Thursday, September 24, 2009

WE'VE LAUNCHED!

We have launched our new website! Please visit the following link to get the latest update on Steven and the Foundation's events:

www.STHStrokeFoundation.org

Thank you for continuing to follow us!

Kelly

PREPARING TO LAUNCH...(!!!)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here's some more of our golf supporters on the course!




And what a great picture of Lynda, Steven and Tanya taken today!

STEVEN HAS A SURGERY DATE!

We are thrilled to announce Steven's surgery date: on September 30th Steven will have his skull flap removed from his abdomen and reattached onto his head! Tanya's Mom, Lynda, has agreed to stay an extra week in order to manage Steven's after-care.

Mid-October, Lynda will return to Ogdensburg, NY and my Mom, Marilyn, will stay with Steven Mondays and Tuesdays, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays we will find a 12-hour aid to be with him. Tanya will work from home on Fridays.

Things are falling into place and Steven is continuing to make progress in all areas of his therapies. One of his new favorite things is doing puzzles! Please take a moment to send him a card, as he loves to get mail and hasn't received much in awhile.
Steven Hill
133 Blackstone Street
Bellingham, MA 02019

Tanya also encourages scheduled visitors on the weekends. Please email her to set something up: tanyahill1022@Gmail.com. Steven would LOVE to see some of his supporters!

IN THE PIPELINE

Our new website is on schedule to launch within a week or so! I will send an email announcement when it is official. I am so very excited for this much-needed new site. The Foundation has simply outgrown the capacity of this blog! I will still continue the blog, but you will need to visit the NEWS section of the new website: http://www.sthstrokefoundation.org/.

A big, huge, tremendous thank you goes out to the 3 very talented and giving individuals who have generously DONATED their time and efforts to build this site! Lori LoTurco, Matt Dyson and Kerri Augenstein. I am in awe of you all and am forever grateful for what you are doing for Steven and the Foundation! Thank you!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

SUCCESS!


The 1st Annual Golf Outing was a huge success!


Approximately 80 golfers joined us at Stow Acres yesterday for a fun day of golf, all in support of Steven. (More pictures to come shortly.) A huge thank you to everyone who came and helped make this event one to remember. About 95% of the golfers were my husband's contacts through work and I am overwhelmed with how generous they all were despite not even knowing me or Steven. Dan, you did an amazing job making this event a success! I am proud of you and feel lucky to have you as my husband.

Special thanks go to the fabulous raffle girls - I don't know what I would have done without them and they were a HUGE hit. They jumped right in stuffing welcome bags for the carts and selling raffles and contests. They now know what a mulligan is, how to drive a golf cart (sort of) and how to cut and light a cigar. Another special thank you goes to Ed LoTurco who has been tirelessly working with us since June and was by our side again yesterday. Ed hasn't missed a Foundation meeting and is always ready and willing to do whatever we need. I am forever grateful.

The Stow Acres staff was excellent, and commented on how organized and fun we were, and how we were able to add a few new twists to the average golf outing. They also loved our "uniforms"!

I truly hope more of you will join us next year. I had more fun than I anticipated and look forward to the 2nd Annual event!
YARD SALE, TAKE TWO

Hopefully my Mom, Dad and I will see some of you at the yard/bake sale tomorrow. Jessie and I will be busy baking later today and we welcome you to swing by 11 Sherman Street in Lexington tomorrow for a coffee and brownie, and to browse the yard sale items. I will also have the (almost sold out) new fleece jackets and long-sleeve tees with me! Remember, the proceeds of the bake sale go to the Foundation! Thank you for your support!

Yard/Bake Sale
Saturday, September 19th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11 Sherman Street
Lexington

Monday, September 14, 2009




I have received a few emails indicating the change of yard sale date due to the rain on Saturday prohibited some supporters from stopping by Sherman Street to purchase a fleece, share in a coffee, and enjoy a visit with Steven's family.


