As we all know, there are times in this beautiful crafty world where bigger parts of life come into play. More serious parts of life. Well, one such part of life has come my way. It's on the periphery of my life but more centralized to someone special in my darling brother's life.
My brother's dear friend and former roommate, Ryan, was involved in an accident on a Saturday afternoon in April 2011 in New Orleans, while riding his bike to meet up with friends. The facts of the accident remain unclear but Ryan did sustain a brain injury. As a side note - Ryan moved from CA to NOLA after Katrina to live there and help/work with the relief efforts to help the citizens of NOLA rebuild. Ya...he's an amazing young man.
So - what am I asking of you? I'm asking you to think of him, send blessings, prayers, white light, love and healing (however you manifest those thoughts and feelings) in the form of cards to send his way. Here is the post that his family put up:
Here is the link to the call for cards for Ryan
You can read the information further on his blog or you can read the snippet that I've added below:
"On a separate note, Ryan has received a few cards recently and seems to really enjoy opening them and looking at them. We would really like to continue showering him with cards! Below is his address at the hospital if you'd like to send him one. These can also be useful with his rehabilitation by triggering memories. To help his parents and therapists in explaining the cards to Ryan, it'd be great if you could include a picture of yourself and/or a description of how you know each other (i.e. college, work, etc.). Another idea would be to write about a great story or memory you and Ryan share together. Thanks and have a good weekend."
Trinity Neurologic Rehabilitation Center
Attn: Ryan Porcelli, Room 131B
1400 Lindberg Drive
Slidell, LA 70458
If you could be SO lovely to send a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) card to Ryan, I KNOW that it would make his day, put a smile on his face, and bring him encouragement and strength for the long and healing road that lies ahead of him.
To avoid confusion, please write somewhere in the card that you are a friend of Meredith Winston - Ethan Goldstein's sister. That way Ryan will have a frame of reference as to where the card originated from.
As a thank you to all who send a card to Ryan I will have a small prize for each of you. I'm not entirely sure what yet but I will get back to you. Just to say thank you for sending a card to a lovely and cherished friend in need. I've just sent off THIS
card and plan on doing another one next week. In order to receive your prize from me, please post your creation on your blog (if you have one) and leave a comment here after you've mailed a card to Ryan. Please make sure that I have a way of getting in touch with you =) If you don't have a blog that's ok, just leave me a comment with your info.
Also - (and I know I'm asking a lot) but if you could forward this to anyone you know that might send a card out I'd be greatly appreciative!! I think it's a very worthy cause and something that all of us can easily do with all of the boxes of cards we have lying around! =)
I truly and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read this and hopefully drop a fun and cheery card in the mail to Ryan.
Here is the fabulous prize pack that will be given to each person who sends a card to Ryan!!
Please link your cards using the Inlinkz tool here:
Don't hesitate to let me know if you have ANY questions!!
Thank you so much my darling crafty friends!!