1st Birthday Celebration for John Paul Can Change His Life and Yours!
Join the “Birthday Blitz” on March 11th
Prince William, Va. (March 3, 2014) - Azalea Charities Organization has been operating in the Northern Virginia area serving the local charities, as well as Aid for Wounded Warriors, for over 15 years. One of their current projects is, The John Paul Storey Project, a fundraising campaign to build a home addition for the Storey family of Culpeper, Virginia to help them with the long-term care of their special needs child. John Paul Storey was born with a rare condition called thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome (Thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome affects fewer than one of every 100,000 newborns, according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center at the National Institutes of Health) and requires a lifetime of special care. They are halfway to raising the money they need.
John Paul is the fifth son born to Jill and Patrick Storey of Culpeper, VA. As a child with TAR he has abnormally short arms and is missing his radius and ulna bones. His right leg is fixed with no joint separation at the knee. He is an adorable baby born into a loving family who is prepared to give him the care he needs to live a happy life. The Storeys found out their child had TAR before he was born. Jill and her husband, both 34, decided emphatically against terminating the pregnancy and consider themselves blessed with a son whose unique individuality will become an integral part of their family lifestyle. Jill and Patrick didn’t really know how the other children would be with their new brother but he has been fully accepted by his four brothers as just another member of the family. Quoted from the jconline.com article on March 2, 2014, “The children have moved us to be more compassionate and loving,” Patrick said. “It’s pretty amazing to see the way they have reacted with such pure love, we don’t have or struggle to have." The Storeys are so grateful for their family and the help of others.
The Carolla family, friends and neighbors approached Azalea Charities (www.azaleacharities.org), to raise money for the family’s future needs. The John Paul Storey Project was conceived to construct a 1400 square foot addition onto the Storey family home in Culpeper, Virginia. The concept includes added living space with a bedroom designed for John Paul’s special needs, widening of space to allow wheelchair access, space for a physical therapist and outdoor ramps for front and back access. The goal is $150,000 and as of February 19 they have raised $76,000. John Paul will turn one on March 11, 2014 and Azalea Charities is having a "Birthday Blitz” challenge! They want to give John Paul the best present ever; to see how much can our community raise in a 24 hour period for his “Birthday Blitz?” Participate in this exciting and life changing challenge! Go to Azalea Charities Facebook page or to www.azaleacharities.org to send your birthday wishes!
Azalea Charities is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Prince William County, Virginia. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time, talent and money. Azalea Charities raises funds for its community charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors through private, corporate donations and sponsorship of Team Azalea Charities in the Marine Corps Marathon Beyond minimal expenses, all the funds they raise go to their charitable core causes. For more information about Azalea Charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors, please visit www.azaleacharities.org
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Chairman, Azalea Charities, Inc.