The bottom was written by my mom. My sister and my neice, 3 yrs old, are going through a tough time. We just found out that Jo has Retinoblastoma, a rare tumor that occurs in young children essentially turning their eye into cancer. Unfortunately, Jordyn’s eye was too far gone to be saved and they had to remove it entirely. But the worst is still not over. She still has a surgery or two to go through in order to fix it.

My sister’s insurance isn’t covering all the bills and they are piling up fast and furious. They still have about 4-6 months of doctors visits and a surgery or two to get through. I am asking ANYONE to donate to a site my mom set up for her.

Even if you can only donate a dollar, that’s enough. I swear this isn’t a scam. You can see the pics of my sister and Jordyn on the site and you can also see the same people on my myspace page if you wish to verify that this is for real. My myspace link is

The link to donate is

Also, Jo is doing well. I’ve spoken with her a couple times and she’s in high spirits, but being only almost 3, she doesn’t fully understand what is happening.

All she knows is that she has a really cool “pirate patch”!

If you do chose to donate please post this thread on your page so others can see it also.

Jordyn is the most precious thing in my life and my sister is my closest friend. Everyone is just beside themselves right now over this. I moved from Eugene, OR as soon as I found out that my sister was pregnant. Sometimes I wouldn’t mind moving out of Boise but I would never bring myself to do it because I can’t imagine living anywhere on this Earth without my Jo. I even had the privilege of being a full time baby sitter for Jo so I spent a significant amount of time with her in her first year of life. Watching that little girl grow up has been an experience so wonderful I don’t even have words for it. The most wonderful sound I will ever hear is when she yells “Aunty Anya!” and runs up to me and gives me a huge warm hug and a kiss.

Here’s the story…

****************************************

I am sending you all a link to my grandbaby, Jordyn, website. Jo has a very rare disease called Retinoblastoma. Only 250 children, under the age of three, get this a year. What it is is a mutation of the genes that make the eyeball cells. The cells mutate and become cancer, which can be life threatening.

Jo went blind in her left eye and had to find a specialist immediately. There is no specialist here in Idaho, so Becky, my daughter, had to take Jo to St Louis Children’s Hospital. On Wed Oct 1st they completely removed her left eyeball. Jo was already blind in that eye and it turned out that 97% of the eyeball itself was cancer.

The eye was donated to the lab that is testing it. This can be hereditary or not. If it is this will change many things for Jo. If they find the gene in both parents then Jo is strongly advised not to have children. It also can occur in the remaining eye. This type of cancer also goes to the brain then skips to the bone marrow. This cancer also opens the door to any form of cancer for Jo throughout her life.

Becky has had to take an indefinite leave of absence from work. In 6 weeks Jo will get her temporary prosthetic eye. In between now and then Jo will see the doctors weekly. Then in 3 months Jo will receive a handmade, by an expert artisan,prosthetic eye.

The good news is that Jo’s optic nerve is still good. This means that they connect the prosthetic eye to the nerve so it will move exactly with the good eye! Amazing. This is a lot of doctor visits and Becky is looking at at least 6 months. Beck is trying to also maintain where she lives in Idaho so when this is over and she comes home she still has a place for her and Jo. We have also found out not all of this is covered on her medical insurance.

Therefore i have made a website with pictures of Becky and Jo asking for everyone’s help. Whatever u can afford to donate and more than once in the upcoming months would be greatly appreciated. Most of you know me and know this isn’t like me to do this but we have no choice.

I appreciate your time and help, as does Becky and Jo!!!!

Thank you ALL and much Love,
Debbie, Becky and best of all my lil Sweet Pea Jordyn Rae Marie
*******************************************************
[This part was written by a very old, very dear friend of mine who knows our family and was asking for help from her friends

Please repost this so we can all help this family!! I have never met Jo myself, but I love this family very much. I met Anya on the first day of kindergarten and we were instant friends. Her family is my family. Her mother was like a second mother to me while I was growning up. They are wonderful people and would be more than willing to help someone if they were in a similar position.
Please, please repost this and let’s all pitch in to help baby Jo!!

Advertisements

Just remember, Iranians are people too. The seemingly mad ramblings of Ahmadinejad are not opinions held by the majority of Iranians. Just follow this link to see the pictures demonstrating life in Iran. You’ll see it’s not much different from our own. Put yourself in their shoes.

Gorgon Boy

This is why I hate the expression: “The ends justify the means”. No…They don’t. Ever!

The Guardian: Children of Conflict

Fifteen-year-old Nour Aidi has hardly spoken in seven years since Israeli soldiers bulldozed the olive trees around his home, barricaded his family in a room and turned the house into a base, fortified with sandbags, camouflage netting, barbed wire and machine guns.

The soldiers stayed 12 months and then moved into barracks next door where, for another four years, they continued to control when Nour and his family could leave and enter the house.

Israel withdrew its army and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but the soldiers still occupy Nour’s life. Nour is introverted, angry, sometimes violent, and without friends.

In the Israeli border town of Sderot Raziel Sasson, 13, sleeps huddled next to his mother and father. Raziel retreated to his parents’ bed four years ago after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza exploded in a playing field, knocking him from a tree. He eventually returned to his own bed only to later move with the entire family into the lounge downstairs where they have slept for the past year, sheltering from the escalating attacks.

Raziel has watched rockets fired into his front yard and seen explosions cause serious injury. He has nightmares about the rockets and lately he has taken to sleeping in the reinforced steel box that his brother built in the living room for added protection.

The distress of living under military rule in Gaza caused Nour’s younger sister to stop eating. Now 12, she has the body of a six-year-old. His mother developed a stomach disorder that activates when she is nervous, and his eldest brother is clinically depressed.

As a result of Israeli army ground invasions and air raids the average child had experienced 13 traumatic events. Thirty-four per cent had been threatened with a gun, 30% had witnessed a close relative die and 62% had seen someone killed by a missile. Many had seen their homes demolished, suffered injuries or witnessed the kidnapping of a friend or relative.

I probably don’t need give my opinion on this. Actually, I really can’t because I simply don’t have the words. Well, two do come to mind…I’m scared.

Natural News

(NaturalNews) A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags.

The Middletown School District, in partnership with MAP Information Technology Corp., has launched a pilot program to implant RFID chips into the schoolbags of 80 children at the Aquidneck School. Each chip would be programmed with a student identification number, and would be read by an external device installed in one of two school buses. The buses would also be fitted with global positioning system (GPS) devices.

Parents or school officials could log onto a school web site to see whether and when specific children had entered or exited which bus, and to look up the bus’s current location as provided by the GPS device.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the plan as an invasion of children’s privacy and a potential risk to their safety.

“There’s absolutely no need to be tagging children,” said Stephen Brown, executive director of the ACLU’s Rhode Island chapter. According to Brown, the school district should already know where its students are.

“[This program is] a solution in search of a problem,” Brown said.

The school district says that its current plan is no different than other programs already in place for parents to monitor their children’s school experience. For example, parents can already check on their children’s attendance records and what they have for lunch, said district Superintendent Rosemary Kraeger.

Brown disputed this argument. The school is perfectly entitled to track its buses, he said, but “it’s a quantitative leap to monitor children themselves.” He raised the question of whether unauthorized individuals could use easily available RFID readers to find out students’ private information and monitor their movements.

Because the pilot program is being provided to the school district at no cost, it did not require approval from the Rhode Island ethics commission.