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Boosting Bridget

Organized by: Richard and Cat Ethington

Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
Richard and Cat's Photo
 

Giving Thanks
November 29, 2016

So many things to be grateful for in this picture. Cousins visiting for the week. Healthy kids able to run and climb and play. Bridget breathing See More

THE STORY:

Our beautiful daughter, Bridget, has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC), as well as other brain abnormalities. She has endured major surgeries, and was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 3 months and a pediatric care center for 4 months after that. Thankfully, she has now been reunited with our family in our home! The doctors say Bridget will have a life similar to that of a child with Cerebral Palsy, complete with developmental, cognitive, motor, and verbal deficiencies. As faithful and stubborn parents, we view this prognosis as an opportunity to do whatever we can to give Bridget an extraordinary life!

Will you help us build a beautiful life for Bridget?

We're raising money to pay for her extended hospitalization, home nursing care and supplies, and if possible, future things and wondrous experiences that will make Bridget's life beautiful: physical therapy, education, music, and Mint Oreos. :)

What You Can Do Right Now

1.    Give Bridget a Boost Right Now – We are delighted that an anonymous donor will match your gift dollar for dollar up to the first $5,000 raised!

2.    For Monthly, Perpetual, or Larger Gifts - We've arranged with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to receive and coordinate tax-deductible donations.  Please contact me (Richard) for more details at rethington@gmail.com or 702.981.1118.  For anonymous gifting, please select a delegate to contact me directly.

3.    Share This Campaign - If you can't give right now, share this link on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media outlet you use. And if you know of anyone (individuals, businesses, foundations) that might want to be involved, ask them to contact us!

4.    Join Us on the JourneyFollow Catherine on Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/catherine_ethington/  Tissues not included.

5.    Hug Someone - Bridget has reminded us to be grateful for our our loved ones, no matter how bruised or broken we may be, inside or out.  What a wonderful season to share our love with others!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Sincerely, 
Richard and Catherine

 

The backstory:

This October, Catherine and I welcomed to the family our fourth child, Bridget. We recognized from her very first moments that something was wrong. Her legs were bending the wrong way with her feet next to her head. We didn't know what we were seeing- was her back broken? Do her legs work? Will she be okay? It would be several more weeks before we learned the true extent of her challenges.

Bridget’s initial diagnoses concerned her lower extremities: severe bilateral hip dysplasia, bilateral arthrogryposis and knee hyperextension, and bilateral calcaneovalgus ankles. We were discharged from the hospital, satisfied that time, casts, braces, and harnesses would make her whole. After a serious episode of breathing distress and cyanosis (turning blue), Bridget was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

While in the PICU, Bridget was diagnosed with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC), a rare brain disorder, together with several other brain abnormalities.  She has endured multiple procedures: a tracheostomy (air), gastrostomy (nourishment), and fundoplication (reflux), effectively bypassing her upper airway for all vital functions. 

Friends and family from around the world have offered their prayers, fasting, service, gifts, chocolate, dinners, and child care. Many have asked if there is more they can do, and we have created this campaign for those who wish to invest in Bridget’s future and to assist with her medical bills, including 3 months in the PICU, 4 months in an assisted care center, two rounds of surgeries, home medical equipment, skilled nursing care, and more. We're working hard to pay for these expenses and we haven’t given up hope.  We expect our cash responsibility to exceed $25,000 for 2015 and to extend well beyond that for 2016 as we seek advanced medical care outside of Nevada.

A dear friend has said several times, “we’re not doing this for you… we’re doing this for Bridget.”  We are overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of kindness and generosity toward Bridget and our entire family. Bridget’s struggle has taught us more about love, selfless giving, and kindness than we ever thought possible. We're forever changed and forever grateful to each of you for your role in blessing Bridget’s and our lives!

We love you!

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$35,605

 

71% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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  • Dickson Family

    $50

  • Randall Family

    $100

  • Jett Boseman

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Morasco

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sid and Lisa thornton

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • A fellow mother

    $10

  • Nicole & Rustin

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Larson's

    $25

  • Cannons

    $100

  • Blayne and Tracy Ence

    $100

  • Bridget fan club

    $100

  • another bridget :)

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Clyde Family

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jill McGeehan and Family

     

  • Rob + Gretta

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Karen Bryan

    $55

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jason and Lauren Johnson

    $25

  • Ricks Family

    $100

  • The Arnell Family

    $1,500

  • Cammie & James Clark

     

  • Kim and Jared Beck

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Greg & Jacquelyn Hunt

    $100

  • Watson

     

  • Aubrey Burnett & Karenne Eng

    $50

  • Jon and Tricia McKean

    $25

  • Callie Jones

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $6,000

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Barbara and John Thornton

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt & Adrianne Brown

    $50

  • Carolers for Bridget

    $750

  • Blake and Amy Clayton

    $20

  • Gene & Janelle Cook

    $100

  • Jim and Allyson Larkins Family

     

  • Mark and Chelsea

    $100

  • Skippy and Shelly

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Caroline and Thomas Wright

     

  • Friends

    $100

  • The Walter Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rick and Elyse

    $50

  • Nathan and Michelle Wilcox

     

  • Katie & Chris Miller

    $50

  • John and Holly Morris

    $3,000

  • Brent and Stephanie Valdez

    $400

  • Hansen Family

    $30

  • Kennedy, Beck, and Brighton

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Serrata

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Matthew, Rhonda, & Tim, Emily

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Craig and Becky Johns

    $1,000

  • Ann Orton

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • The Porter Family

    $500

  • Melissa Wood & Laurel Stromberg

    $200

  • Bridget Campbell

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rick and Sue Thornton

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Scott & Mitzi Cannon

    $1,000

  • Isaac and Emily Hawkins

     

  • Jane alder Alfandre

    $30

  • James and Tiffany Evans family

     

  • Mary Kate

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Marilyn Gale Gettings

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ben and Maren Mabey

     

  • Dave & Lori Buhler

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • PATRICK STONE

    $20.16

  • Janet & Jeff Cannon

    $50

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Organized by

Richard and Cat Ethington

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $35,605 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Richard and Cat Ethington

Amount Raised

$33,400

 

67% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Barbara Thornton

Amount Raised

$2,180

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Brandi Ricks

Amount Raised

$25

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Diogo Braga

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Janet & Jeff Cannon

Janet & Jeff Cannon

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

PATRICK STONE

PATRICK STONE

DONATION: $20.16

Praying for Bridget and all those involved! Philippians 4:13!! God bless all!!! 8 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

9 months ago

Dave & Lori Buhler

Dave & Lori Buhler

DONATION: $100

9 months ago

Ben and Maren Mabey

Ben and Maren Mabey

9 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Welcome home, Bridget! 11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

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