Two Kisses for Maddy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tomorrow is the big day!

April 14th, 2011

The official release date of Two Kisses for Maddy - a much anticipated book chronicling the story of my friend (and yours) Matt Logelin & the events surrounding the birth of his daughter Maddy.

Thanks to a pre-order via (ok, and maybe a quick stop in my local Barnes & Noble because I was maybe a little impatient!!) I was able to get my hands on a copy of this book, and read it cover to cover already...

Have you?

I highly recommend this book - If you've ever read Matt's blog - you know how powerful his writing can be. 

Even knowing the story beforehand, reading Matt's blog regularly, and having the privilege of calling him Friend in real life, reading this book still touched my heart in ways I cannot explain.  I honestly didn't expect the tears to flow, but then again, how do you stop them?  When Madeline was born, I had a one year old and a two year old at home...It's not hard to imagine yourself in this situation - even as unthinkable as the story is.  As a wife and mother, I imagine Liz, so excited about the impending birth of her baby.  I know what it's like to see your baby whisked off to the NICU while you sit in your hospital room waiting, wondering...

Liz never even had the chance to hold her baby.

Un. Thinkable.

Yet, this story is non-fiction.  It's as real as the day is long.

From this terrible tragedy, hope has sprung...Hope for young widows and widowers out there, by way of the Liz Logelin Foundation, created in memory of Liz.  The Liz Logelin Foundation was established to assist widows and widowers with young families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life-partner, and parent.  The Foundation’s goal is to financially assist these families as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, and struggle to move forward.  Gay, straight, single or married...the foundation does not discriminate...If you lose a life partner and have dependent children, you are welcome to apply for assistance. 

That's where you come in - maybe you don't need assistance...but maybe you don't need that $7 worth of lattes either?

Maybe instead of going out to lunch one day this could redirect those funds elsewhere??

Every. Dollar. Counts.

I'm serious.

If 100 of us gave $7 this week - that adds up to a quick $700 that could benefit the foundation...

That means that a family might be able to keep their cable just a little bit longer, heat/cool their home, put food on their table...or maybe, if they are so inclined, they just might be able to do something special in hopes of feeling normal, if even for just a day or two.
Some families request assistance in purchasing a new computer to aide with homework or job searches, some need help paying medical bills or funeral expenses, some need help with their mortgage or car payment...How the recipients use the money is up to strings attached.

Every situation is different.

Every situation sucks.

Have you counted your blessings today?

Donating is easy...and tax deductible!
Think about it won't you?
To date, over 70 families have been awarded financial assistance...your donation will help the foundation help 70 more.

Matt's doing book signings all over Timbuktu! Well, maybe not Timbuktu YET, but he is covering quite a bit of the country!

Check it out to see if there's an event in your city!

PS - Mark your calendars now for September 16 & 17th, 2011 - The annual Gala/5k events have been scheduled for the Twin Cities and I'd LOVE to see you there.  Remember how GREAT last year was? 

&...We've started collecting donations for our silent/live auctions for the September 2011 events so if you have any goods/services that you would like to donate, please let me know!!


Robin said...

I pre-ordered from B&N too and am about 2/3 through 2K4M - so hard to put down! Can't recommend it enough - Matt's writing is so honest -- though it is odd to see him write in paragraphs after following the blog for so long. :) Matt & Liz's wedding day was one week after mine and as you say - Un. Thinkable. I've followed his and Maddy's story ever since he reached out to Cribsheet. You, Matt and all of LLF are doing a wonderful service!

Jen H-Running Free said...

I pre-ordered and had mine read last week too! I agree that even though I have followed his blog and knew the story - some of it was still so raw and I found myself crying all over again. I think hearing some of the back story that he didn't necessariy go in to on the blog was the part I really liked. For example, how he and the Goodmans reacted to one another, etc. - I had often wondered about that. I think your work with the LLF is awesome Darcie. I donate each month already but I would love to help out in any way I can in Sept if you need anything - volunteers or what not. Keep in touch! Jen

Post a Comment