Will you help Jack? Those that do so in the first week stand a chance to win an exquisite R14 000, Lucinda Mudge vase being exhibited in the Knysna Fine Art Gallery. There are more prizes too. All you have to do is buy a R100 raffle ticket and guess how long it will take Sarah Larter, Jack’s mom, to finish the Knysna Marathon on July 11 2015. Those who read this too late are still welcome to contribute towards Jack’s medical expenses. Read on…
Jack’s mother says:
“I found Jack outside our bathroom door having a seizure. 5 minutes earlier he had gotten up, used the loo, called me for help and then we had started our ‘get ready for school’ routine just like normal. That was the last ‘normal’ day we have had since and our last conversation with him. He was a few weeks shy of 4.
We celebrated his birthday in ICU but sadly he wasn’t conscious for it.
What had happened? Viral encephalitis – when a virus does what it shouldn’t and gets into the brain.
Effects range from headaches, seizures, paralysis, coma and in many cases death. The extra tricky bit is you can’t diagnose it. It’s not about which virus it is (there are a gazillion), it’s about where it gets to – the brain. The bit that controls everything. The diagnosis is one of assumption (talk to family and get a history of last few weeks) and elimination (test for everything; then test for everything again – this takes about 3 weeks).
And while that’s happening – manage the symptoms with many drugs, support the body (central lines, tracheotomy, blood transfusion, continuous monitoring) and wait to see who is stronger. Our darling, perfect, loving, cheeky boy or an unnamed virus that you can’t even see.
Jack won the battle, but the war is far from over. And more than three years down the line we are redefining what that war looks like and what winning really is…”
Help Jack by entering the lucky draw:
1. Guess Sarah’s Knysna Marathon time by completing the form (you can enter multiple times).
2. Pay your R100 (or whatever amount you’d like to donate) per entry (bank details supplied in entry confirmation pop-up box)
3. Cheer Sarah on during the 42.2km race on 11 July 2014 if you’re in Knysna.
4. Feel flippin good about yourself.
The person (or people) whose guesstimated the marathon time is CLOSEST to her actual finishing time, will win some cool prizes. 3… 2… 1… And… Go!
Or you can make a straight donation of any amount at any time into:
Mr JH Larter
Savings Account # 1329305211
Lucinda Mudge is a a friend of the Larter family and a talented Plettenberg Bay artist. You can view her exquisite creations at the Knysna Fine Art Gallery, visit her website or join her Facebook page.
This blog started with Jack’s mom sharing her horror when he first fell sick. She had much more to say. The story, which is both scary and heart-warming, can be read in its entirety at Tums2TotsOnline. You can also join the Facebook page, Jogging for Jack.