The second bug hug was sent out last week and was delivered to a post transplant patient who has been hospitalized for a couple months now fighting chronic rejection. Meet Susanne, she was born with Cystic Fibrosis and received a double lung transplant just 2 years ago. She has had many treatments including a form of Chemo to try to stop the rejection. She is a real fighter & a very deserving recipient of a "BUG HUG". She was so surprised and the tablet PC will help keep her connected to her family and friends who are far away. She has a lot of people who love her and are praying for her to recover and get well soon. Susanne has a caring bridge page if you would like to follow her story & donate to help her with her continued medical expenses.
Are you wondering what was in her BUG HUG bag? Well wonder no longer :) All the fabulous items, gift cards and handmade items were possible through generous donations through my Bug Hug paypal acct, mailed and delivered.
Kindle Fire HD & headphones
Slippers & soft socks
Victoria Secret lotion & body spray
Handmade purple beanie
Survival bracelet & Donate Life Decal
Gift Cards: Starbucks, Panera Bread, Amazon.com, $50 Visa Card
"Get Well" Cards to Susanne from some of the Donors
*I also include a "pay it forward" card from Reconditioning Humanity
Special Thanks to everyone who donated to make this bag possible!
Visit my website and click on the "Touched by a HERO" link and you can read Susanne's comment along with a full list of everyone who donated. You can also find out how YOU can donate and be a part of the 3rd BUG HUG bag which is in the process of being put together. Every donation helps and 100% goes into each bag.
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Thank You for taking the time to read my blog. I am hoping that through this blog and my experiences that I can bring hope, faith and strength to all that may be living with Cystic Fibrosis, CF with Cepacia and Lung Transplant recipients. Information and blog entrees start Nov. 07. My Double Lung Transplant was on Dec. 10th 2007. Please feel free to read about my experience and ask me any questions! My email address is email@example.com
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