Hello. My name is Abby. I'm eight years old and I was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when I turned two. My parents work hard to help me make sense of the world around me and this blog is meant to help others understand my world and my journey with Rett Syndrome.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A donation of epic proportions!

Since Abby's diagnosis, our family and friends have participated in an annual strollathon to raise money for  the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.  We've used social media to gain support and raise money for our cause.  Wes works as a multimedia artist for UPS, and also does freelance work making animations and has written a couple of books to instruct others how to use some of the software that he uses.  Most of the contacts that he has in his profession are not local, often they are all over the country, people he has never met.  He decided that even though he usually posts only information about his profession on these forums, he did share a little about Abby and the strollathon a couple of years ago.  I am so glad he did.  This 3D community has been very generous, raising thousands of dollars towards our team each year.  Artists gave and companies encouraged their employees to help our cause.  One company in particular, Luxology, has been a huge supported of Team Abby.  We are humbled by their generosity.    

Last month, Wes read on a forum that Luxology was running a special sale.  They were discounting one of their software programs, and also donating half of the proceeds to IRSF!  We couldn't believe it.  It was a great sale, making the software half off.  Wes even bought it himself.  I later got an email from IRSF stating that they received a check for $60,000.00!!!  That amount will be more than enough to fund a research grant for an entire year.  That could make such a difference.  Thank you Luxology!   

Check out their website to learn a little about what they do at luxology.com