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by Summerly Rowlands

Another special way to help raise awareness is to make a donation – either to a specific hospital, a specific cause, and/or in honor of a specific person.

Izzy was hospitalized inpatient at Akron Children’s Hospital from July 13th through July 30th, 2021. This is where she was diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. On January 10, 2022, we received a letter in the mail. This letter informed us that a donation was made to Akron Children’s in honor of our girl. The donation came from her great aunt and uncle who stated that Izzy is a warrior & an inspiration. This was not only tremendously touching to us, but it’s a huge support for the hospital and other kiddos.

This gave us the idea to make paying it forward part of our mission. We have chosen to ask for donations specifically made out to the genetics division of Akron Children’s Hospital, as genetics is the least profitable aspect of any hospital, but one of the most important aspects of our Izzy Snow. Without our geneticist through AKC, who knows where we might be today.

Since then, we have raised:
$560 – 22q bracelet fundraiser;
$229 – Canal Life Market;
Various donations in honor of Izzy for her 1st birthday;
$3,863 – 1st annual 2.2 for 22q awareness walk

Every penny counts when it comes to helping. As the letter we received states, all donations “help to ensure that every child who comes to [Akron Children’s] has access to vital medical equipment, parents have access to programs that bring extra comfort during difficult times, and everyone benefits from the ongoing innovative research that helps identify new ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses”.

If you are able, please consider clicking the link below to donate. Under “online giving”, you can donate a monetary gift designated to the Genetics Center (attn: Dr. Carrie Costin) and then honor it in the name of Izzy Reid. The thoughtfulness is overwhelming & the idea that this could help pay it forward for another little one like ours means the world.

Make your donation today! 💜