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This fundraiser ended on 10/08/12

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The parents of Raelin Jewel are trying to raise money for an Augmentative and Alternative Communication device that will help Raelin.

Raelin is 3 years old. She was diagnosed at the age of 1 with a rare chromosome disorder known as a 2p15-16.1 microdeletion. Because of this, Raelin is significally delayed with speech, among other things. Raelin has overcome so many obstacles including open heart surgery. She is a strong child who seems to thrive on learning. Between doctors visits and therapy sessions, Raelin's life has been full of ups and downs. At 3 years old, she has yet to say a single word. She is a fighter and seems to make the most out of every situation. Our dream is to provide her with everything she needs to make her life as fulfilling as possible.

After much research, I have found a wealth of information on the benefits of devices and special needs applications that help with communication and speech. With the top Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices on the market today running anywhere between $7,000-$10,000, I knew we would need outside help to provide this for our daughter. During the research, I noticed that a lot of speech therapist and articles suggested getting an iPad and the learning/ communication apps they offer as an alternative to the more expensive devices. Raelin also had a therapist say that in her opinion, an iPad and what it offers would make a world of difference for Raelin. We are doing this fundraiser to try as best as we can to help Raelin find her voice.

We would like to stay in touch with all the donators so that we can keep you all updated with photos and videos of Raelin's progress. To show our gratitude for your help and how much this device will change Raelin's life.  If you would like to contact us directly, you can email us at

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