Friday, November 26, 2010

Aidan's Monsters

I hope you've already come across this story but just in case you haven't...

Aidan is 5 and he has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He likes to draw monsters. His aunt posted his drawings on Etsy to raise money for the family.

I like that Aidan likes to draw monsters. I like that this has turned into a unique fundraiser. But this is the part that I really like.
"The Reeds made a conscious decision to live on one income while their kids were young. Katie has been a stay-at-home mom since Aidan was born; Wylie works full time training technicians who build components for airplanes.

Before our second baby came, we had already cut everything frivolous out of our budget,” Wylie Reed said. “We don’t have a cable package. We don’t drive new cars. ...'"

So many of the families I work with were already living beyond their means before their child was diagnosed with cancer. Whether you have private insurance or not, there are so many extra costs when it comes to a sick child. If both parents were working, often one will need to quit in order to take their child to clinic or stay during hospitalizations. When not seeing doctors, the child needs 24/7 supervision because things can change from moment to moment. This, of course, can be financially draining. If the family was already 2 or 3 bills behind before meeting with me, it's a huge drain on whatever resources I can provide them and generally still doesn't motivate them to change their ways. The fact that this family had already done everything in their power to live economically was very encouraging to me because it is so rare. And when you think about it, that might be why our nation is in the economic mess that it's in.

Aidan's aunt was really touched by his family's plight. Aidan's dad would have to miss a week of work in order to be there for his treatments and so he decided they would need to sell their house to make up for the loss of income. She didn't want this to happen and hence, the Etsy site was born.

At $12 apiece, the monster drawings have raised over$30,000 for the family. They will no longer have to sell their house.

Read the family blog here. Check out and buy Aidan's drawings here.

1 comment:

Janna said...

Amazing! People really know how to come together for each other in times of need...$30,000... Thanks for sharing the family blog site too. Hope all is well and that you had a great Thanksgiving!