Archive for July 2011

WE’VE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE (but we’re still running)!!   Leave a comment

Miles' new 2008 Toyota Sienna LE with top-of-the-line Braun conversion

We have wonderful news: we’ve hit our goal for the purchase of Miles’ new van!! And “Christmas in July” for him is coming tomorrow evening, with the arrival of his safe new ride. Amazingly, the fundraiser that was supposed to take eight months has taken just under three. Our “village” of family members, friends and kind strangers came out in full force once we made Miles’ needs known. (Mommy is pretty beat by the breakneck pace of managing it all, but is elated!)

Although we have just achieved full funding for the van, we are continuing to seek donations for the next week or two for the expenses related to getting it on the road. For example, our insurance premium will nearly double to adequately cover this new van with its high-end conversion.

Every donor has made a mark on our hearts that we will not forget. Thank you.

P. S. Stay tuned for photos of the delivery, the final Portsmouth Herald article, and the details of Michelle’s new blog on Miracle Miles.


Posted July 27, 2011 by Michelle in Uncategorized

LAST LAP: WE ONLY NEED $2K MORE!!   Leave a comment

Miles’ new 2008 Braun-converted Toyota Sienna LE, with only 9,000 miles, is en route from Maryland as I write. We only need $2K more now to take delivery at the end of next week and hit our “Christmas in July” goal. We’re so close we can taste it! (Which begs the question: what do silver minivans taste like?!)

So, in this final lap, the question becomes: who do you know who wants to see one of the hardest-working kids around get transportation that will make him safer and more comfortable when he travels to twice-weekly physical therapy appointments, weekly oral-motor therapy appointments, his great-grandparents’ lakehouse, and to church to hear Mommy sing in the choir? Something that will make it so much easier for his family to transport him that he will get to go to the beach, the Children’s Museum, and other fun places much more often?

Who do you know who cares deeply about those less fortunate, and would want to know about Miles? And will you talk to them about a last-lap donation? Or may I?

Thank you for all you’ve done to get us this far.

Posted July 23, 2011 by Michelle in Uncategorized

WE ONLY NEED $5K MORE   Leave a comment

Good people, we have some excellent news. WE ONLY NEED $5K MORE FOR SWEET MILES’ VAN.

And the other good news: after much research, we have located an ideal pre-owned, converted vehicle that’s in our $40K budget. It is a silver 2008 Toyota Sienna LE with a top-of-the-line Braun conversion and only 9K miles on it. We recently tried wheeling Miles into a similar appropriately converted Sienna, and couldn’t believe how much easier it was to maneuver him than in our current set-up. This van is on hold for us in Maryland, but can only be held for a few more weeks.

So we are reaching out to everyone we can now, to finish our work as soon as possible and secure this vehicle for Miles. With a big push in this most final stretch of our fundraising, we can still make our revised “Christmas in July” goal and take delivery by July 31st. Everyone who donates from now until we reach our goal will receive a special thanks of two tribute bookmarks for helping us get our beloved “MILES” license plate on this waiting Sienna.

Who do you know who would agree that everyone is entitled to a safe ride? Will you let them know Miles’ story this week and ask for their help?

Posted July 17, 2011 by Michelle in Uncategorized