Angel Wings For Ellie Potvin.
June 23, 2010

 

Perhaps they are not the stars
but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones
shines down to let us know
they are with us. 

~Unknown

 

10-31-01 Ellie Shoal Potvin 6-23-10

 

Read Ellie’s story here: http://bit.ly/cP2eKf

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

~Unknown

 

Ellie received her wings at 11:35 this morning, in her mother’s arms.

Our prayers and love go out to Amy, Tim, and twin sister Grace Potvin.

If I’m thankful for a few things, it’s that Ellie was blessed with a loving family and a mother like Amy. Let’s keep the family in our prayers as they navigate a world without their beloved Ellie.

People the world over will be wearing pink this Saturday, the day of Ellie’s funeral, to honor this brave little girl. Pink balloons will also be released at 1 pm EST.

If you’d like to join in, just put on your best pink and let your balloons fly up to Ellie.

More money, research, and modern treatment protocols are needed to treat and eradicate childhood cancer. No child should have to experience the ravages of this merciless foe. Sadly, Ellie is just one of the many courageous children gone too soon. 

Today, Heaven burned a bit brighter, and the world a bit dimmer.

Run and play, Ellie, in your new-found wholeness. Thank you for all you’ve taught us about kindness, faith, family and life. You’ll forever live on in our hearts.

 Condolences can be left in Ellie’s Guest Book: http://bit.ly/co3zkf  

 

 

 

Ellie’s Obituary: http://bit.ly/9GGo5B

On Ellie’s Wake: http://bit.ly/cblHPV

On Ellie’s Funeral: http://bit.ly/cYKrDp

 

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together. There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.

~Winnie the Pooh

A. A. Milne

Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!
April 2, 2010

Ellie (L) and twin Grace (R) around the time of Ellie's stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis.

I’m sending my gratitude to all the donors who made this gift of a Kindle, and stories during chemotherapy, possible for Ellie.

Ellie’s Kindle (along with a gift card good for 4 Kindle books, plus a physical book for both Ellie and Grace, pictured below) is scheduled to arrive Monday, April 5th. The greeting card I’m sending (signed with the donors’ names) follows in regular mail.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

It’s amazing what we can do when we band together to brighten a child’s life!

Twins, sisters, best friends!

 If you’d like to follow Amy Potvin’s updates on Ellie, or help defray the costs and expenses of the Potvin family as they kick cancer’s butt with a smile:  CaringBridge / Ellie Potvin / Journal

The post that started it all: A Kindle For Ellie Potvin: http://bit.ly/63X82u

As Amy Potvin says, blessings to all you love in this world!

Team Potvin, "In it to WIN it!"

 

Photographs by Amy Potvin.

Kindle 4 Ellie Update.
March 30, 2010

 

As I’m new to Paypal, I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a cinch.

However, I’ve been waiting on 1 Kindle donation verification since March 23rd. Paypal was supposed to clear the funds in 3-5 days, not counting weekends. As I write this, Paypal still hasn’t processed the funds, although the donor bank has. Today’s day 5 and the transaction is still pending.

Then, I did some research this afternoon, and to my dismay, learned that the Paypal virtual debit card was discontinued. This is important because, as I also found out, then I can’t use Paypal on Amazon.com — unless I apply for a Paypal debit card, which could take over 1 week. 

Enough is enough!

This afternoon, I transferred the donations into an account I especially created for charitable donations and the Kindle will be purchased that way. Of course, Paypal says it’s going to take — you guessed it — another 3-5 days.

However, that’ll be the end of the Paypal hold-up, finally. And, next time, I’ll know what to expect. 

On the upside, Amazon.com has Kindle gift-cards. Ellie received $40.00 in book donations, which means she can start off her Kindle with 4 books. The gift-card is emailable to her mom, Amy Potvin, so no hold-up there.

I know you’re probably as anxious as I am that Ellie get her Kindle. Now that you’re up to speed, I thank you for your patience. I’ll continue to update, but it looks like smooth sailing from here on in. The next big news will be that of the Kindle on its way to Ellie.

To accompany the Kindle, I’ll be mailing a card signed with the names of all the donors. (I’ll take a photograph and post it for everyone.) I know she loves pink and pigs, so I’ll find a card that fits. I’ll fill the envelope with confetti, to add some extra fun.

Again, thank you for your patience and for your kind-hearted donations. I know everyone has bills, children, expenses. Thank you for your generosity.

As always, Ellie and the Potvins could use your good thoughts and prayers.  

Emily Murdoch

UPDATE:  Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!

Kindle 4 Ellie Official Donation Page!
March 15, 2010

Ellie Potvin is receiving chemotherapy for relapsed Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer.

You can read about the Potvin family’s journey, here: 

 CaringBridge / Ellie Potvin / Journal

Thank you to the big-hearted and generous people donating to the Kindle 4 Ellie Drive!

As of March 16th, our goal has been reached! Check back for a wrap-up post when Ellie’s Kindle is on its way!

A Kindle reading device will give Ellie sterile access to a vast array of children’s books.

Stories possess magic strong enough to melt the walls of our surroundings and transport us to new worlds. So your gift for Ellie is not only powerful, but magical.

Thank you for helping to change a hospital room into a magical place through stories.

Thank you for making the world a brighter place through your caring and generosity. 

People can donate for Ellie’s Kindle at Paypal(dot)com to the email address: Kindle4Ellie(at)aol(dot)com.

DONORS:

T.T.         3.99

E.M.     25.00

H.T      25.00

S.P.         2.00

M.B.    10.00 GBP  (14.65 U.S. dollars)

C.W.    10.00

S.M.       5.00

E.C.        1.oo

E.T.        5.94

M.A.     10.00

L.N.        5.00  

K.R.      The remainder needed! Ellie will be getting her Kindle!

E.M.     covering shipping and handling.

TOTAL: as of the evening of 3/16/10    —     $259.00!!

GOAL: REACHED! $259.oo plus s&h!

At the end of the fundraiser, I’ll also donate $30.00 more for books (3 children’s books) to start off the Kindle.

The original blog post that started it all?

A Kindle For Ellie Potvin: http://bit.ly/63X82u  

As always, the Potvin family could use your thoughts and prayers. They appreciate every one.

Questions? Please email me: EMurdoch(at)wildblue(dot)net

 UPDATE:  Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!

Photographs by Amy Potvin.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead