I had given up attempting to keep up with blogging and had abandoned happy mayhem and settled for reading a few blogs here and there until recently. I spent the past two days blogging old posts, reminiscing and laughing. I've decided to return, if for no other reason than to get my memories down on print for later remembering.
Obviously, much has transpired since my last post and I'll try to keep my posts short and recap one at a time to not bore you (if anyone) out.
I'll leave off where I left off.
Devin's Jump Rope for Heart.... Don't forget to pause the music at the bottom of the page before playing the video.
I've included the youtube video in case anybody hadn't seen it. I would have loved if his webpage was still active, but it's not. Please make note of my my professional jumper jumps without his rope. hahahaha
When we started we set the goal with the lowest goal they would allow~$50. I figured that was alot of money for one boy to raise and figured that I would more than likely end up donating the majority of it.
So, with Devin's eagerness pushing me along, we made his website and posted it around 9 o'clock at night. By the next morning we had already exceeded that goal. So, I raised the new goal to $100. Through the generosity of family, friends and people that I have never and will never meet...Devin raised over $700. Little by little his website thermometer exceeded and poured out.
Every day we would check to see where we were at and every day I was left speechless. The greatest thing was that Devin could have cared less about the gifts that came with each tier of donations he met. I did call the school to see if I could come and get video footage of the actual jump-a-thon to post to all of the givers, but they wouldn't allow it since there would be other children in the video. He also couldn't believe how much Devin had raised. He raised more than anyone had in the eleven years he had been coordinating all of Austintown's jump rope for heart events.
As a mother, I could not have been more proud watching my son make an earnest attempt to save "sick heart". As a person, I was moved beyond words at the generosity that people gave to support the legacy of Shawn and the heart of a young boy.
For those of you who donated or followed Devin's heart journey...I thank you!