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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Make-A-Wish makes all the difference

This little girl had half of her brain removed...

One of the best things about being a blogger has been meeting people who make me stop and think. One of those people is Dwan, aka MommaDJane who I had the pleasure of meeting online and then IRL (in real life) at the Blissdom 09 conference in Nashville.

Dwan is one of those people that no matter what life throws at her (and she's had some serious curve balls) she keeps plugging along with a smile and always with a hand ready to help others.

Now Dwan needs some help as she and her family raise money for the Make-A-Wish 5k Walk THIS Saturday (3/28) !!!

MommaDJane and her daughter Gabby knows first hand what an blessing the Make-A-Wish foundation is for families with children who are facing life-threatening illness and operations.
As Dwan explained on her own blog,

"Gab had a stroke during utero and therefore was born with Cerebral Palsy. At nine months old she started having seizures. With the help of steroid shots, seizure medication and lots of therapy we had been able to keep her healthy and active until she was about 4. Her seizures at this point became monthly, weekly and then daily. Since she had brain damage caused by the stroke her epilepsy was only going to get worse. The Neurosurgeon informed me we had to do surgery to remove the abnormal brain tissue in order to stop the seizures, the convulsions were lasting 20 minutes each time and she could no longer even go to school. The surgeon believed if we did not remove the left side of the brain (which was the damaged part) then eventually her right side (good side) would suffer stress and start having seizures as well." read more

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, two weeks before her surgery, Gabby and her family were wisked away to a place where dreams really do come true.

Go here to see Gabby's own Make-A-Wish trip!

If you would like to help this amazing family raise money so that other children can enjoy their wish (no amount is too small) you can Go here to donate.


DJane said...

Thanks for the amazing post! I loved being given the opportunity to meet you. BlissDom '09 was a blessing in many ways. My blogging friends have truly been my network of support for the past year. I love all you ladies and consider you my best pals! We are so excited about Saturday's 5K and plan to take lots of photos that we will share.

Shaune said...

March 27, 2009 Allergan, Inc. hosted a star-studded event last
night in Hollywood to launch LATISSE™ Wishes, a charitable public awareness campaign
designed to help make wishes come true. Actress Brooke Shields and beauty expert to the stars
Anastasia Soare will lead the campaign to generate $1 million to support the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with lifethreatening
medical conditions.
The LATISSE™ Wishes campaign was borne out of the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to
make a wish come true and leverages the excitement surrounding the availability of Allergan’s
LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, the first and only science-based
prescription treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for hypotrichosis of
the eyelashes (inadequate or not enough lashes) that is used to grow eyelashes, making them
longer, fuller and darker.
“In the short time LATISSE™ has been available, the product has already made many women’s
wish lists,” said David E.I. Pyott, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan.
“While LATISSE™ may fulfill the wish for more prominent eyelashes, we also wanted to shine
the spotlight on the Make-A-Wish Foundation and provide support for the important work it does
in granting children’s wishes.”
The LATISSE™ Wishes campaign launched with an initial donation of $500,000 from Allergan to
the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Consumers are encouraged to help double this amount to $1
million by registering their support at to help grant the wishes of children in
their local communities. Between now and December 31, 2009, Allergan will donate $5 for each
new visitor who registers online, up to an additional $500,000.
“Every 40 minutes the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish to a child with a life-threatening
medical condition. Forty seconds is all it takes to visit to register your
support and help make wishes come true,” said David Williams, president and chief executive
officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We urge everyone to log on to the LATISSE™ Web site
and register their support to help grant the wishes of children in their communities.”
“I am delighted to be a part of LATISSE™ Wishes, to not only help educate women on an
eyelash growth product that is the first to be scientifically proven, but also to support a worthy
organization such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Shields. “I remember being a child and
blowing on an eyelash hoping my wish would come true, and as a mother I’ve passed this
tradition onto my children. Through LATISSE™ Wishes and in partnership with the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, we can keep the tradition alive and fulfill the hopes of so many more children
around the country.”
In addition to Shields and Soare, other stars including Debra Messing, Angie Harmon, Marisa
Tomei, Mandy Moore, Debi Mazar, Jewel, Jennifer Coolidge and Perrey Reeves attended last
night’s red-carpet kick-off event for the LATISSE™ Wishes campaign. Over the next several
months, campaign ambassadors Shields and Soare, who both use LATISSE™ solution, will
travel to cities across the country hosting informational events aimed to further support the
campaign and its goal of providing $1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Local events will
be held in New York, Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis and San Francisco.
“In my business I constantly work to help make women’s beauty wishes come true and now we
can help children’s wishes come true through the LATISSE™ Wishes campaign,” said Soare. “I
am excited to bring this worthy campaign to cities across the country.”
For more information about the LATISSE™ Wishes charitable awareness campaign, please visit
LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis
used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is
another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. The once-daily prescription
treatment is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile single-use-per-eye
disposable applicator. While individual results may vary, LATISSE™ users can expect to
experience results in as little as eight weeks, with significant results in 16 weeks. To maintain
effect, continued treatment with LATISSE™ solution is required, and if use of LATISSE™ is
discontinued, eyelashes will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment over a period
of several weeks to months (average eyelash hair cycle).
Important LATISSE™ Information
LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis
used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is
another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.
LATISSE™ Important Safety Information
Do not use LATISSE™ solution if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.
LATISSE™ solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the
eyelashes. If you have a history of abnormal intraocular pressure (IOP), you should only use
LATISSE™ under the close supervision of your physician.
LATISSE™ use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible. LATISSE™ use
may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be
If you are using other prescription products for lowering eye pressure or have a history of eye
pressure problems, use LATISSE™ under close physician supervision.
If you develop or experience any eye problems, eyelid reactions, or have eye surgery, consult
your physician immediately about continued use of LATISSE™.
The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution are an itching sensation in the
eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE™
solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to
where LATISSE™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness
of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
Full prescribing information is available at and
About Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical
conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when
a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer,
the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the
United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers,
the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than
174,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Latisse is available through prescription at Clear View Eye Care