Hearts for a Heart Warrior: A Fundraiser for the Family of Little Ryder Cannon

I have something really special to announce! Starting today, What the Teacher Wants is hosting a fundraiser for a very deserving local family here in Utah. Some of the biggest names in the TPT clip art world have all come together to help raise money for a sweet little "Heart Warrior" named Ryder. 



Ryder's mom, Jessie, and I used to teach together at my old school. We worked together for 6 years before she and I both changed schools and began teaching in different places. She is one of my dearest friends and I loved every second of working with her. She is full of life, hilarious, and one of the best teachers you'll ever meet.

Fast forward a little bit, and I have a heartbreaking story to tell you about my friend Jessie. After going through a relatively easy pregnancy with her 4th child, Little Ryder Cannon was born on December 2nd, 2014 and was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect. He spent over 180 days in the ICU while doctors tried everything they could to fix his heart. 


During his life, he underwent three open heart surgeries, one of which was an experimental surgery to replace his heart valve; he was the first baby at Primary Children's Hospital to ever have it done. That surgery was a success and earned him the nickname of "Heart Warrior." However, the doctors were never able to completely fix his broken heart. Ryder spent 30 days on the heart transplant list, but unfortunately the new heart never came. 

Little Ryder passed away in August of 2014 at only 8 and a half month old.

{Photography by: Crystal Spencer Photography}

During his short time in the world, Ryder blessed the lives of many. This little Heart Warrior leaves behind a mom, dad, two sisters and a brother who miss him every single day. The financial burden of it all leaves a huge stress on the family. The medical bills are still coming in and Little Ryder still needs a headstone for his grave.

{To read more of Ryder's story, click here.}


 


For this reason, I have put together a fundraiser on Ryder's behalf. 

All donations collected through this "Hearts for a Heart Warrior" fundraiser will go to help the Cannon family with Ryder's medical bills and will also help purchase a headstone for Ryder's grave. 





For your $25 donation, you will receive "The Ultimate Valentine's Day HEART and LOVE Inspired Graphics Mega Bundle" There are over 300 graphics included in this amazing pack!



(These are both exclusive graphic sets and are not available anywhere else.
These are custom designed for this special fundraiser!)

Melonheadz: Exclusive Heart Warrior Bundle














Natalie Kay: Valentine's Day Pennant Banner





This fundraiser starts right now and will run until Valentine's Day. I know that Ryder's family will be very appreciative for any and all donations they receive! Thank you!!


Also, a giant thank you to all who donated products to this fundraiser. Please check out each of these awesome blogs!

 The Creative Chalkboard Frog Spot Blog
  Teaching in the Tongass

  The Creative Classroom

   

Also, thank you to my sweet teacher friends, Christie & Crystal, for their help!

8 comments:

Positively Learning said...

Thank you so much for sharing this story and offering us the opportunity to help. I just shared about the fundraiser on my blog - thanks again! Jen

Poetryman said...

Be blessed and stay strong!

Michelle Hudgeons said...

In tears! I would love to share this on Piercen's Prayers for Piercen facebook page....but with permission of course. Is there another way to donate? FundMe page or an acct?

Nancy Wilson said...

Purchased & blogged about it...praying that God uses this to help your friend's family!
The Apple Basket Teacher
Thanks,
Nancy
The Apple Basket Teacher

SC Teacher 28 said...

I purchased this pack. It is such a worthy cause. I plan to blog about it as soon as I back to my computer. I will link back to your post.
Joni

Irene Hines said...

Thank you for sharing this story and all you are doing for your friend. I just purchased this bundle. I have shared the fundraiser on my pages. My thoughts and prayers go out to your friend's family.
Irene Hines

Chrissy Heath said...

Oh! What that family has been through, I cannot imagine! I will try to share this on my blog facebook page.Chrissy
First Grade Found Me

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