Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Story of Giving from Joanne Distaso

Almost everyday...I thank God for our home. For one...that we have one in this day and age and that we are fortunate enough to live in such a wonderful community like la verne. the home we live in is very special to us because it was the home i grew up in. When my folks told us they were ready to sell six years ago...it was sad for us. We had just been through one of the roughest patches of our lives (hopefully!) our baby girl, Avalon, had been born with a rare heart defect and spent the first two months of her life..fighting for her life. She was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and underwent emergency open heart surgery at the age of 8 weeks old. she remained on life support for two months post surgery with possibility of needing a heart transplant. we finally were able to bring her home with us in January of 2004. at the time we were living in Chino HIlls in a very small home...with just enough room for Avalon and us. We couldn't stand the thought of the la Verne home being sold (my folks home). We called tim...he did his magic. We moved into my childhood home in may of 2004. Avalon had just started crawling.

I look back and wonder how we were able to do it. we put our trust in Tim and his team and knew if it was meant to be for us...it would be. I cannot express how thankful I am to be in this home...to have the land we have...to live in the city we live in and most importantly...to have my now six year old daughter Avalon thriving and living life to the fullest. We are blessed, we are fortunate, we are lucky, lucky people! Sometimes i really need to pinch myself to believe it all is real.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is an amazing, amazing place and we again are fortunate to live where we live and be able to utilize their care. Every year on Avalon's anniversary of her heart surgery, we visit the CTICU where Avalon lived for 2 months. We bring toys, blankets, hair bows, food, donations...whatever we can to give to the other children and their families and the hospital. We give blood and I also offer my photography and design services for their fundraising events. We will never be able to express how grateful we are to that hospital and their wonderful staff. It's impossible!

Ok...I think I may be reaching the word limit...we are thankful...grateful and blessed! Thank you to Tim (and his staff) for being the wonderful, honest and awesome people that they are and for getting us into this home! home is where the heart is and Thank you God...WE have four very healthy ones under the roof!

with warmest regards,greg, joanne, avalon (6) and Max (3 1/2) distaso

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