Hi everyone, and happy Friday! Today I’m going to start our post with a excerpt from Jason- Heidi’s husband and a Director here at Simon Says Stamp!
I am writing my first post and nervous/excited to reach out to our extended Simon Says Stamp family. I am beyond thankful for our Simon community. Heidi and I met in 2002 and started selling papercrafting supplies shortly thereafter. We fell in love during our very first phone call. In 2003 we married and have been blessed with Jaxon (2007) and Abigail (2011) along the way. Yet one of our greatest family blessings was to start our journey into what has become Simon Says Stamp. We feel the love and passion that customers and designers share with us daily over our shared passion of positively impacting lives through cards, cardmaking, and papercrafting. So thank you all for joining us along the way and please stay with us.
I am asking you a personal favor for my mentor and friend, Tim Justice (seen above with family). Before joining Simon full time, I enjoyed a career as a medical device sales representative under the guidance of Tim. His most important counseling had nothing to do with our careers, but with our families – life lessons that helped me to be a better husband, father, and human.
Earlier this year, Tim’s thirteen year old daughter Maddy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the next six months. And then will receive a stem cell transplant from her fifteen year old sister Melanie. If Tim needed a room painted, I would be of little help. However, I can reach out to each of you to help me help them.
(Maddy and Melanie being adorable at Maddy’s The Riley Hospital for Children Prom Night)
All of us at Simon are so blessed to hear a tiny bit of this family’s story, and want to join Jason in his request to you for encouraging, happy cards! Please make a personalized card of encouragement and support for Maddy and/or Melanie and mail it to:
Simon Says Stamp
Attn: Cards for M&M
44 Lazelle Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
*We will be collecting cards from today- Friday, July 13th 2012 to Friday, August 3rd 2012
(Maddy being interview by a local news channel at The Riley Hospital for Children Cancer Prom Night)
I think we all know that the best thing about homemade cards are 1) you KNOW the amount of time someone took to make everything look just perfect and beautiful, and 2) it’s absolutely original and just for YOU! Being apart of the card-making community, we want to share with Maddy and Melanie the joy one can receive from a card specifically and especially for them.
Jason also adds this: Please visit Caringbridge.org and check in on Maddy’s progress. She has her own site – maddyjustice (no capitals or spaces in the name). Marizel, Maddy’s mother (seen above), journals about her experiences with contributions from Tim, Melanie, and Maddy, herself. If you can’t make a card, they offer e-cards to send, but we all know how special a hand crafted card is.
To win today’s blog candy, please comment below and wish the Justice family a warm thought or encouragement! Their spirits are incredibly positive and enduring, I’d like to hope we can help them maintain that!
Thanks for reading today everyone! We hope this story touches you, and your able to send a card for either Maddy, Melanie, the family- or all of them!