We are very pleased to announce we raised over $16,000 for the Center for Platelet Research Studies at BCH at our event this past Saturday! It was a great evening and we appreciate everyone who supported us. Already looking forward to next year.
Our family has been hosting Harmony from the Heart, raising money for Platelet Research, since 2004. The illness, diagnosis, treatment and recovery of our youngest son Toby inspired our passion for this vital research.
At the tender age of 2 Toby unexpectedly fell into a coma as a result of a severe and unexplained drop in his platelet count. He remained in a coma for 4 terrifying days. The talented doctors who tended to him were able to diagnose the rare blood disorder, TTP, and prescribe a treatment of plasma infusions. We felt helpless and completely at the mercy of the doctors and their staff as his plasma treatments started. Eventually Toby's platelet count stabilized and he opened his beautiful blue eyes and mumbled ‘Mom'. We knew our prayers had been answered.
As the hospital visits and treatments continued over the next two years, we came to realize just how fortunate we were to have the answers needed for Toby's diagnosis and treatment. These answers would not have been available if it weren't for the research. We found that just 5 years prior to Toby's illness, the mortality rate for TTP was as high as 80%. It was a result of our profound gratefulness for Toby's life and health that Harmony from the Heart was born.
We are hosting this annual fundraiser to benefit The Center for Platelet Research Studies at Boston Children's Hospital because we want every kid to have the best care possible. BCH has been nationally ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals for almost two decades. They care for more than 170,000 patients every year – many with health problems no other hospital in the world can handle. Every day, the doctors and nurses at BCH combine courage, creativity and compassion to provide life-changingcare.
We hope you will consider supporting Harmony from the Heart and the kids at Boston Children's Hospital.
Mary and Kai Olsson
For more information please visit www.kaiolsson.com and click on the HFTH link. Also visit our FB page for updates.
My sponsors to date:
|Toni Lynn Pakus||$60|
|Jeffrey Nutting and Patricia Ryan Nutting||$230|
|Harmony from the Heart||$10,180|
|Keefe Insurance Agency, Inc.||$50|
|The TJX Companies, Inc.||$1,000|
|Gerald Bruscia||$25||We wish you could have joined you. Thank you for all you do! Kathy & Jerry Bruscia|
|Linda Wright||$25||1 please Mary :)|
|Esther Zabinski||$50||2 please|
|Bob Cargill||$25||Mary and Kai Olsson...you should be very proud of yourselves for hosting Harmony from the Heart, raising so much money for platelet research and helping the kids at Boston Children's Hospital! I am impressed and inspired....|
|Doreen Reis||$30||Congrats, have fun! Wish I could be there. xxoo Doreen|
|Kevin Morrissey||$100||sorry we cannot be there this year, have a great night.|
|Christine Mucciarone||$25||Wishing you a successful event as always. Glad I am home this year.|
|Schanda Olsson||$1,000||Our love and support ! Nigel and Schanda Olsson XXXXX|
|Joseph Trifone||$100||Good luck with the event Kai and Mary!|
|Stephen Damelio||$50||So sorry I can't be there. Hope this helps.|
|Jeffrey Roy||$50||Jeff & Maureen Roy look forward to seeing you.|
|Susan Tabler||$150||Wish we could be with you but know our HEARTS are with you!|
|Claire Griffin||$50||It's great to see Toby grow and flourish thanks to the Miracle Workers of Children's Hospital and the LOVE of Mary and Kai!|
|Peter Ostrow||$50||Lisa and Peter Ostrow will be attending HFTH|
|Jeff and Lori Rudd||$50||What a terrific way to increase awareness and support research!|
|Barry Blaine||$100||I am sure that your inspiration will be the spark that makes big things happen|
|Anonymous||$50||Happy to support your event!|
|Contact:||Community Fundraising Team|