Fundraising for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at www.ChristiThomas.com to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.
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For her birthday, Shayla asked us for rent a space and hire a DJ so she could have a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand instead of receiving gifts this year. Since she did something similar last year, we weren't surprised and we were happy to help. Shayla wanted to raise $1500 for her 15th birthday and thanks to very generous friends and family, she raised $2,685.00 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! Thank you, everyone! We all wish she could have invited all of her friends, but "fire code" at the venue made her trim down her invite list. The teens donned their old homecoming outfits and danced for hours! We were very proud of all of them and thank them for their generosity! Some of the sweet kiddos told us the ball was even more fun than their school's homecoming. Wow! That's a compliment! We think Christi would have been proud!
|Thanks to Lucas and Michael at the Ritz Theater's National Theater for helping set up for Shayla's Lemon Ball Dance Party!|
|We put in a few dollars to get the donations started and when the teens arrived it just started filling up - wow! Thanks, sweet kids, friends and families!|
|Yes, this would be Christi's best friends - Kaylyn & Theresa! They will soon be graduating from high school and heading off to college. We are very proud of them and know that Christi's on their shoulders. They always made her soooooooo happy! Never treating her like a "kid with cancer" but always treating her like a "kid"! Thanks, Kaylyn & Theresa! It was fantastic to see you at the ball!|
|At Shayla's age, I never could have taken the microphone and spoken in front of my peers (and trust me they would not have been clapping and cheering for me like Shayla's friends did). She educated them about the need for research and how much an hour of research costs. When she announced that she nearly doubled her goal thanks to their generosity, they went wild. Sooooo fantastic!|
|The teens danced for hours!|
|It was a great party!|
|Dancing the Night Away!|
|I loved that the kids could get their old homecoming outfits out of the closet and wear them again! Some of them traded dresses too - what fun!|
|Shayla's Lemon Ball Dance Party - a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund in honor of Shayla's 15th birthday!|
|Welcome to the party!|
|We could not have rented a better space! This worked out tremendously well!|
|Thanks to Janet & Subway for donating all of the yummy cookies for the kiddos! They loved them!|
|Shayne found these at Walmart! We had to buy them!|
This post was written by Shayla. I'm amazed at her maturity, compassion and desire to help others.
|The sweet hospital lady said to these two gentlemen, "Would you like your picture taken with Miss Mansfield's Teen?" and I heard my mom whisper to herself, "I bet Shayla would like her picture taken with YOU!" We had to laugh about that later!|
|Thanks to these awesome employees of Mercy Children's at Toledo! Thank you for inviting me! |
I loved helping out! You rock!
Hello, sweet Bloggers! All is well with the Thomas team! Shayla had a great 15th birthday last week. It's been a very crazy winter for us; Shayla's school (which rarely closes for poor weather) has now been closed 13 days! I think she will be going to school much of this summer now!
|Shayla on her 15th birthday. We got her a few small gifts, mainly books and she had a great day! School was awesome and then she went to Heidelberg University's "Fireside Cafe" with friends after school followed by three hours of dance classes. I went in and sliced her birthday cake and sent it home with the dancers as they left the studio. |
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET SHAY SHAY!
Every day world-wide, 720 kids are diagnosed with cancer. Last year I worked with BGSU's CMLA to raise over $500 for Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization devoted to funding a cure for childhood cancers. On Monday, Feb. 17th (President's Day) CMLA members and I will be in the BGSU union from 10am-1pm distributing cans of "Country Time" lemonade in exchange for a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand. If you're around BGSU, please stop by. I'd love to talk to you!
|Shayla with Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2013.|
|Opening Number Dance Routine! (Shayla loved this! Shayne and I thought we saw too much hip shaking! |
Picture: Second from the right, front row.)
|Evening gown and onstage question about platform (Pediatric Cancer Research) 20% of the competition. Asking the questions is Hannah, Miss Mansfield's Teen, 2013.|
|Fitness Competition (10% of score)|
*Here is Shayla smiling after doing the routine with kicks, push-ups, runs and dancing in it.
|Talent Competition (35% of the total score)|
|Waiting with some of the other teens before private interviews with the panel of judges. |
(This is Shayla's favorite part of the competition and it's worth 25%.)