Organized by: Friends of Ewan
Imagine you woke up one day and your life got turned upside down. Our friends Seth & Gemma brought their 5 year old son Ewan to the ER because he had a terrible fever and he was quickly transferred to Children's Hospital in Boston because his blood counts were off. After testing they found out Ewan has Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He will have to be in the hospital for several months undergoining chemotherapy, followed by a bone marrow transplant. This can happen to any one of us at any time.
Our goal is to raise money for their added expenses like gas, parking, meals etc. while they go through this. But Seth & Gemma have expressed that there are so many families here without the same level of support, and they would like to assist if possible. Therefore, every penny donated will not only help Ewan's cause, but Seth & Gemma will also see to passing along to others in need, including gas, gifts for kids, and toys for the playroom.
Paying your kindness forward will help so many kids and families in need. Thank you for supporting this great cause.
UPDATE: December 18, 2015
Dear friends and family,
We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you directly for the incredible generosity you've displayed helping to support us during
this time (and to Dan Reilly for all his help organizing). Gemma and I were just completely blown away by the donations. I wanted to provide everyone a quick update both on Ewan and on the donations you made.
First, Ewan is doing well. There have been plenty of rough spots and bumps along the way, but the bottom line is that he is progressing.
I've been posting semi-regular status updates on his Facebook group page, which you are all welcome to join if you haven't already. The link is:
Ewan is engrafted, which is great news. His ANC (neutrophil counts) have been in the thousands, which makes him more able to fight off potential infections. He's had to deal with a host of complications, nasty side-effects and other issues, but the doctors here have handled everything well and we feel that he is absolutely moving in the right direction.
We are hopeful that Ewan might be able to be discharged from the hospital soon. It has been a long 4+ months, and all of us are ready to be under the same roof again. Once discharged he will have extensive outpatient care, but it will be a big step towards normalcy.
Regarding all of your donations, we wanted to give you a sense of the impact they had:
First, your contributions absolutely helped to cover all the parking, food, and other daily expenses of hospital life. That was wonderful for us. But we also took the opportunity to pass along your
generosity to others...
We made a donation to the Child Resource Center here in the oncology unit. Ewan's time was made so much easier by all the video games, movies, toys and crafts that the child specialists provide to the kids, and we added to that.
We also gave gift cards to our favorite nurses and clinical assistants who took such good care of Ewan and who made our time here tolerable and, at times, even enjoyable :-)
And finally, through a program at work called Google Gives, I was able to dramatically increase the impact of your generosity towards furthering cancer research. I sponsored a drive during the Google Give week in honor of Ewan, asking people to donate to the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute to support pediatric oncology research. I matched a large amount of the donations, and Google matched as well, which created a 3X multiplier. But even better, other Google colleagues jumped in as sponsors to help match. By the end of the week, we had over 290 donations, generating over $95,000 in fundraising for
Dana-Farber!!! And on top of that, I found out that Arbella insurance is also matching gift donations to DFCI in December, which make our total impact closer to $200,000!
This is money that will truly save lives, and we wouldn't have been able to generate that type of impact without your generosity. It is really incredible.
Thank you all so much for the help and the love, it means so much to us.
Happy holidays and a very happy New Year!
Seth, Gemma, Callum, Ewan and Graham