Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cards for Olivia Drive....

Good morning everyone. Today i'm asking for your thoughts, prayers and CARDS!! Monday night my cousin's daughter sweet little Olivia was taken to the hospital after not feeling well. Here at out local hospital they did a CT scan and found a brain tumor which is in the most critical part of the brain. She was taken to the University of Iowa hospital that night. After having further tests, surgery is a must! This is going to happen Monday August 22.

Today Olivia should be starting kindergarten, but because of her medical issues now so is spending this day in the hospital. I talked with my cousin last night and she is trying to be very strong. I know lots of well wishes and prayers are going their way daily. This being said....yesterday Olivia was given 2 emails that friends had sent to the hospital for her and Christina said this put the biggest smile on her face!!!

So i'm asking you to please take 1/2 out of your day and create a card for Olivia. Let's redo her hospital walls in cards and keep that big smile on her face while she is there.

Here is a picture of that great smile she has.





I created this card for her and mailed it yesterday.




So once again i'm asking for your CARDS!!! Please help us let her know people all over are wishing her well. You can mail the cards to me, i'm 5 minutes from her house and 45m minutes from the hospital. They will brighten this little ones day!

Thanks sooooo much to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and cards. Please mail them to this address below.

Cards For Olivia
c/o Stacy Rodriguez
3122 9 1/2 Street
Rock Island, Illinois
61201

Thanks again,
Stacy

61 comments:

  1. Oh my poor thing. I will see what I can do, I am going away this weekend so I'll try to send something next week.

    Your card is so cute.

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  2. OH NO!!!!!! I hate hearing stories like this! If I don't get one done today...definitely this weekend. Thoughts and prayers going out your way!

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  3. That is just horrible! I will be sure to send a card along. what a beautiful little girl!

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  4. I will get one off to you Stacy! I am an OR nurse at the UofI so will keep a lookout for little Olivia! Bless your heart for doing this! Shelley

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  5. What a sad thing for such a young child to go through not to mention how scary it is for her and the whole family. I will get a card in the mail, such a small thing to make someone else feel good :)

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  6. will do and sending up prayers as well! keep us posted!

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  7. You know I will send one!!! What a beautiful little girl!! I will post on FB when I get home too... poor baby... love the card you made her :)

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  8. You know you got my support...will share wherever I can {{hugs}}

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  9. Oh Stacy, how awful. I've had a couple of friends kids in a similar situation and they have come out healthy, hoping for the same result for Olivia. I don't really do cards but maybe a postcard from Australia will be just as exciting. x

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  10. I will make her a card and I'm praying for her too. Sje

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  11. You've got it! Praying for this beautiful little girl!

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  12. I'm so sorry, Stacy!!
    I just now saw this!
    I will be keeping her in our prayers!
    I will create a card and send something else you might like to alter for her later!!
    Big hugs!!

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  13. So glad you are doing this. I have been thinking about Olivia and their family all week. Can we spread the word about the card drive? Facebook ok? Will have a card in the mail on Sunday. Thanks Stacy!

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  14. sending a card and praying for Olivia and her family.

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  15. I'm a mom myself and can't even imagine what the family must be going thru! My thoughtws and prayers to you all....and my card with be on the way soon!!!

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  16. I am so sorry to hear about Olivia. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are coming her way. Of course a get well card too.

    I am going to ask the ladies I crop with this weekend to make a card too, so perhaps I can send you a small bundle. I am also going to post this on my facebook page & blog. Big Hugs!! Suzi :)

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  17. Stacy, I sent a call for cards out over Twitter, I hope you get tons for that sweet little Olivia. UofI is a great place (my hubbie's aunt is a nurse there) - hopefully she won't be there long. Please let us know how her surgery goes.

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  18. What a beautiful little girl! The diagnosis of a brain tumor, especially in a young child is so heartbreaking...and so scary for the family. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor (on his brainstem) 7 years ago. It was, without a doubt, the worst thing we have ever been through, but bodies heal and time marches on. Now he's tumor-free and healthy. So there is every reason to believe and hope for the best. Sending positive thoughts and wishes for Olivia and her family.

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  19. I am Praying for sweet little Olivia. God is a HEALER! Love her cute little smile. Hugs to you and your family. :)

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  20. My son started kindergarten this week. I can only imagine how horrible it would be for him to be in the hospital with a brain tumor instead. Best wishes to Olivia and all who love her.

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  21. I forgot to write your addy down!
    Off to go and mail the altered items and card in the morning still working on it!!
    Hugs!

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  22. I found your site through Facebook through Echo Park....I am putting a card in an envelope right now. My prayers are with Olivia and her family!

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  23. You got it Stacy.. thanks to Echo Park for pointing me to yer blog from FB! BIG SMILES AND HUGS for little Olivia!!!! And tons of comfort and prayers for her parents, for you and all your family! My card(s) will be heading out tomorrow a.m. as the PO will be closed by the time I can get there this afternoon.. xo -McCine

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  24. The same thing happened to my niece Sami. At 4 they found a brain tumor at the base of her brain. She underwent a 15 1/2 hour surgery the day before Thanksgiving. She had a long recovery and was in the hospital for weeks, but she is now 15, a Sophomore in high school and a normal, healthy girl. My prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery.

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  25. Will continue to keep Olivia and your family in our prayers. xx

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  26. This totally breaks my heart. I will create a post card for her right now and I will link this post on my blog.
    Please know that we are praying for Olivia and in the name of Jesus she will be healed. Lets pray for these doctors and nurses so that they are guided by our loving Father.
    Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
    Dayami

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  27. would love to help. will keep her in my prayers. Everything will be alright!

