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I received the following letter from a good friend. It tells about a young man named Justin, who has lived through multiple surgeries and is facing a very serious surgery now.

Please read Justin’s story in Bonnie’s letter for background information.

Bonnie is trying to organize a CARD BLAST for Justin. She wants as many people as possible to send him a card. I know that my readers live all over the US and other countries. He would be thrilled to receive many cards from people who live in diverse areas of the country and of the world. Spread the word to everyone you know, so that he will receive lots of cards. Thank you so much!

His address is: Justin McClelland, 1809 18th Court, Jupiter, Florida, 33477

Bonnie’s letter follows.

Dear Friends, 

We have been given a wonderful opportunity to extend a helping hand to a neighbor in need.This is such a simple “feel good” chance to reach out that I am excited to share with you.

I’d like to tell you a little about a young man named Justin McClelland…

Justin is, in many ways, a typical All-American 18 year old. When he was younger, he participated in a variety of sports, but particularly he excelled in volleyball and swimming.

He is part of a loving family that includes his mom, dad, and big sister Megan.

In a very crucial way, though, Justin is quite dissimilar from his peers. Hours after he was born, he was diagnosed with “short femur syndrome”, which meant that his right leg would be as much as 12 inches shorter than his left leg. Thus began a long series of multiple surgeries to lengthen his leg bit by bit.

Let’s fast forward a few years. Justin’s specialist is located in southern Florida, so he and his mom, Pam, spend much of their time away from their family and friends here in Louisville, in order to be where he is able to receive the specialized treatment he requires. Sadly, Justin’s situation has taken a turn for the worse. Somewhere in the midst of more than three dozen surgeries, he had his ACL in his knee replaced. The replacement became horribly infected, and his surgeons had to remove his entire knee. He has understandably been in a great deal of pain for quite some time. He is now awaiting a surgery called “quadriceplasty”which was developed and is only performed by the surgeon who is operating on Justin’s leg. This is an extremely difficult and intense operation which requires opening Justin’s leg from the top of his hip all the way down to his ankle. This will basically rebuild his leg and give him a new knee. He will then spend about 10 days in a hyperbaric chamber in the hospital in the hope of keeping infection at bay.

Justin’s mom told me that the harsh reality of this rare and risky surgery’s success is 50%. If it is unsuccessful, Justin’s leg will need to be amputated.

Here’s where we come in. Eighteen year old boys should be thinking of prom, of high school graduation, of where to take that special girl on a date, or what awesome car they have their eyes on ….not on whether or not they will enter surgery with two legs just to wake up to discover they are leaving with only one leg.

Justin needs our support! I want to organize a card blast like no other. He received 30 cards in the last card blast, and it lifted his spirits enormously. Justin’s mother has given me her blessing to pass the word along to anyone and everyone who is willing to participate.

First, I ask that you please send Justin a word of encouragement. It can be a card, note,  or whatever you want. All it takes is a card, a few minutes and a stamp.

Secondly, I ask that you spread the word to others, and ask them to participate in the card blast.

Science has proven time and again that there is a direct connection between mind and body, and that those who feel hopeful heal better and more quickly. Let’s help Justin save his leg!

Justin’s address is:

Justin McClelland, 1809 18th Court, Jupiter, Florida, 33477

Justin’s medical information can be found at care pages.com. His sign in name is Jman.

Thank you and God bless,

Bonnie Chiarot

 

 

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