Although the day was successful thanks to a couple generous donors, neighbors and family purchasing apparel, and hungry Steven Supporters who paid $20.00 for a brownie (thank you!), we were hoping for a better turnout.


Therefore, we will having ANOTHER YARD AND BAKE SALE on Saturday!


Mark your calendars:


Saturday, September 19th

9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

11 Sherman Street


Swing by!


EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER



As Steven says something new or reaches a new milestone, we all fill with excitement and celebrate the amazing progress he is making. However, we can't expect Steven to always have a smile on his face while working so hard day-in and day-out on climbing up his tree. There are moments of sadness, anger and frustration, and these times are so difficult that it's often easy to get stuck on them.



Steven had a rough afternoon on Saturday, and we were all in tears after hearing from Tanya what the day had been like. Steven seemed frustrated and down on himself, and was having a hard time communicating what he wanted or was feeling. Tanya was strong, and made sure Steven did not see her crying, and helped him focus on the positive by reassuring him that he is getting better! Depression goes hand-in-hand with this type of stroke, so we are trying to do anything we can to keep Steven's spirits up and stay positive!

Friday, September 11, 2009

"SWING" BY!

SUNDAY, 9/13.

We hope to see you at our yard sale this weekend! It is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sherman Street in Lexington. In addition to all the good stuff we will be selling, there will also be yummy treats being sold by Jessie to benefit the Foundation.

Additionally, I will be selling monkey tees and hats, as well as items from our new winter gear collection, including the long sleeve, full-zip, fleece jacket you see Dan wearing in the picture below! ($45.00) I only ordered 24 of these in various sizes, so get yours while they last! Long sleeve monkey tees and sweatshirts with the logo embroidered on the chest are also available in limited quantities.

GOLF GOLF GOLF!

Did you see our HUGE, color ad in the Lexington Minuteman on Thursday 9/10 (page 10)? We still have a few spots open and we want to fill them! The weather forecast looks GREAT for next Thursday, 9/17, so send me an email and we'll save you a spot!

Steven continues to make improvements, and in doing so, continues to need your help to fund his rehabilitation. Tanya has been informed that once her mother leaves in TWO SHORT WEEKS, Steven will need 12-hour care daily, which will be approximately $1200-$1500 dollars WEEKLY, NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. We truly appreciate your continued support!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

"EVERYTHING SALE", NEXT SATURDAY, 9/12 (RAIN DATE: Sunday, 9/13)

Please mark your calendars for next Saturday, September 12th (rain date is Sunday, September 13th)! From 9-1 there will be a HUGE multi-family yard sale in my Mom's neighborhood! Head over to Sherman Street in Lexington for some great deals. Lots of kid stuff, housewares and clothing!

Jessie (shown above) will be holding a bake sale also. Inspired by another Amesbury 4-year-old, Riley (you may remember me posting about her generosity earlier in the summer), Jessie is excited to make signs and spend all day Friday baking yummy things "to help Uncle Steven." Jessie fully understands that all funds raised will be given to The Steven T. Hill Stroke Foundation, and is proud to be helping her Uncle.

Also being sold: monkey tees and hats! And new to our collection: items for Fall, including long-sleeve tees!

STEVEN'S SURGERY DATE...STILL UNKNOWN

The appointment at BWH went well, however the surgeon is erring on the side of caution and not willing to set a date for the reattachment of Steven's skull piece yet. The veins are still quite traumatized from the effects of the stroke, and the surgeon does not want to risk any further complications. We were a bit bummed, but of course just want what is best for Steven. Tanya and Steven went for a walk yesterday in this beautiful holiday weekend weather, and she said he enjoyed it quite a bit!

HERE A MONKEY, THERE A MONKEY

Here is our latest little monkey! This is a picture of Noah Avery from New York. Tanya's sister, Becky, sends her son, Liam, to Noah's Mom, Jamie, for childcare. Did you follow that?! Jamie, we are happy to have Noah join our clan of Steven's littlest monkey supporters! Thanks for climbing aboard!