Feb 10, 2012

Team Losh Updates - A Letter from Mom.

Dear Family and Friends,
I wanted to write to you all tonight to tell you how things are going for Aloshua and the Team Losh fundraiser. To be honest, when we started this fundraiser in November I thought it was a long shot. I had no clue that the community (both online and off) would be so supportive of our efforts. Throughout these last few months I have had the pleasure to meet and interact with many new faces, and catch up with some of old. I never thought that the fundraiser would actually make things happen, but boy have things happened!

- With the help of Stacey and the staff at Thrills on Wheels we were able to host our first event on January 22nd. Skate for Losh rasied a little over $1,000.
- The second event, hosted by the Homeschool 4H and Larry's Pizza on February 2nd raised $503!
- Our third event, which is a Benefit Dinner and Concert, is set to take place on the 18th of this month and we hope to report back with equally pleasing numbers. (If you are in the area we encourage you to come out, meet Aloshua, and enjoy some good food and entertainment, all while helping a little boy in need.) 
Needless to say, I am in awe of everything that has been done in support of our family. Your kind, caring words mean so much to us and we want each and every one of you to know that without you, none of this would be possible. I cannot express my gratitude to you all. We want to thank each and every one of you for your time spent helping our cause, for the donations, and most of all, for the prayers offered on behalf of Aloshua.

On top of the events, Aloshua's GiveForward page has raised $575, and many private donations have been received, bringing the grand total raised to a little over $3,000. While that is an outstanding amount and we thank all of those who have made this possible, we are still far from our goal. Here is where the nerves set in. Can we reach our goal?

When starting the fundraiser we had 3 specific goals in mind. These were to fund Aloshua's Tobramycin, purchase or repair Aloshua's IPV machine, and repair the family vehicle that is used to transport him to the hospital for his numerous monthly appointments and to his 6 weekly therapy sessions. We have not met any of these goals yet, but we are close. Through the fundraiser, we have met individuals and organizations who have helped and are helping find discounts and programs that will aid in the cost of these items. That means, if all works out, we will not have to raise the entire $18,000. That is great news, but much still remains left to be done. We are continuing to ask for your support and help in spreading the cause.

 If you are unable to attend a local event but still wish to help there are many ways you can donate.  
  •  You can donate through Aloshua's Give Forward page until February 15th.
  • Donations can be sent through paypal to teamlosh@gmail.com or by clicking on the Donate button to the right
  • A Special Account has been set up in Courtney Schulist's name at First Community Bank in Searcy and Bald Knob, Arkansas
  • Donations can also be mailed to Team Losh, PO BOX 982, Bald Knob AR, 72010 
  • Team Losh items can be purchased through the Team Losh Zazzle store. A small percentage of every item sold goes to the fundraiser.
  •  If you need additional information on how to donate feel free to call us at 501-247-6711

Thank you again to everyone who has been a part of Team Losh and for all of those who have helped us take these first steps toward reaching our goal. We hope that you will check back soon to find out the latest information and how you can continue to help Losh get what he needs.
Courtney Schulist (Aloshua's Mom)

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