To our dearest WonderFold family, we made it. The holidays are here, and the bright lights of this joyous and festive occasion come with them. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you had a fantastic 2022 and are looking forward to an even better 2023.
This year, we’re happy to say we flourished under a wave of positivity at WonderFold. We helped so many families and communities in need.
It warms our hearts, but our journey doesn’t stop. As we draw closer to the holiday season (and throughout it), we’re assisting families who need that extra help. As part of that, we’re excited to have more stories to share with you today.
Today, we’ll be sharing the stories of:
- Amy Bortel.
- Mackenzie Rose.
- Bailey Westerhold.
- Brittany Heckman.
- Tanya Christian.
So if you see a name you recognize, feel free to jump straight to their story. Otherwise, read each story below and let these beautiful souls bring happiness to your day—just as they did ours.
Let’s get started.
Amy’s Story — Everyday Heroes and a Gorgeous Grandbaby
This is the story of a lovely daughter and grandbaby living with high-risk stage 4 neuroblastoma. The grandbaby in this story was diagnosed with the horrible disease in October and has since started treatment in Los Angeles—45 miles from home.
As you can imagine, life isn’t easy for Amy’s family. However, despite the difficulty, there is happiness to be had—a new baby joined the family on November 9th. 🙂
Unfortunately, though, looking after two kids isn’t easy. In fact, we’ve spoken to mothers worldwide and know how hard it is, and we’re sure you understand how challenging it is, too.
However, since the lovely grandbaby of this story is living with high-risk cancer, life for Amy’s fam is even more challenging than that.
Her family sometimes have to go back and forth from the hospital five days in a row so that the grandbaby can get her treatment. Sometimes, the grandbaby doesn’t even get to come home from those treatments.
Now, imagine what needs to come with Amy’s family on the days when Grandbaby can’t come home:
- A stroller
- Baby seat
- Extra clothes
Not to mention, Amy’s family has to find a place to park in a big LA hospital, which can be troublesome.
However, that’s not all there is to this story—this story also includes two everyday heroes.
The mother in this story is a nurse, and her husband is a fireman. So getting time off to tend to poor Grandbaby isn’t easy—they have to take lots of sick days and vacation time to stay with her.
We understand how difficult that must be, and we wanted to do everything we could to help. So we’ve donated Amy and fam one of our W4 Elite wagons.
W4 Elite Stroller Wagon
The W4 Elite Stroller Wagon holds up to 4 children, but for Amy and her family, it will provide ample storage space to ensure they’re equipped for Amy’s in-patient stays. It has a deep carriage, a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs, and even zippered mesh panels on the sides for extra storage space.
Amy and fam, we hope it makes your life easier. <3
And remember, because both of your parents are everyday heroes, you can also sign up for our exclusive heroes discount should you ever need more from us.
Mackenzie’s Story — A Gift for Difficult Times
This story isn’t easy to talk about. Recently, the Rose family found themselves in a difficult situation. The mom of this dear family is caring for her four children all on her own—two of her children are four years of age, and the other two are only babies.
We mentioned in Amy’s story how difficult looking after two kids is, but being on your own with four kids, we can’t even imagine.
However, Rose has a caring support network helping her pay her bills, and we want to help, too—because Rose—we’re told you’re an incredibly sweet family.
So, like with Amy, we’ve gifted Mackenzie Rose and her family a W4 Elite Stroller Wagon. We know Mom was saving for a wagon, but you don’t need to save anymore. We’re here to help. <3
Bailey’s Story — Surgeries with a Little Warrior
This next story features Bailey, but be warned, it’s another hard one to hear.
It all started when Bailey went to find out the gender of her second baby. After two unsuccessful trips and having specialists tell her they couldn’t identify her baby’s gender, she contacted her obstetrician.
Bailey’s obstetrician booked her in for an ultrasound—and it wasn’t long after that when Bailey was told some terrible news.
“Your baby will not make it past 20 weeks of pregnancy. The baby has too many defects to survive.”
Hearing this news is just horrible. And unsurprisingly, Bailey had to start going for weekly heartbeat checks afterward; she suffered from depression, and it all ultimately changed her life.
As time went on, Bailey learned more about her baby’s condition. Her baby had:
And not long after, Bailey went into early labor. She was admitted into hospital before having a C-Section weeks later.
The good news is the baby boy made it. However, there were more complications for Bailey and fam ahead—her baby was born with VACTERL. Jump to today, and he’s had ten surgeries:
The latest surgery took place in December, where he had a section of his bowels removed, a G-Tube put in place, and his bladder repaired.
As you can imagine, that means there’s constantly a lot of equipment on hand. For Bailey’s family, it’s difficult for them to now remain mobile and enjoy the outdoors. This is where WonderFold is stepping in. We’re also gifting Bailey and the family a W4 Elite Wagon.
Brittany’s Story — A Valuable Surprise
We love it when our WonderFold wagons are surprises, and this is precisely what this wagon is; let’s take a look.
Brittany’s baby is around six months old but, sadly, lives with cancer. So Brittany has to travel to St. Judes Children's Hospital in Tennessee every two weeks.
However, Brittany doesn’t just have one six-month-old to look after. She has another little one, too. And traveling to the hospital so regularly with them both is difficult—especially when Brittany has to fit both of them into the stroller and has a car seat to bring.
So we’re thrilled to hear that Brittany's friends and family want to surprise her with a wagon, and we’re happy to accommodate that.
Brittany, your support network told us that a W4 Elite Wagon would help you tremendously, and we hope it does. We hope it makes your life easier, so please enjoy it, and let us know how it helps.
Tanya’s Story — Two Heroes. We Want to Give Back
This last story is about two veterans who’ve both served tours in the Iraq war. The first veteran is Tanya, and she’s had a tough year.
She was recently diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of cancer. It stopped her from working, and she had to undergo chemo and radiotherapy to try and be rid of it.
There is good news to be had. Tanya is now cancer free!
Yet, despite being a veteran and hero, she is not exempt from medical bills.
Additionally, her husband is a veteran, too, who was medically discharged from the military after ten years of service. This was after having several back surgeries, which now means he struggles to help with his and Tanya’s children.
So we want to give the two heroes of this story a W2 Elite Stroller. We hope it gives you more chances to get the kids outside, take them to soccer games, and even the zoo! We wish you the best in your recovery Tanya and hope a wagon provides valuable memories with your family and kids. Thank your sister, Jennifer for giving us this opportunity to give back to you.
Wonderfold Cares, and Here’s What We’re Doing to Help
That’s it for our WonderFold Cares stories. However, we’ll be busy going into 2023 supporting other families in need. If you think you or someone you know needs help, please fill out our WonderFold Cares form, and let us know what we can do.
Alternatively, if you’re an everyday hero like the heroes in Jennifer and Mackenzie’s family, check out our exclusive Everyday Heroes Discount.
Finally, if you want to learn what else WonderFold has been doing to support our community, check out some of our other WonderFold Cares blog posts:
- WonderFold Cares — November 2022
- WonderFold Cares — September 2022
- WonderFold Cares — August 2022
- WonderFold Cares — July 2022