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  28. How sad :( My son started Kindergarten today and I couldn't even imagine. Will be working on a card for sweet little Olivia!

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  29. How sad to hear! I'm going to try to come up with a card and get it in the mail in the morning, since I'll be leaving for vacation in the early am. My prayers will be with her and her family.

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  30. I am also sending out prayers for Olivia and her family.... Working on a card now!

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  31. You get my prayers and will send a card from Singapore!

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  32. Will definitely be getting a card made for this sweetie pie, and know that Olivia is in my prayers!

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  33. my thoughts will be with olivia & her family. off to make that card for her!

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  34. There is a site called caringbridge.org that sets up a link where people can post updates, leave messages and basically keep in touch with fiends, family and well wishers...you should check it out. I'd love to send a card for this sweet little girl and wish her a full and speedy recovery!

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  35. Just heard about your sweet little cousin from Dayi's blog. I will be making a card for and sending it your way this weekend! Of course, I'll be sending tons of prayers as well!

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  36. OMG!! I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers go out to you and your family. I will definetly send her a card and have my two daughters - Kennedy & Logan to send her one too!

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  37. Oh my heart is breaking for this family and this little girl. I'm not a card maker but for Olivia, I'll start! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I'm getting a care package put together for her! She and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  39. Awww, praying for all of you.

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  40. Awww - I am just hurting inside knowing that this little precious angel is facing surgery. I will be praying for you and your family as this is difficult for any family to endure. Thank God that doctors were able to discover, diagnose and create a treatment plan so quickly.

    Cards are on their way!

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  41. Poor Olivia! This is so tragic. I feel for her and her family. Sending prayers. She is probably scared and upset. She was probably looking forward to starting school and now she is going through this. I will definitely send her a card and I will have my girls make them too! Thanks for sharing her story with us.

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  42. Sorry to hear that, I will send a card to Olivia soon, hope she gets well soon and you and your family will be in my prayers. Big hugs to you and your little princess!

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  43. Melinda Tate McCallAugust 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    This breaks my heart,praying for a full recovery!!!

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  44. I'm so sad to hear that, Stacy. Sending big hugs & prayers your way. Will be making a card ASAP.

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  45. Hello everyone... this is Stacy's husband, and I am sure many of you kind people have been waiting to hear some news.... so I would like to share the post made moments ago on Olivia's dad's facebook.....

    "Day 7 SURGERY

    What we thought was going to be one of the worst days of our lives turned out to be one of the greatest. They were able to remove Olivias entire tumor. Olivia is in the PICU, has multiple IV's, breathing tube, and is heavily sedated. She wont be totaly out of the woods for a few days, and will most likely need radiation and or chemo in the future. Thank you eeveryone for all the prayers. A MIRACLE has just occured. We know that Dr. Menezes is not GOD, but he is definetly a close relative."

    I am sure Stacy will post more news later as she is elated with joy at the moment... and busy obviously conversing and sharing the news with family.

    Again, on behalf of the family, thank you all soooo much for your support and love... these cards are gonna help that girl during her long recovery!

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  46. Will send cards for sure. Posting to some forums. I'll be thinking of little Olivia and your family. {hugs}

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  47. Ann, Oakhills on sb.com, posted the card she made for Olivia and led me to this blog. What a wonderful thing to have the support of the scrapbooking community for this sweet little child. I do not know her, nor her family, personally, but am touched and deeply moved by the outreach of love expressed through cards for this sweet child. I will be mailing one for her tomorrow morning. It would be great to know how many cards she receives by the time she goes home from hospital. Fran (Quick Silver on scrapbook.com)

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  48. My Little Grandson started Kindergarten last week. I can't Imagine what this Family is going through. My Heart just Breaks for them. Thoughts and Prayers of healing for this Sweet Precious Little Girl. Will get a Card made. Please keep us updated. Thanks!

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  49. I made a card for Olivia this morning and am mailing it right away. This is such a wonderful thing being done for Olivia, and such a small thing for us all to do to make a contribution. Thanks for inviting us to take part in this worthwhile cause. Fran (Quick Silver at scrapbook.com)

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  50. I will definitely make a card for Olivia and get it sent off (I'll add a post to my blog too to spread the word) My heart goes out to your family and I pray that her surgery went well! Sending loads of ((HUGS))

    Gabrielle xx

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  51. For all of you following this I have posted in another post a link to her carepage, but i'm also posting it here, her page is KlauerPower. http://www.carepages.com/
    Thanks - Stacy

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  52. We will make cards for Olivia today and get them in the mail to you tomorrow Stacy!!!

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  53. Sending my card off in the morning & shared the info at my blog http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/
    Again, hope these cards will bring a smile to Olivia's face....sending loads of hugs!

    Gabrielle xx

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  54. I pray for her that she feel better soon!
    Elma from germany

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  55. My thoughts and prayers go out to Olivia and her family! I too have had brain surgery on 2 aneurysms. I needed radiation and I have a little bit of memory problems but it has been 8 years now and so far so good... I will never take life for granted again! She is a beautiful little girl and my heart breaks to hear her story, but children are very resilient and it sounds as if the surgery itself went well, that is great! Give her lots of hugs everyday! I will get a card in the mail today!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  56. Will keep Olivia in my thoughts and prayers! Mom from Cottage and Broome

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  57. Thinking of Olivia and will be sending a card out this week! :)

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  58. I have heard about it today and have created a card.Will mail it tomorrow.I hope god gives strength to olivia and her family to come out of this .

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  59. Could you post an update as to how she is currently doing? I'm hoping she's doing better! My prayers are still going out to her and her family.

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