Jammin' for Julian - An Update on a 5 Year Old in Need

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A month ago, I wrote a post asking for help for 5 year old Julian, and I wanted to send an update on how he is doing.

Many of you have been generous in assisting Julian and his family both with prayers and monetary contributions and they are grateful. 

Julian Dunn at the Beach

Julian came home for the first time a little over a week ago and is having radiation treatments daily.  Though his parents are excited to have hime home.  They are discovering how ill his treatments are making him each day.  He is weak, can't walk on his own and is getting his nutrition through a tube.  Despite all of this, the family rejoices in having him home.

His parents have sought and found a way to make something good from Julian's illness.

They, their friend and their family are organizing a fund raising concert - Jammin' for Julian.  His parents envision it as an annual fund raiser to assist children and their families at CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) who are suffering from cancer. 

The performers at this concert will be no older than sixth graders, and it will be open to any child who chooses to perform in a musical way.

The Lil' Lighthouse Preschool choir will be performing as will many other children. 

If you would like to assist Julian and his family, you may do so by clicking on the button below.


Julian Dunn

The above link will take you to a separate website where the button is live.

Also, please pass this along to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to see if they, too, will help Julian and his family.

 

Please see the flyer below for complete information on this event:

 Inaugural Jammin' for Julian

 

An Open Children's Pop Concert & Expo

  

When: Saturday, March 21

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (*concert will start promptly at 4 p.m.)

Where: Newport Mesa Church sanctuary, 2599 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.

What: An open children's pop concert and expo (performers from preschool to 6th grade).

Among those performing will be the Lil' Lighthouse Preschool choir, as well as many other young and talented musicians. Proceeds will benefit the Dunn Family, whose 5-year-old son, Julian, is being treated for a brain tumor.

Facilities contact: Jenna Gruber, (714) 966-0454.

Donations: Open.

(Note: Checks should be made payable to Richard and Andrea Dunn. Donations are not tax deductable. Any single contribution from one person to another in an amount over $12,000 will be subject to filing a gift tax.)

Dear friends,

After the shock of Julian's brain tumor and subsequent surgeries (three to date), our family began the long journey of a 55-week radiation and chemotherapy program in January 2009 to fight the brain cancer in our precious boy. After 38 days at CHOC, with his mother living in the room with him, Julian is home and trying to recover from myriad obstacles. Most signs are positive in his recovery. Our family believes in miracles and trusts God's hand.

In the meantime, a tsunami of medical bills is coming.

Me and my wife, Andrea, have been blessed with a home-based business so we can raise our two boys full time. We have paid for our own medical coverage since starting our own business in 2005, but in no way were we prepared for the cataclysmic news we received on Dec. 5, 2008, when CHOC doctors discovered a brain tumor and proceeded with emergency surgery.

While we continue to work to support our family, we are also exploring fundraising channels to provide support for medical expenses.

Now is the time to turn negatives into positives, beginning with the inaugural Jammin' for Julian, an open children's pop concert and benefit event for the Julian Dunn Family, which plans to continue the event each year to generate gifts for a special CHOC-based fund to help other families who are going through similar catastrophes.

Further, we plan to work with our family pediatrician, Dr. Peri Gunay, on being able to better identify brain tumors and try to better understand how and why it happens in children. Dr. Gunay has taken Julian's case to a medical board as a study for other doctors to analyze and examine. Twenty years ago, nobody would survive the type of brain tumor Julian had, but today there is hope and recovery. While most all of the medical industry's energy and resources have been geared toward healing young patients with brain tumors through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, little has been done to better detect and understand a potential brain tumor before it's too late.

Through this ordeal, our family believes that God will be glorified and He has chosen us to walk down this path.

The idea of Jammin' for Julian is a long-lasting musical event featuring preschool through elementary school students as solo acts, duets and group performances. While the mission of the concert is to raise funds for the Julian Dunn Family and continue in future years to help support a fund at CHOC that benefits other families, the vision for Jammin' for Julian is full-scale media coverage that includes a spot on PBS or other television outlets. It is a venue for children to perform and express their love for music in a public arena. Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa or Carnegie Hall in New York could be next.

