah have shown us all that fragile people can not only persevere, they can thrive. Doctors said Zoe would never walk, and yet here she is.
I can’t help but wonder what Isaiah has in store for us all?
It is our compassion toward others this holiday season which will define us as the leaders we’ve always been. But I can’t help but think we could take a queue from these amazing children. That the world rests easier with them in it.
Zoe was the first Chive Charities recipient and she has paid it forward to our 412th. All we have to do is bring it home for them.
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UPDATE #1 : $10, 000 with a $12, 000 match in an hour!
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