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This is a personal moment. I would like to post this gif made by our uncle Jimmy. He worked with an actual picture of Vina and her best friend and cousin, Ben.
Please take a moment to read these letters from a best friend of Vina’s and her mother. We didn’t have a contact phone number so we google mapped the address and surprised them. We were graciously welcomed by them with tears and heart felt concern. We so touched and inspired by their story and there efforts. Thank you to everyone that has taken a moment out of their day to make a difference in Vina’s memory. To smile a bit more easily, to be just a bit more patient with someone, and to try to educate someone on how to protect their loved which in the end will protect our loved ones.
The following post will contain the letters.
The feelings of loss but at the same time of hope are not often thought to be something to be felt simultaneously. But because we work hard to make a difference for our daughter, these are emotions that are possible.
Words from me for my daughter written on the Freewebs sister site.
A light in the life of a parent is bright and warm when shining on the face. That same light can burn the skin, it can blister and become raw to the slightest touch. The light of that love should be soothing and rejuvenating. The light that I speak of is the love of a parent for their child. The love and its light can become so bright and white hot in its core that it can hurt the parent. When our daughter died the light in her had exploded into a supernova, had unleashed the searing hot light that was our daughter. We look to your light as often as we can, despite the pain the light brings us to see it.
Love you, miss you, run to you
The family was able to see a glimpse of our powerful baby Vi, take a look.
We are planning a 3 on 3 BBALL tournament coming soon in August. We will have a large level of community support and Portland Basketball.com will be assisting in making this a well run and enjoyable time.
Vi, we are working on putting together a proposal for the parents of children who are afflicted with infectious diseases. We hope to hep them with the financial burdens that can accumulate while a child is in the hospital.
We plan to make an announcement in April at Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital.
We love you Vina and do this all for you.
We had the good fortune today to meet up with some Trailblazers with real class. Ben, Dez, Jordan and myself (daddy Joe) went out to Dick’s sporting goods for a signing by the players, it was a huge crowd with little chance of getting in to see the players before the time for signing was over, a huge turn out. Dez was able to get their attention with a basketball card and t shirt of the Vina’s - the kids were asked to come meet with the players personally after the signing. I unfortunately was in line buying basketballs to sign, the kids were lucky enough to have the opportunity, but I was not able to get pics of this part of the day. So I had the kids sum up the day on camera. We were leaving and saw the cars, so with a stroke of (Vina) luck we saw them heading toward Tigard so we took chase and Martell Webster was generous enough with his personal time to let us have a photo op. I have to say that, he is a real genuine and amicable fella for having so much popularity. He showed compassion, and was truly authentic with his concern and caring for our cause to help protect children in memory of Vina and her sacrifice.
So here are some pics of the day and the kids and myself were excited to share this opportunity.
Vina would have been just as excited as the cousins were today if she was here in physical form. We know she was here in spiritual form though. Just a side bar, we did perform a U turn under safe conditions. Some drama was perpetrated for the camera.
Then Martell was generous enough to sign a number of our VVV Foundation articles and a basketball. He said he would proudly wear Vina’s dogtag and live strong wrist band. We had an XLARGE VVV TSHIRT that we gave him to wear and he signed it as well. It sounds like the Team is going to sign a jersey for the cause, that is really fantastic! We in the family and her friends know that Basketball is and was her passion. She also excelled in the sport. She was to say the least, an extreme Trailblazer fan and I know the next fundraiser should be a basketball related event. The goal is to have a fun summer 3 on 3 basketball tournament to raise awareness and fundraise as well as simply have a fun family day of athletic competition.
Thanks so much guys, especially Martell for everything along with your support for such a needed resource for our community.
Here are the pics and video: http://gallery.mac.com/joe_zelk#100263
Here is an article that supports aggressive treatment of the flu in children within the 1st 24-48 hours.
See this link for the video talking about the research.
Children who receive Tamiflu (oseltamivir) within one day of influenza diagnosis are half as likely to develop pneumonia as a complication, researchers said here.
