I made this card for Satori after hearing her story from her mom on Twitter. Here's what she has to say.
Her story below as written by her mom:
"For those of you who don't know me, my name is Melissa Lewis, Haut Totes on Etsy, as well as Hauttotes on twitter.My 10 year old daughter Satori has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (type II) She uses a power wheelchair, can't walk, crawl, etc. Despite that she's a rock star!! She has a super sense of humor, gets straight A's even though she misses an average of 40 days of school a year! She's a great sister & daughter & a fantastic person all around. Because she is so physically weak her body doesn't hold its self up well and she has developed severe scoliosis. The curve of her spine it is now starting to crush her lung, so on March 31 she will have full spinal fusion. They will open her back from the neck all the way down, insert 2 titanium rods, one on either side of her spine, wire the whole thing up and place donor bone in between all the vertebrae. Eventually it will all grow together "fusing" her spine into one long bone. We are traveling to California to have this done, with an estimated stay in the hospital of 7-10 days. I am hoping to get people to send her postcards from all over. I think that the messages (and pictures) will be fun for her. I also plan to take an atlas and have her mark off states and countries (sneaking in a little geography). We have great insurance, a FANTASTIC surgeon and a world renowned hospital!!**Satori is not in need of anything more than some fun messages and exiting postmarks!**"
Original blog post: http://postcardsforsatori.blogspot.com/
This is how the post card should be addressed:
Surgery date 3-31-10
Davis 7 Pediatrics
UC Davis Children's Hospital
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817 USA
**Be sure to include the surgery date**
If you've got some time to make a card, or you have a card or postcard laying around, send one out to her. She'll be in the hospital for awhile after her surgery so this will give her something to do. Remember how fun getting mail was when you were a kid?! Help make her stay more enjoyable.