Don’t come to see us.
Too White Crew is performing at Prohibition Junction’s Summer Concert Series in Oswego this summer. But that’s not why we want you to come to the show. Come to this Saturday, July 23rd show because a portion of the proceeds goes to help two local families that Prohibition Junction has “adopted” in order to help them alleviate some of the financial burden the families are facing. Here are their stories:
“Bowden the Brave”
Seven-month-old Bowden was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), where cells of the immune system, principally T cells and NK cells, don’t work properly to destroy infected or damaged cells as they should. Because of this, the immune system becomes over-stimulated and begins to damage the patient’s own tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, the liver and the brain. So little and so brave, Bowden has already been through so much in his short life but always has a smile on his face. He received chemotherapy and was diagnosed with AML Luekemia on 6/13 while preparing for a stem cell transplant. Bowden is currently fighting for his life in the PICU @ Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. For those asking what can be done to help the Simmons family during this extremely difficult time they ask for prayers and blood donations. Bowden’s parents, Adam and Christine, have asked everyone to consider being on the national bone marrow registry! You can find it here. #bethematch
7/19/16 Here are two links with further updates on Bowden:
“A Home for Nicki and Ty”
Shortly after giving birth to son Ty, Nicki started experiencing pain that no doctor could diagnose. After four and a half years they discovered a tumor on her spine. Surgery was deemed too dangerous and it was decided Nicki would undergo radiation treatments. Although the radiation was successful in eradicating that tumor Nicki started to lose sensation and strength in her legs. In January of 2013, Nicki was learning to live as a paraplegic at the age of 27 with an 8 year-old son. Her disability has forced her to move out of her beloved duplex, and she needs to find an accessible home that can be modified for her wheelchair. It’s so important that Nicki keep Ty in Oswego so that he can continue to attend Traughber Junior High. Nicki credits Traughber for getting Ty through some really tough times when Nicki was struggling to deal with their new normal. In her own words:
“I’m taking the path less followed. I don’t want to be like everyone else. I am doing things today that others aren’t willing to do so that I can build the future of my dreams. I am creating a life by design. I am faced with struggles everyday just like everyone else. I am willing to push past the pain and do what it takes to live a healthy, happy life. We all have things happen to us that are out of our control, but its what we choose to do with these circumstances that separate the ELITE from the ordinary. God did not create me to be ordinary and therefore I will rise to my highest potential. It doesn’t matter how many times the devil tries to knock me down, because he won’t succeed. He can keep wasting his time on me. I’m not easily intimidated.”
Feel free to help spread the word (here’s the Facebook event for that night) and their inspiring stories and we look forward to seeing you on July 23rd!