December 30, 2018

Many of my long-time readers remember when I was making matching sweaters for my granddaughter, Annie, and her dolls--now she is 18! Let me tell you a little about her. She is very pretty as you can see, also very outgoing and friendly. She is also very smart and is at the top of her class, which is nothing short of a miracle considering how much schooling she has had to miss. Several years ago, after a frightening, stressful, and painful year for both Annie and her parents, Annie was diagnosed with Spastic Paraplegia. This disorder is characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity in the legs. It is painful and tiring to live with. The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation is the only organization doing research for Annie's disorder. There is progress in a cure and there are projects earmarked for research, but it takes money. Donations to The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor through January 15. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) is progressive; Annie will continue to worsen over time. The more research they can do now, the better chance we have of finding something that can stop her progression. I don't often share personal matters on Knitionary, but this is important to me and to my family and I know at this time of year many of you are considering end-of-year charitable donations. Please consider donating to the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation today. This foundation is a fully qualified 501C3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Today Annie is wearing my most recent knitted gift. It was a big HIT! She loves it and that makes me so very happy. Plus she looks darling in it. It was a fun knit and now I feel like I want to make one for me too!

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  1. You might add at the end of your story that this foundation is a fully qualified 501C3
    not for profit organizaiton - sometimes that matters to people when choosing to make a donation

    1. Thank you so much! I just edited my post to include that important information.

  2. Annie is so beautiful and models the sweater so well. I will make a donation in her honor and pray for a break through in the research.


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