 

Thank you,

 

Richard Dunn

(Julian's father)

 

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Elizabeth Nieves
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This post really touched my heart. I am going to include it in my week in review so that many others can be blessed. ~GBU~

Jan 25, 2009 10:35 AM #5
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Gena - That's what we're hoping for too.  Rich asked me if I'd help get the word out about the benefit, and this post is my first step.

Jan 25, 2009 03:55 PM #6
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Terri -  Thank you. There's a lot of optimism right now surrounding Julian's recovery, and his family is trying to make something positive out of it.  That said; I believe it is changing their lives constantly.

I can't imagine going through this with either my husband or my boys.  I lost my little brother unexepectedly 5 years ago, and it's given me a different perspective on many things.

Jan 25, 2009 03:58 PM #7
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Elizabeth - Thank you for spotlighting this post. We're trying to expose it as much as possible so that others can be aware of it.

Jan 25, 2009 03:59 PM #8
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Christine, what a wonderful post that you've done to get the word out! There's nothing sadder than a sick child. I hope the fundraiser is a success!

Jan 25, 2009 10:45 PM #9
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Hello Christine,
Stories like this just break my heart but lift my spirit too when people get involved and help.

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This illness took my mother at the age of 52. I'm donating money, and thanks for posting this Christine.

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Christine,
The above anonymous comment is mine -  I was not logged in--  Sorry!

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I struggle with the thought of any child going through this type of pain, and any parent having to watch it.  They will be in my prayers.

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Connie  - There really isn't anything sadder. We're hopeful about the fund raiser.

Jan 26, 2009 12:31 PM #14
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Cynthia - Me too, and we're trying to help as much as possible.

Jan 26, 2009 12:36 PM #15
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Susan - It's difficult for all of them.  They appreciate your prayers.

Jan 26, 2009 01:47 PM #16
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HI BEAUTIFUL JULIAN,

YOU ARE GODS MIRACLE AND HE IS WITH YOU EVERYDAY AND GOD IS WITH MOMMIE AND DADDY AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS..YOU ARE SO STRONG AND WE KNOW THAT EACH DAY YOU WILL GET BETTER. I AM SENDING LOTS OF  LOVE AND HEALING PRAYERS TO YOU ...WE WILL BE AT YOUR JAMIN FOR JULIAN CONCERT TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY......YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ALL OF US..THANK YOU FOR BEING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHILD WHO IS HELPING OTHER CHILDREN AS WELL..WE LOVE YOU JULIAN AND WE WILL SEE YOU ON SATURDAY...BIG HUGS TO YOU ALWAYS....YOUR ANGEL.......

Mar 20, 2009 07:06 PM #17
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BEAUTIFUL JULIAN,

LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU...WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND KNOW THE STRENGTH THAT YOU HAVE.

YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL...........WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS............................................

LOVE, KACEY AND LAURIE  AND ALL OF KOCI 101.5 FM....JAMIN FOR JULIAN....YOUR OUR HEART

XXXOOOO

Mar 20, 2009 07:15 PM #18
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GOD BLESS YOU JULIAN AND YOUR FAMILY

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT ALL OF US HERE WILL FIGHT WITH YOU...

YOUR A CHAMP IN THE RING,

GOD BLESS YOU,

ROCKY.....

Mar 20, 2009 07:18 PM #19
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DEAR PRECIOUS JULIAN AND FAMILY,

WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU,

YOUR OUR HERO...YOU GIVE US ALL THE MEANING OF LIFE.....

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.....

LOVE AND BLESSINGS ARE SENT TO YOU EACH DAY WITH A BIG HUG TOO...........

LOVE,

KOCI 101.5 FM RADIO STATION ...WE LOVE YOU

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Angelina - I am so glad you were able to be with us yesterday and hope you enjoyed is as much as I did.

Mar 22, 2009 03:06 AM #21
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Kacey - Thank you for your wishes.

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Rocky  - I know the Dunns appreciate your prayers.

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KOCI - Thank you for helping with Jammin' for Julian and broadcasting the whole event so those not there could share in the joy as well.

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