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Services for Madeline will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 PM at Old North Church, Forest Lawn, in Hollywood Hills. Please wear purple in honor of Madeline.
Mike & Heather Spohr
11870 Santa Monica Blvd. #106-514
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
PayPal donations are currently being accepted by Heather’s dear friend Meghan to help alleviate the cost of services. Please send money to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds will be sent directly to Mike and Heather to do with as they see fit.
Walks are being organized in my locations across the US in honor of Maddie. Please visit Sarcastic Mom to see if there is a walk on your area.
Sweet, innocent 17-month Madeline Alice passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday April 7, 2009 and while her parents are in the midst of their own personal nightmare, we – their community members and friends, have begun to rally together to offer support to this young family. Donations to Madeline’s March of Dimes page have grown exponentially over the past 24 hours while walking groups in Maddie’s honor have begun to sprout up all over the country.
Support for The Spohrs has been completely overwhelming and completely humbling leaving me awestruck of just how compassionate and loving people still really are. Of all the drama that’s plagued twitter and blogs over the past while, it’s a beautiful thing to see everyone come together in support of someone many have not met – so much so that The Spohrs hosting came crashing down due to the weight of your love. After a few shout outs for help, we were able to move Heather’s blog to a dedicated server offered up by a stranger wonderful, thoughtful couple – @PrincessJenn and her partner worked tirelessly for hours to get Heather’s site moved to their server where the traffic was still so heavy it’s been bogging them down as well. I know Mike and Heather can feel our love, and though it really won’t change anything or bring their beloved Maddie back, just knowing there are so many of us pulling is hopefully uplifting enough to get them through the difficult days to come.
Last week, Heather and I were talking about creating a banner for her March for Maddie page at March for Babies site. Before this tragedy, it was a small project meant to headline a space Heather holds very dear to her heart. In light of Tuesday’s events it’s taken on a new life as a place for everything Maddie. To be honest, I hadn’t thought the entire thing through before I got started but the ultimate goal of the site will be to collect every post, montage, podcast, picture, song – whatever – so that Mike and Heather will have it all at their fingertips. People come, people go. Blogs changes, links are broken and it would really be a shame for all these beautiful contributions to be lost (over 275 posts written in dedication to Maddie already! OMG people!), floating around in the Interwebs. You’ve worked tirelessly and with a little help we can make this site showcase your efforts for Mike and Heather to reflect on for years to come.
For the time being it may be a little sparse, with links sending you elsewhere but eventually everything will be here for Heather and Mike. Whatever they decide to do with this site will be entirely up to them. I am essentially planning to create it, develop it and hand over the keys.
But for now, we can use this space for our uplifting thoughts and notes for their family. Share of grief over their loss and share stories to make them laugh.
Amazing video created by newrose
I bawled like a baby watching. Just so you know.
All the Best,