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This fundraiser ended on 11/30/12

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To help Parker's family defray medical, travel and housing costs during Niki's surgery in October throughout the remainder of her pregnancy.

Recently Niki and Jason Burgard learned their son Parker, who is due in February, is diagnosed with a severe case of spina bifida. The bones around his spinal cord did not form properly, leaving part of the cord exposed and potentially resulting in partial or complete paralysis.  In addition, he has hindbrain herniation. 

On October 31st, Niki underwent Fetal Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to limit the impact of spina bifida on Parker. The doctors are closely monitoring mom and baby in case she goes into preterm labor. Niki is on total bed rest in Philadelphia until Parker is born.  A room the Ronald McDonald house finally opened up so Niki was moved there and is no longer in a hotel.  Hallelujah! 

This short-term fundraising effort is to help Niki and Jason defray costs associated with the surgery (including recuperation and bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy) and the expenses associated with traveling and being away from home while in Philadelphia, PA.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, over $5000 was raised in less than two weeks!   Expenses add up quickly, however!  When we lessen the concern over finances, it definitely helps make room for each day be filled with more love, joy and hope.  

Thank you for helping to make this journey a special and positive one for this remarkable family.  Your well-wishes and your prayers are as welcome as your donations!

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