This is an 18 minute video of a neuroanatomist who was fortunate enough survive a brain injury due to bleeding in the brain.
It makes you think about what life is like during the transition from this world to the next.
This is a link to a video that is talked about in a blog. http://www.microclesia.com/?p=320
Click and watch.
We have been researching the Bluemorpho shamanistic journey in Peru to attempt to understand why all of this has happened to us. Take a look at these pics of one person’s journey to the peruvian amazon.
Take a look at this link:
Here another link for some blogging: http://wordpress.com/tag/shamanic-journey/
Please take a moment to look into these topics to expand ones notions of the present and now.
We like to support sites that promote kids learning about health.
Here is kids health a great way to learn about health and how the body works
Take a moment to look at this minisite made for Vina’s memory by uncle jimmy.
Here is a slide show done by uncle Jimmy showing off some Vina artwork.
Vina was a gifted and loving daughter. She love her family more than most could imagine. The loss of a perfectly healthy and gifted 12 year old girls to an unknown virus causing meningoencephalitis is unacceptable in this day and age. We need to all focus our efforts on fighting viruses that cause the loss of perfectly healthy children like our Angel Vina. We will be writing a chronicle of the formation of a foundation in her honor. Thank you for your kind support and interest in making a difference in the life of what could be any of our children.
Please take a moment and visit this link to see our daughter in action. http://gallery.mac.com/joe_zelk#100228
Love mommy, Daddy Joe and the whole family!
We finally have a guestbook/blog up for VVV Foundation Baby Hai Vi!!!
We will be able to manage the forum so that only positive and beneficial contributors will be allowed to aire their feelings and thoughts about you and the cause.
We love you, miss you, run to you sweet Vi!
I am confident you are proud of what we have all done in your honor this last weekend on your 13th Birthday. The walkathon on March 15th that went from 10am to 3pm was a great celebration of the love our family and community have for you and willingness to make a difference in children’s lives in your memory.
We thank you for all the donations from attendees and sponsors. We thank you for your support in this public charity.
We are so proud of how the event turned out at Southridge and look forward to making this a successful annual event.
We love you very much!
We all do it for Vina!!
We are looking forward to finding out the winner of the 1st Annual VVV Foundation Free Throw Shoot Off that was held at Conestoga Middle School (where Vina attended school) in honor of Vina. We plan on expanding the event throughout the district next year and offering a savings bond for a scholarship the competitors. This year over 90 kids signed up and pictures will be posted.
This link will show some video footage for the event.
So the letters weren’t a that easy to get on the blog, but they have been added to the bottom of the home page for vvvfoundation.org.
Please take a moment to read them and see an example of caring. We were truly blessed.
We are now on the hunt for volunteers for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Please feel free to email or go to the get involved page of the website.
We were fortunate enough to talk with Ryan with the Special Olympics this last week. He was very gracious and extremely supportive of our cause. We give him our thanks and gratitude. Please take a moment to look up the special Olympics to find what may be something that you can do to help. They are working hard to active in our community. Many children affected by viruses will end up needing the services of the special Olympics due to the side effects left in those who may survive from a viral illness. We strive to support, treat, and prevent illness related to viral infections.
We love and miss you sweet Vi, we know you are near to us everywhere we go!
Love mommy and daddy joe
Baby Vi, we are doing most of our talking on the www.freewebs.com/vinaweloveyou website at the moment. It is like a open mic to you baby Vi. I plan to start documenting all that has taken place since you left us for heaven. We strive to make a difference for you sweetie. Today, at your middle school, Conestoga here in Beaverton Oregon, the leadership of the student body decided to make next week Vina’s awareness week. We will all be working hard to make your 1st walk a thon a success sweetie. Mommy, Tif, me and the whole family and your friends all miss you desperately. I am going to start posting your pics to this blog and documenting your work and how you are impacting others through your sacrifice. We love you baby Vi.
Love Daddy Joe and Mommy
Here is some fun footage of the walkathon held at Southridge high school, a fair, games, food and raffles for Vina’s cause!!