Tuesday, January 22, 2008

project superstar

My bone marrow transplant is in March. Right now I'm starting to make plans. I want to earn money for kits. First I'm earning money for new crafts for me, and then I'm earning money for Caitlin's Smiles. I need to bring brand new craft supplies [to the hospital] 'cause they don't have any germs and you can wash them off with a wipe.We are calling it project superstar because I made this great superstar T-shirt and my mom and dad and sister think it's really cute and also my aunts and uncles and grandma. I first made this picture for a treasure hunt and then we decided to use it for our family reunion. We're going to make new ones with light blue because it's my favorite color and this is why I like it: the bright, beautiful of the blue blue blue sky and I love it so much it's gonna make me cry.
Last week my mother and sister and me goed to Caitlin's Smiles. We helped doing craft kits and we made cards and we decorated bags. They give the craft kits to the kids at the hospital who are sick and they pass out 4-5,000 a month. And that's how many bags they pass out a month. And I liked helping so much that I'm about to cry. My class is going to help and they're going to make cards at creative activities. We're going to have some parties at our house to put together craft kits. Then I'm going to earn extra money with Project Superstar and give it to Caitlin's Smiles.

Some of the things that I'm going to sell for project superstar are star wish necklaces, superstar T-shirts [at cost, for support, not profit], beaded barrettes, drawings, porcelain hamster playsets, my sister's books, and snowglobe necklace kits. I'm going to sell them in my mom's etsy shop, purple petunia, and she'll give the money to me.

[mom note: thanks to all of those who love Marian and want to help her. She's really excited about this project, and supporting it will mean a lot to her. It's kind of unusual to plan a BMT so far ahead of time, and I thought that having a service project would give her something positive to focus on as she waits. She is also taking her research very seriously...we'll post her BMT informative poster here when she finishes it. It is, of course, very detailed! When we're in the hospital, we'll be limited as to what she can take and use, but mail and drawings and photographs will be very important. She thinks that it would be great if you sent her jokes, since she heard on one of her learning DVDs that jokes help. We are reprinting her superstar tees and distributing them at cost + shipping. I think that photos of all of her favorite people in their superstar tees will be something wonderful for her to have on the walls of her hospital room during her long stay. We'll keep you posted here.]

9 comments:

Abby Frandsen said...

Marian, you are my superstar! We love you sooooooo much!
love, aunt abby, uncle devn & cousin Ellee!

ps... we can't wait to see you next week!

Karen said...

I think making those kits is a great idea! I can't wait to see all of the wonderful things that will be in your mom's shop!

Jen said...

marian you are amazing! I really want to get one of those superstar shirts! :)

melissa said...

Good luck with everything! I was very ill with Aplastic anemia (another immune disorder) when I was five and I did much of the same crafting when I was stuck in hospital while receiving treatment. All my poor stuffed animals had to go away for a while but I was nicely distracted by all the new crafty kits I got each day (we rigged up a little monster "cage" from a plastic strawberry basket that was attached to a window shade that trapped each day's present overnight!).

From someone who's been through much of the same experiences as you, Marian (and come out the other side, 23 years later!), remember to stay brave and keep crafting and you'll be back home in no time!

Isela: Purling Sprite said...

I would like to get two of the t-shirts too. One for a little girl (about 3years old) and one for myself (adult M).

I'll keep coming by to see how we can obtain them.

:)

Mindy said...

oooooh! I am going to go to etsy right now to order my blue t-shirt! I think all of the projects you are doing are such a good idea! What a sweet girl you are to donate and help with kaitlin's smiles.

Gary said...

Marian, you are an incredible girl! Keep up the great artwork, and I'll be rooting for you!!

Brie said...

Hi Marian, I love your enthusiasm and spirit! I'd love to purchase some t shirts to help you reach your goals and will be sure to check out your etsy shop! Keep up that great work :) xo, Brie

Christine Xavier said...

Marian-
I am wearing my super cool new Superstar shirt right now, and I just want to say thanks for the note that you sent with it!
Love, Christine