Sunday, March 10, 2013

Caring for Cole

A couple of weeks ago, a sweet teacher friend took her 5 year old son to the doctor for terrible headaches.  That afternoon, he was sent to Vanderbilt (4 hours away) and admitted.  He had brain surgery 3 days later to remove part of an enormous tumor.  It is cancer and it's very aggressive.  It's rare in children and it's rare to have it in the brain.  His doctors are consulting with doctors at John Hopkins and St. Jude to try to decide how to handle this cancer. To make things even more complicated, he also has brittle bone.  He spent about 3 weeks in Vandy and has now been sent home.  His family will receive some treatments in Knoxville, but will have to continue to drive to Vandy for some of his treatments and to continue to see his neurologist.

Can't tell he just had part of a brain tumor removed.  Love that smile!

I  know you want to help.  Anytime we hear about a child who is sick, it breaks your heart.  One thing the family has asked for is prayers, prayers for a miracle.  Another way you can help, is to donate money to their family.  The parents have missed over 3 weeks of work and will miss many more to care for Cole.  His medical expenses are already enormous and continues to grow daily.  Cole has a long road ahead of him and this is one stress we can help his family with.

Leaving the hospital and headed home.

Some amazing teacher friends have donated some of their fabulous "Tried and True" teaching resources for anyone who donates a minimum of $25.  If you donate, please leave your email address so that I can send you the bundle of 33 files valued over $160.00

Here's what's included:

Please consider helping this family by donating at least $25.  (If you donate less than $25, you will NOT receive the teacher resources.)

All proceeds will be given to Cole and his family to help with medical and travel expenses. 

Click the donate button below to make your payment through PayPal. 

Products will be emailed to the email address used to make payment. Please do not donate anonymously, or I will not be able to send you the products. 

ALL PRODUCTS WILL BE EMAILED as soon as possible and usually within 48 hours.  (Please check your spam folder.)  If you do not receive your files within 48 hours please email me at

Your donations will greatly help this family in their time of need. 
Thank you so much for your support. Words cannot express how very much I appreciate your support and prayers for this family.

The graphics used above are from the amazing Mel.




  1. Another product is coming your way! Also prayers.

  2. All my best to Cole and his family. They are in my heart and prayers.

  3. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

  4. I just donated! I hope it helps Cole and his family! I will also put a link out on my blog.

    The Kindergarten Pod

    1. Thanks so much Lori! I would love it if you shared this on your blog.

  5. What a WONDERFUL smile! You're doing an AWESOME thing! I've donated and I hope you raise thousands of dollars for this little boy! :o)


  6. I have donated and have also added a link on my blog. I'd also be willing to share a product to add to the bunch. Please e-mail me if you are interested.

    All the best,
    Nurturing Noggins

  7. Just donated and shared on my Facebook wall. Best wishes and prayers for Cole!

  8. Thank you so much for donating and sharing! I really appreciate it!

  9. Can you use a product from the upper grades to include in the packet? I'd love to send one or two. I'm also adding the link to this page on Facebook and Twitter.

    Prayers for Cole and his family <3

    The Teacher's Desk 6

    1. Angela,
      Thanks so much for donating and the prayers. It is very kind of you to offer a product of your own. I really appreciate it, but I already have the donation files bundled up.
      Thanks so very much!

  10. What a cutie pie! Cancer sucks, especially in small children. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cole and his family!! I have donated and hope you raise tons of money.

  11. I just donated. Prayers sent during this families time of need. I wish Cole the best. Praying for this family to have the strength that will be needed during this time.

    1. We appreciate the prayers more than you know. Thank you so much for your donation.

  12. I just donated. Praying for Cole and his family. Thank you for putting this together.

    Kristen Hernandez


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