Friday, June 24, 2011

Meet Ilya - 555 Warrior Introduction! (Re-Post)

RE-POST: One week left for the Amazon Kindle Giveaway!

I am very excited to present to you Ilya's 5/5/5 Warrior Project:

As you heard, I am precious Ilya's 5/5/5 Warrior and I could not be more honored!



Ilya's 5th birthday is in June. He has gray eyes and red hair (like all my boys do/did!). He has a calm personality and his medical needs are not known to me.

He is adorable AND HE NEEDS US! I mean NEEDS! His life depends on it. He needs two miracles: a family to adopt him and the money to support that adoption so a family is not held back by the expense ($33,000).



Where to begin? I am going to assume this is new to each and every one of you...

Children in Eastern Europe are generally not welcomed into their society when they have disorders (and even some diseases, such as HIV) like Down syndrome. In other words, children like my Calvin are deemed worthless!

Those who are given the chance at life are commonly sent to orphanages. Some are taken from their parents. Once in an orphanage they are not rocked, hugged, carried around, held during feedings, played with, or given the therapy they need. They learn rather quickly that crying will not lead to help.



I am tearing up just typing this...



You must know that every child deserves love and affection! Ilya has not been given that! He will be 5 in June.

Life in an orphanage is one thing. Life in a mental institution is another.

Children transfer from orphanages to mental institutions around the age of 5. Treatment in those places is even less desirable than orphanages; tied to beds (yes, tied to beds so they cannot move - muscles become atrophied and coping mechanisms such as head banging kick in), drugged, etc. Do you think they are bathed? Do you think they are read to? Talked to? Sung to? They are not.

Ilya will be abandoned to a life of grief. He will die a slow and agonizing death. A life without: love, family, experiences, nurturing. He will die alone.



How can we let that happen?



As I said, he needs two blessings. He needs a family. Could it be yours? If not, he desperately needs funding, I pray you will step forth.



Finances should not be a factor for the family whose heart desires Ilya.



So, I am here to help! YOU are here to help!



I am hosting a blog giveaway for an Amazon Kindle; shown by clicking here.

I will give that to one of you! And, it will be shipped directly to you from Amazon.



Here is how to enter in the give-away*:

Leave me a comment (click on "comment" in the post's footer) on this post if you:
  1. Donate towards Ilya's adoption by clicking on the "Donate" button on the right-hand side of my blog OR the 5/5/5 Warrior button that shows Ilya's adorable picture.
  2. Blog about this give-away (leave your link in your comment).
  3. Spread the word about this give-away and/or the walk/run event: post this on Facebook, Tweet or email about it (in your comment, tell me how you spread the word)
  4. Follow my blog. If you're new, sign up to follow. If you already follow you can still leave me a comment!
  5. Pre-Register for the Deer Park 5K walk/run or 5 Mile run (tell me in the comment that you are registered).
*You can do all 5, select some, or complete 1 of the 5 to enter in this give-away. You do not need to donate to enter.
*You must enter a comment on this blog post to be entered in the give-away!
*Leave separate comments for each thing you do. You can be entered up to 5 times!


This give-away will close on July 2nd (day of the Deer Park 5K/5Mile event) at 6pm central time and the winner of the Kindle will be chosen by Random.org. I will announce the winner by the following morning.


Here is how to join us for the 5K/5Mile event:
  1. Print the registration form off Raceberry Jam
  2. Please email me with any concerns regarding the form at ilisaa(at)frontiernet(dot)net
Photobucket

Questions/comments about either the giveaway or run/walk are welcome. They will be scanned due to this being the post for the giveaway.

Thank you!

***One of the door prizes for the race is a pair of Minnesota Twins Tickets (generously donated by St. Croix Press) - must be present to win door prizes!

77 comments:

  1. Great idea on the 5k! I posted to fb, and will def be donating to Ilya's fund!

    ReplyDelete
  2. WOW!! You did a great job with the video. I watched threw my tears! Sure wish I had the whole $33.000 to give and save Ilya.

    ReplyDelete
  3. PS - I did make a donation to help save Ilya!

    ReplyDelete
  4. you have done a wonderful job setting this up, organizing and planning this. It is very well thought out. great way to make someone's life unforgettable.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi! I shared your link via facebook :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Karen Zemke donated: daycare payment

    ReplyDelete
  7. Brianna Zemke donate: daycare payment

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your video is wonderful and requires a box of kleenex for viewing; I wish I had more to give ... what I did seems so small.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful, Ilisa!! I posted this on my FB page. :)
    Wendi Halleen

    ReplyDelete
  10. I did a post on my blog

    http://ebeaubien.blogspot.com/2011/05/help-needed.html

    and donated as well. You are doing an amazing thing. I wish I could run in it with you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. My mother-in-law donated too (Jean Beaubien). :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I shared the link for the 5K Event on Facebook!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I posted above about donating ... I forgot to post that I follow (and love) your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Scott Sekelsky: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  15. Karen Zemke: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  16. Amy Link: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  17. Stacy Johansen pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  18. Brittanee Zemke: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  19. Jenna Schone: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  20. Josh Monnot: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nancy Gleason: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  22. Ashley Emerson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  23. Jen Olander: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  24. Katie Jones: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  25. Daryl Jones: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  26. Kathryn Grinnell: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  27. Linda Stalhiem: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sara Swenson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  29. Kris Thomas: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  30. Laura Carroll: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  31. Jesse Carroll: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  32. Mike Swenson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  33. Kelly Swenson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  34. Kathy Jensen: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  35. Allan Fehlen: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  36. Nicolas Fehlen: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  37. Cheryl Meier: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  38. Melissa Meier: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  39. Mike Tansey: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  40. Chrissy Sykora: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  41. Chrissy Sykora: helped make video

    ReplyDelete
  42. Gabby Lubich: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  43. Kris Lubich: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  44. Mark Hein: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  45. Anne Frank: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  46. Janel Krueger: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  47. Michelle Carlson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  48. Carrie Borgstrom: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  49. Kristen Rolling: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  50. Joe Hofmeister: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  51. Mike Hofmeister: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  52. Cori Hofmeister: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  53. Mary Hofmeister: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  54. Chaza Hofmeister: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  55. Pat Donahue: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  56. Libby Hose: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  57. Pete Thompson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  58. Janice Thompson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  59. Wanita Olson: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  60. Tom Hemauer: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  61. Patricia Shilts: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  62. Jeff Johnston: pre-registered for 5K

    ReplyDelete
  63. Joe Kelzer: pre-registered for 5mile

    ReplyDelete
  64. Holly Connors: pre-registered for 5mile

    ReplyDelete
  65. Heather Larson: pre-registered for 5mile

    ReplyDelete
  66. Dan Keilen: pre-registered for 5mile

    ReplyDelete
  67. Tammy Briseno: pre-registered for 5mile

    ReplyDelete